The flexible nature of the Cheshire Women’s Cricket League’s Soft Ball Division meant that the Jets’ women’s team had two matches scheduled within quick succession at the start of July after several weeks off the pitch.
The first match pitted the Jets against a youthful Stockport Georgians side which boasted a couple of players well along the Cheshire pathway, one of which occasionally plays in their women’s 1stXI; the majority of the Georgians’ players came from their junior ranks who play on a regular basis in the girls’ leagues.
In contrast, the Jets’ continued to give opportunities to our new influx of players keen to grasp the opportunity of playing cricket. A mix of players with some experience in the side to support the newer players meant lots of encouragement in the field and a very positive atmosphere.
Debutant Emma Dawson had a great introduction to the game with both the bat and ball; Grace Perrin put in a great bowling and fielding performance in only her second game.
Unfortunately the result didn’t end in the Jets’ favour but this season is all about player confidence and development, something that’s certainly happening.
The second match was supposed to see the Jets take on Macclesfield CC’s women on Sunday but the heavy rain in the area forced the match to be postponed until later in the month.
With several fixtures lined up, including rearranged games, the women are due to play four more league fixtures in July against Broadbottom, Langley, Macclesfield & Toft.
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