New bash com­pe­ti­tion for women be­ing formed

The Timaru Herald - - SPORT - BRAY­DEN LIND­SAY

South Can­ter­bury Cricket are hop­ing their new women’s com­pe­ti­tion on a Mon­day evening could un­leash the next Suzie Bates.

They have de­cided to run an event from Novem­ber 6 called Women’s Quick Smash, hop­ing to get fe­males back play­ing cricket.

It would likely see all the games played at Ash­bury Park, with teams to be 8-a-side and it played with an in­cred­iball mean­ing no pads, hel­mets, gloves or any pro­tec­tive gear would be re­quired.

South Can­ter­bury Cricket de­vel­op­ment man­ager Shane Gilk­i­son said they want as many fe­males as pos­si­ble to play.

‘‘It’s open to any­one from about year 5-6 at pri­mary school all the way through to adults.’’

Gilk­i­son said they were hop­ing to get some in­ter­est back into women’s cricket.

‘‘We thought this might be a good way to start as none of them need gear. We just want them to come and have a bash around and a bit of fun, that’s re­ally what it is all about.’’

If the idea takes off and the in­ter­est in cricket re­turns then they may try for a cou­ple of lo­cal teams to play on Satur­days but first this was the fo­cus.

‘‘We need to get this right. Women’s cricket used to be strong in South Can­ter­bury and now it’s not.’’

There were a num­ber of for­mer play­ers, who were still in the area and he hoped this shorter more user-friendly ver­sion might get them and some new peo­ple back on the pitch.

‘‘Geral­dine High School will hope­fully nearly have two teams, which is great and Ti­maru Girls’ are hop­ing for two teams.’’

Ti­maru Girls’ High School crick­eter Ash Mor­timer said she’d loved to see a num­ber of peo­ple give the Mon­day night Smash com­pe­ti­tion a good go.

‘‘It’ll be loads of fun. It’s a lot shorter than nor­mal cricket and ev­ery­one will get a go at do­ing ev­ery­thing.’’

Mor­timer, 16, will miss a large chunk of the first six weeks due to a bro­ken leg, but will be there to help out.

‘‘I just en­joyed smash­ing the ball from a young age and it’s gone from there.’’

Team-mate Iso­bel McKnight, 14, who was in­tro­duced to cricket through Mor­timer, said she was look­ing for­ward to the new com­pe­ti­tion.

‘‘It’s go­ing to be fun as we can’t play any cricket at the mo­ment so it’ll be cool hav­ing a fun com­pe­ti­tion like that.’’

Any­one want­ing to en­ter a team can con­tact Penni Naylor on 0272150535 or South Can­ter­bury Cricket on 686 3377.

PHOTO: MYTCHALL BRANSGROVE/STUFF

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PHOTO: MYTCHALL BRANSGROVE/STUFF

Iso­bel McKnight, left, and Ash Mor­timer are ex­cited for the new women’s quick smash cricket com­pe­ti­tion start­ing on Mon­day nights.

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