Maccabi succumbto girl power
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.