The ladies have had a busy month throughout June with friendlies, festivals and league fixtures.
The month started with a friendly fixture against the ladies of Langley CC. The weather was not as kind as the earlier friendly and the players dodged the rain to play the game. Langley were once again a strong batting side and came out on top.
With many of our squad taking advantage of the two week half term holiday, we unfortunately had to concede our first matches the following weekend in the Cheshire Women’s Soft Ball Cricket League due to low player availability.
Stockport Georgians invited us for a friendly game with their development squad ahead of their ladies’ hard ball league game. Even with many of our squad involved in the Juniors U9 festival at Poynton, we still managed to field a team who stormed to victory.
After a couple of us took a slight a detour across the Mersey to watch Lancashire Thunder play at Widnes CC, the ladies headed to Frodsham CC to finally get our league games underway. With bad weather forecast, the format was unfortunately shortened but we convincingly beat the combined Heaton Mersey CC/Cheadle CC team but lost to Davenham CC.
We headed back to Langley CC on the last Sunday of the month, fielding two teams in their soft ball festival. No prosecco on offer this time but Pimms was the drink tempting the teams in… Although we didn’t win the festival, we did beat the eventual winners, ‘Langley 2’, in the group stages.
With so many fixtures played over June, it has been great to see the progression in the squad’s fielding: everyone moving more and backing each other up is now coming more naturally to the ladies, even some acrobatics to save boundaries. Everyone’s bowling is improving game on game. Batting shots are being carefully thought about to find the gaps in the field and use the pitch of the ball well. Our greatest nemesis has been the influx of hockey players in to the sport who just have the ability to whack an incrediball!
July brings more matches in the weeks ahead:
14 July – Macclesfield Soft Ball Festival
21 July – Cheshire Women’s Soft Ball League at Disley
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