Women & Girls Section

WOMENS SECTION

Charlbury’s Women’s section has been running for approximately 15 years, initially playing friendlies against local teams. This moved on to playing League cricket in the highly competitive Women’s Midlands League. We have also, in the past, played in the Oxfordshire Women’s Midweek league which was set up to bridge the gap between Girls Youth Cricket and Women’s league cricket. This was very successful and unexpectedly gave the opportunity for some less experienced players to play in a more relaxed environment. During the winter we enter the Oxfordshire Cricket Women’s Indoor Competition, which is a fast and furious tournament with players of varying experience and ability. We enter a Super 8s team in the league, which runs at the beginning of the season and acts like a good warm up for the main league fixtures, this also give some of our less experienced players the opportunity to play in a ‘slightly’ less competitive environment. We have entered the National T20 Knockout Cup, which gives us a great opportunity to play different teams than we would normally, and hope this will run again next season. In 2019 we entered the inaugural Kia Summer Smash competition, where we reached the regional final, again we hope that this event will run again in the future.

By entering different competitions, we hope to cater for every ability from beginners to County players from able U13 girls and upwards. We also look to play some Sunday friendlies against local or touring teams.

Winter indoor nets take place in Charlbury Community Centre and full details will be added at the relevant time.

During a normal Summer we would be running training sessions on Tuesday or Wednesday evenings for any players wishing to play in our women’s or girl’s teams. The women would also be able to join the men’s training on Thursday evening. but this has also been temporarily put on hold.

 

*Full training details will be added at the relevant time*

 

Charlbury is incredibly supportive of its women and girls’ section. For several years now, our women and the more talented girls have played Senior cricket for the Saturday league teams. Our past Women’s team Captain, was also captain of our third team for many years, and is still heavily involved with Club cricket. This provided a great link to introduce Charlbury’s Youth players both girls and boys to League Cricket. Last season, seven of our women and girls played in our third team on the same day! This is a real inspiration and something for the younger players to aspire too.

 

Fixtures, results and scorecards can also be found on our Play Cricket site https://charlbury.play-cricket.com/

 

 

 

GIRLS SECTION

Charlbury’s Girl’s section has been running longer than the women’s. We enter as many competitions as we can. Many of our girls play in the youth teams and most definitely hold their own – some have played in Senior Saturday league fixtures which is a great achievement.

In the 2018 season we entered a full team of girls in the Oxon Youth U13 Gauntlet Goblet competition. This was great fun, and we had wins against local rivals who will remain nameless! In 2019 we were able to enter an all-girls team in the Oxon U13 League & Cup competitions, doing very well reaching the quarter final in both competitions.

We have entered the Lady Taverners T20 competition in the past few years at either the U13 or U15 age group. This is a great way for the girls to experience cricket outside of Oxfordshire, although we tend to have to travel a fair distance for games. Despite entering in the 2020 season, with an U15 team, the national competition was cancelled due to COVID-19, we hope that we will get the opportunity to enter again in the future.

We are available for any friendly games that can be arranged.

Girls’ training for Under 13 upwards, so those at secondary school, is with the women’s section both in the Winter and Summer. Details will be advertised at the relevant time.

The younger girls would normally train with the remainder of the youth section. The players are divided into ability groups, each group lead by a qualified coach. Further details will be advertised at the relevant time.

We feel that the Under 13 girls have benefited from training with the women as it has integrated them into the women’s team. It also means we will have access to the nets when needed.

As mentioned above the older and more able girls have the opportunity to play in the women’s teams. The girls are monitored during training by the coaches who themselves play for the women. When we think they are ready, they will be invited to play in games suited to their ability, with a view to them going on to play in league games.

Our primary aim with our training and games is for the girls to enjoy their cricket, if they do not, they will not carry on playing. Having said that, we continually strive to improve the training we offer the girls, so that they can reach their full potential. We are very proud of the fact that we have numerous girls who are playing development and County Age Group Cricket.

We are fortunate to have several qualified coaches within our Women’s section and can also tap into the wealth of coaching within the club.

 

Fixtures, results and scorecards can also be found on our Play Cricket site https://charlbury.play-cricket.com/

 

You can follow us on social media:

Twitter @Charlbury_women

Instagram @charlburycc_women

If you are interested in joining us, please contact:

Vicky Strode – Head of Women’s Cricket: victoriastrode@hotmail.com

Abi Flory – Women’s Captain:

Alex Westbury – Girl’s Manager: alexandrawestbury@yahoo.co.uk