Ladies cricket starting to flourish

Ladies cricket teams pictured during Sunday's event.
Ladies cricket teams pictured during Sunday's event.

Ladies cricket is really beginning to take off in the area and Longridge Cricket Club is at the forefront of this development.

This was particularly evident on Sunday in the latest ladies event supported by the Lancashire Women’s Cricket Development Group when a round robin six-a-side contest was held at Longridge Sports Centre with teams from Longridge, Clitheroe, Burnley and Leigh cricket clubs taking part.

The day was arranged on the back of the girls taking part in the ECB Women’s Indoor Championships in January and

February and proved to be another success with 27 players enjoying a fantastic day’s cricket played in a great spirit.

The format was pairs cricket with three pairs batting for three overs each and for every wicket lost five

runs would be deducted from the total.

The Longridge squad of Natalie Kaye, Hannah Mansell, Hannah Nagla, Polly Pearse, Bethan Seward, Sophie Warr and Nicki

Wilcox came out on top winning all three of their games with scores of 98 for 3 v Burnley CC, 102 for 5 v Clitheroe CC and 125 for 5 v Leigh CC.

With the outdoor season approaching, Longridge and Clitheroe as well as other players from the surrounding area will be joining forces to play 11-a-side matches as Ribble Valley Women - the plan being to establish a player base through playing friendlies in 2015 with the aim of joining a competitive women’s league for the 2016 season.

A spokesperson said: “Ladies cricket is really taking off and Longridge CC once again is at the forefront of local development, so if you would like to get involved then please email Roger Kaye at roger.kaye@btinternet.com regardless of age or ability and he will provide you with more details, similarly more generalinformation can be found on the Lancashire Cricket Board’s website in the womens and girls section if you visit www.lancashirecricket.co.uk.”