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WITH the ICC women’s world cup set to be one of the most exciting sporting competitions this summer there will be a huge buzz around women’s cricket, and Bucks isn’t about to miss out.
For the first time, the Bucks Cricket Board has employed two women’s cricket makers to encourage more women to join in softball cricket festivals around the county.
Anna and Helen have recently taken up a role with the Bucks Cricket Board under the title of Women’s Cricket Maker.
Anna first started playing cricket when she was five, catching the bug from a makeshift indoor game on a rainy day at primary school.
She joined her local women’s team – Chesham CC – and worked her way up through the Buckinghamshire County Age Group system to gain a spot on the England Women’s Development Programme U15 Squad and the opportunity to play an international match for England U19s.
She has won seven national titles, and now plays with Berkshire Women and Radlett CC.
Helen’s story was slightly different.
She got into the game via a workplace team playing mixed matches against other corporate sides. From there she joined Chesham CC and established herself as the wicket-keeper and a useful top-order batter.
Helen took a short time out to have twin boys, and has returned to the sport, balancing being wicket keeper, batter, mother and wife.
While they have had rather different paths into cricket, Anna and Helen both get similar benefits from the game: new friends and teammates, a fun form of exercise and an opportunity to be part of a rapidly-expanding sport played on an international scale.
The ICC Women’s World Championships are in the UK this year with the final at Lord’s with eight top-performing women’s teams.
The England Cricket Board has launched a softball festival promoting a fun, friendly, social environment where beginners and returners are enjoying and learning about the game. These will be held in July and August around Bucks and all will be free of charge.
If you are 16+ and interested in entering a team, group or as an individual to the festival, sign up through Women’s Softball Cricket Festivals, following directions on the ECB website.
Groups/teams who register together will receive a free kit bag of softball cricket equipment.
For more information, email Anna and Helen via firstname.lastname@example.org .