In what has been a fantastic summer for women’s cricket, here in Kent we have seen a huge number of new women taking part in softball cricket festivals across the County.
We’ve had over 200 women competing in 35 teams across 7 festivals in beautiful weather. The cricket has at times been competitive, sometimes relaxed, but always worth a watch and the Prosecco has certainly been flowing! Funded by the ECB, the festivals have offered an accessible form of the game open to women of all levels and abilities. Offering a social atmosphere alongside some alternative entertainment, there has been music to bob along to, a free massage to loosen shoulders, tasty summer food to enjoy, a glass of fizzy ‘POP’ on the house and even a cheeky game of bat and trap to finish the evening.
Helen Fagg, Community Cricket Officer, commented ‘The atmosphere at these festivals was just brilliant and played in completely the right spirit. It was a bit of an unknown how many women would get involved but we have been very pleased with the response and a lot of fun was had in the sun! A big thank you to the ECB for funding and for the club venues that hosted’
With the softball cricket equipment available for re-use and the venues keen, it is hopeful that we can repeat the festivals and continue the positive trend in women’s cricket participation. A big thank you to Mersham, Hayes, Tunbridge Wells, Folkestone, Farningham, Canterbury and Lordswood Cricket Clubs for hosting some fantastic events.
Credit to Ian Scammell, Oyster Bay Photography for the Photos