It seems like a lot of young women are now – perhaps surprisingly – turning toward cricket as their sport of choice… and it’s no different here in Draycott.
For many women, cricket offers camaraderie, fun, some outdoor exercise – and you don’t have to be super-fit to play it!
And, you’ll be glad to hear, Blythe Cricket Club’s ladies – who play here in Draycott – are now actively looking for young women (from 16 years to 40-plus) to join them.
Last season Blythe Women’s First XI had an amazing time, winning promotion to the Women’s Midlands League Division 1 West.
This season has not been such a happy experience, as they have had to face some of the best women’s sides in the West Midlands… but they are not daunted!
Captain Amy Bridgett, who is a medium pace bowler, clearly loves her sport: “I’ve only been playing for four years, but I’m really enjoying it. We don’t play every week, so it’s not demanding on most players.
“But I enjoy it so much that I’ve been aiming for the Staffs County Cricket Development Squad – and I’m in!”
Vice-captain Hattie Barnes (who is also in the county development squad) is the mainstay of the team’s batting, and picked up a gritty 74 in an innings against Wolverhampton CC only a few weeks ago.
“We would love to see more players join us. Some girls say to me that they’re not good at sport, but in cricket it’s mostly about willingness to learn.
“We have coaching sessions once a week on Thursday evening, where we take on beginners as much as experienced players… and it’s surprising how quickly you can pick it up.”
The coaching must be pretty good, as five other squad members from Blythe Ladies have also been asked to go along to county development sessions.
Ursula Bridgett is the manager of the side, and she too would like to see more players: “We have a decent-sized squad, but we have to accommodate for the fact that some of the girls will have to go off on holidays, or may have other commitments some times, so the more in the squad the better!” (See details of the present squad).
Ursula also has information about girls’ junior cricket too. Blythe CC runs an under-11, side, an under-13 side, an under-15, and an under-17 side, as well as the First XI.
“What can be better,” says Ursula “than coming up to the ground in Cresswell on a summer’s evening, having a chat, and playing a little cricket?
“Anyone who wants to come along, on Thursdays between 6p-8pm, will be very welcome!”
For more details, contact Ursula by email. Or phone 07896 560786. Or just turn up.
Blythe CC Women’s First XI have two more home matches this season: against Aston CC on Sunday 18th August, and against Walmley CC on Sunday 8th September.
The team trains and plays on the cricket ground in Cresswell in Cresswell Lane