June has been the ECB’s “Women’s Cricket Month” which celebrates women and girls’ cricket across the country. What better way to end the festivities than for London Road to host the club’s first Women’s Soft Ball Cricket Festival… aka a “Prosecco Festival”.
Eight teams from around the county eagerly popped the Prosecco corks before taking to the pitch… although it was just soft drinks for our U15 girls playing in their first matches together as a team.
With matches taking place across the outfield, it was great to see so many women playing cricket and having a fabulous time. The BBQ was fired up and the music was playing, with Stockport Cricket Club’s “Ab Fabs!” leading the way in showing us their dance moves.
Due to Covid regulations around mixing, two separate bubbles created two leagues that were played side by side which also meant two winning teams on the day. A strong Leigh Super 8s side won their league with some great batting and bowling performances.
The other league went down to the final match with the NECCC Hurricanes side taking on the NECCC U15 Lightning team. This match was definitely a Jets’ family affair which saw the opposing captains being mother and daughter with their spouse/dad taking up the umpiring role for this important game. In the end, the Hurricanes came out on top to take top spot in their league.
With further prizes also given out for teams with the highest totals of runs made and wickets taken, every team had something to play for.
These festivals are a great way for women to play cricket in a competitive but fun environment, so it was great to see so many Jets making their debuts across our three teams and to also hear that all the clubs thoroughly enjoyed the afternoon.
A huge thank you from all the women’s squad to all involved from across the Jets family who made the day so successful.
As Women’s Cricket Month ends, our women are ready to face Stockport Georgians and Macclesfield in quick succession at the start of July in the Cheshire Women’s Cricket League. With several of the Jets set to face Georgians regularly taking up places on the opposition’s team sheets as part of our dual club arrangement, it could be an interesting game on Thursday.
Cricket is back for summer 2023 and North East Cheshire Cricket Club want you to be a part of...