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Cricket club launches ladies’ team

Report by James Richardson news@driffieldwoldsweekly.co.uk

Following the success of last season’s floodlit cricket tournament and the popularity of the Have-A-Go competition in recent years, Driffield Town Cricket Club is going one step further by launching a women and girls’ team ahead of the 2021 season.

With an under 11s side already well-established at the Kings Mill Road club, the plan is to reap the benefits of the aforementioned events and put together a team to play against other sides in East and North Yorkshire.

Although likely to be softball games initially, the long-term goal is for Driffield to take part in regular hardball matches, giving junior girl cricketers in the area the opportunity to replicate the achievements of current England stars Heather Knight, Anya Shrubsole and Stamford Bridge’s Lauren Winfield.

The team will be open to anyone aged 11 and above – with no upper age limit, whilst the club is hoping for a mix of teenagers, mums and grans to register their interest before the scheduled season start in late April.

Fun at Driffield CC’s annual Have-a-go Cricket competition which is held in August

Andy Inns, who will coach the women’s team alongside his commitments with the men’s 1st XI at Driffield, told the Wolds Weekly that a squad of 20 players would be an ideal number and allow the club to enter two teams into an East Riding-based league.

“I’ve been attending recent Zoom meetings about women and girls’ cricket, before I organised another with Rob Johnson (Yorkshire Cricket Board Community Cricket Officer – East Yorkshire) and members of the club,” said Andy.

“I invited Tracy Smith and Vicky Stabler, who have been helping to run the existing girls’ team at Driffield, to the meeting and we came up with a plan for the viability of running a women’s cricket team.

“We held the successful floodlit tournament at the end of last season and, previously, Pam Woodcock has organised the ladies Have-A-Go competition, which has been popular for many years now.

“We feel it’s time to put something more structured in place, with a possibility of coaching sessions and playing small-sided games against other clubs, initially with a softball.

ECB Level 3 Advanced/Performance Coach, Andy Inns

“If we could have around 20 players, that would allow us to enter two teams and play fixtures against the likes of Beverley, Bridlington, Hessle and Cottingham as well as sides based in North Yorkshire.

“We want to be part of the development of women’s cricket in the area, especially as an ECB Premier League club.

“The ECB is putting lots of money into women’s cricket and it’s important that we, as well as other clubs in the East Riding, get involved.”

As well as giving the junior players a route into senior women’s cricket, Andy said the club is also targeting players from other sports to join the new team.

With successful ladies sides already established at Driffield RUFC and Driffield Hockey Club, he said cricket will give them an opportunity to play sport during summer.

Tracy Smith and Vicky Stabler already run a girls’ team at Driffield Town Cricket Club.

“A ladies’ team will give the girls playing in the junior teams something to aspire to,” said Andy.

“We’ve got lots of very good girls aged nine, 10 and 11 and we don’t want to lose them.

“That’s why this team is aimed at secondary school age and above.

“The best players in the Driffield team could then be invited to play for an East Riding representative team with a hardball.

“Our aim is to be playing with a hardball permanently by the end of the season or at the beginning of the 2022 campaign.

“Driffield RUFC has been successful with its women’s team and Driffield Hockey Club’s ladies’ teams are thriving, so our aim is to be a sport they would like to play during the summer months, especially this year when it doesn’t appear anyone will be going on holiday again.

Driffield CC’s popular Have-a-go Cricket competition

“With the ladies, girls, junior, All Stars and Dynamos cricket, alongside the senior men’s teams, the club is in a healthy position, particularly with the 1st XI back in Yorkshire Premier League North.”

DTCC Ladies sign-up form here

Further enquiries can be directed to Andy Inns  inzaman187@hotmail.co.uk

Driffield Town Cricket Club’s stunning Kingsmill Road ground

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