Cricket Scotland has welcomed a newly-formed Women’s and Girls Twenty20 tournament which will open the calendar for Scottish Womens cricket in Edinburgh on Sunday 30 April.
Watsonian Ladies Cricket Club captain, Kate Wheway, has organised this tournament at Myreside and Craiglockhart cricket fields in the capital.
The response to this first-ever tournament for ladies has been encouraging and Kate hopes it will become an annual event.
“Originally six teams showed an interest but now seven teams have entered, so we will have a round robin event – two leagues of teams playing each other with the winner of each league featuring in the final later that day.
“We are obviously keeping our fingers crossed for good weather but we do have contingency plans for an indoor tournament nearby if necessary”.
This is a promising development as Cricket Scotland looks to increase female participation in the sport by 20% within the next two years.
Nicola Wilson, Girls and Women’s Participation Manager, is hopeful that members of the Scottish International Women’s Cricket Team, The Wildcats, will be present at the event and sign autographs.
Liz Smith, Member of the Scottish Parliament for Mid-Scotland and Fife, herself a keen cricket mentor, will be presenting a trophy to the winning team.
Admission is free of charge and a Softball Cricket tournament will also be organised for school girls’ participation aged 8-16.
The first matches of this all-day event will be underway at 9.30am.
Watsonian Ladies Cricket Club are recruiting girls from 13 years onwards and welcome any age and ability.
Contact Kate Wheway on firstname.lastname@example.org or ideally introduce yourself at this event.