Mac­cabi suc­cumbto girl power

The Jewish Chronicle - - SPORT - BYDANNYCARO

CRICKET THE face of Jewish cricket could change af­ter the Mac­cabi na­tional cricket com­mit­tee sanc­tioned Bel­mont & Edg­ware wo­man mem­ber Sarah Evans to play in the men’s Sun­day League.

Evans, a 20-year-old med­i­cal stu­dent and vice-cap­tain of Sus­sex Univer­sity’s cricket team, was pre­vented from rep­re­sent­ing the club in com­pet­i­tive fix­tures last sea­son due to her sex and its im­pact on the league’s in­sur­ance.

But BECC raised the case at the re­cent AGM and the mo­tion to al­low fe­males to play was passed.

“We came to the con­clu­sion that it would not be a prob­lem,” said Mac­cabi cricket chair­man Richard Mitchell.

“It must be some­one who can play, and on the ba­sis that there are am­ple chang­ing fa­cil­i­ties. The rest of the team must also be happy to ac­com­mo­date fe­male play­ers. There was never re­ally an is­sue with it but we have up­dated our in­sur­ance pol­icy. There were no clubs that did not sup­port it.

“I do not ex­pect a mas­sive in­flux of fe­male play­ers. If there is we could look into hav­ing a Jewish ladies team and would prob­a­bly sup­port them by help­ing to or­gan­ise some fix­tures.”

Evans said: “I am very pleased with the de­ci­sion. This is a pos­i­tive move to­wards pro­mot­ing the women’s game, and in par­tic­u­lar, try­ing to at­tract Jewish fe­males to play cricket in a so­cial at­mos­phere.

“I would like there to be a Jewish women’s league, and by invit­ing women to play cricket, this is an en­cour­ag­ing step to­wards this goal.

“Hav­ing just started train­ing for the new sea­son, I feel that I can add some­thing to the team and look for­ward to play­ing with Bel­mont and Edg­ware Cricket next sea­son.”

BECC chair­man Neil Myeroff said: “We are de­lighted with the de­ci­sion which opens the door for oth­ers to come in and play. I would like to thank the Jewish Chron­i­cle whose cov­er­age has helped high­light the is­sue and open the game to the com­mu­nity.”

Her­schel Gutman, who played in Is­rael’s re­cent ICC Euro­pean Cham­pi­onship play­off, re­tained Bel­mont & Edg­ware 1st XI player of the sea­son award af­ter top­ping the bat­ting and bowl­ing av­er­ages. He ac­cu­mu­lated 462 runs at an av­er­age of 57.75 and took 13 wick­ets at an av­er­age of 9.08 with a best of 5-21. Lawrence Jef­fries (2nd XI), El­lis Tuhrim (3rd XI) and El­liott Mayer (young player) won other awards.

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