More in­door pro­vi­sion for fe­male sides

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DURHAM County Cricket Board is set to ex­pand its women’s in­door com­pe­ti­tion of­fer for lo­cal club­based teams af­ter a suc­cess­ful de­but sea­son last win­ter.

The Women’s In­door Bash will run two leagues – a Per­for­mance league and a De­vel­op­ment one – af­ter first launch­ing last Jan­uary to cre­ate a women’s win­ter pro­gramme in Durham.

The Per­for­mance League, start­ing to­mor­row, will see six teams in­volved, while the De­vel­op­ment League isn’t set to com­mence un­til Jan­uary.

The ex­pan­sion of the in­door pro­vi­sion comes af­ter a suc­cess­ful 2018 sea­son at all lev­els of the fe­male game in Durham – from par­tic­i­pa­tion suc­cess with All Stars Cricket, in which ev­ery one in four par­tic­i­pants in the county was a girl, to a re­vamped Women’s T20 League, which saw 52 games be­ing played, and through to the suc­cess of Durham Se­nior Women se­cur­ing pro­mo­tion to Divi­sion Two in the ECB Women’s County Cham­pi­onship.

The Per­for­mance In­door Bash, aimed at cricket clubs with es­tab­lished women’s and girls’ sec­tions, will in­clude de­but In­door Bash win­ners Nor­ton Cricket Club, Women’s T20 League win­ners Philadel­phia Cricket Club, Bran­don Cricket Club, Durham City Cricket Club, Durham Univer­sity Cricket Team and Shot­ley Bridge Cricket Club.

Durham women’s and girls’ cricket de­vel­op­ment of­fi­cer Rachel Hop­kins said: “We’re very ex­cited to be run­ning two In­door Bash leagues af­ter just a year of launch­ing this com­pe­ti­tion.

“To be in a po­si­tion where we have enough in­ter­est for both De­vel­op­ment and Path­way of­fers is bril­liant. It al­lows us to cre­ate op­por­tu­ni­ties for all lo­cal clubs and teams at any level of their women’s sec­tions de­vel­op­ment.

“This will make com­pe­ti­tions more suited, chal­leng­ing and ad­e­quate for play­ers.

“Be­fore last win­ter, women and girls in the county would have had lit­tle to no prac­tice in the off­sea­son and af­ter launch­ing the In­door Bash last win­ter and see­ing the im­pact that prac­tice had on play­ers’ at­ti­tudes and per­for­mance, I am con­vinced that the com­pe­ti­tion is a key part of our path­way.”

The four-week pro­gramme starts at the Louisa Cen­tre, Stan­ley, to­mor­row.

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