Ottery St Mary Cricket Club to re-launch girls’ and women’s cricket

PUBLISHED: 09:05 05 April 2018 | UPDATED: 09:05 05 April 2018

Picture: Thinkstock

Picture: Thinkstock

DAVID MARIUZ

After a challenging 2017 season, Ottery St Mary Cricket Club aim to put things right again in 2018.

One item on the agenda is getting more members. The re-introduction of a girls’ team, as well as the introduction of a women’s cricket team should go a long way to helping that.

Girls’ cricket was set up in 2012 and had some early successes, However, there was difficulty in keeping it running and proceedings came to a halt in 2016.

After recent changes at the club, the aim is to get it up and running, and this time keep it running!

The sessions officially start on Monday, April 23, at the club’s Salston Field home, running from 6pm until 7pm and for a period of 10 weeks, five before the May half-term and five weeks after, with a cost of £10 for each five-week block.

The sessions are aimed for those aged between the ages of six and 12, and will be softball based with an aim to establish a hardball team in future years.

Something new at the club this season is the plan to run women’s cricket sessions. As part of the Wine and Wickets initiative, the club will be running 10 sessions aimed at fun, enjoyable and informal softball cricket.

These will be taking place weekly from Monday, May 7, from 7-8pm and no experience is required to come and give it a go. The long-term aim of the project is to have a ladies’ team at Ottery, but for now the club would like to see more women playing off the back of England’s success at last year’s World Cup.

No fixtures have been set up yet, but the club would be open to organising fixtures from June onwards, depending on numbers!

All of the sessions will be run by Alex Clements: any enquiries can be directed to Alex himself at either 078133 38312 or via email at aclementscoaching@hotmail.com

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