Charlbury’s Women’s section has been running for approximately 14 years initially playing friendlies against local teams. This moved on to playing League cricket in the highly competitive Women’s Midlands League. We have 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 ladies to play in a more relaxed environment. During the winter we enter the Oxfordshire Cricket 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 enter the National T20 Knockout Cup, which gives us a great opportunity to play different teams than we would normally. In 2019 we entered the inaugural Kia Summer Smash competition, where we reached the regional final.
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 will start in January on Sunday evenings. Full details on how to sign up can be found on the website.
During the summer we run training sessions on Wednesday evenings at 6.30pm for any players wishing to play in our women’s teams. The women are also able to join the men’s training on Thursday evenings at 6.30pm.
Charlbury is incredibly supportive of its women and girls’ section. For a number of years now our women and the more talented girls have played regular cricket for the Saturday league teams. Our Women’s team Captain captained our third team for many years, and is still heavily involved, which is a great link to introduce Charlbury’s Youth players both girls and boys to League Cricket.
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!
In the 2018 season we entered a full team of girls in the Youth U13 Gauntlet Goblet. 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 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. We will be entering again in 2020 in the U15 section.
We are available for any friendly games that can be arranged.
Girls’ training for Under 13 upwards, so those girls at secondary school, is with the women’s section both in the Winter and Summer, please see above for days and times.
The younger girls train at youth training on a Friday evening from 6.30pm to 8pm. The players are divided into ability groups each group lead by a qualified coach.
We feel that the Under 13 girls have benefited from training with the women as it has integrated them with 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 don’t, they will not carry on playing. Having said that we continually strive to improve the training we give 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 have several qualified coaches amongst our Women’s section and also tap into the wealth of coaching within the club.
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Fiona Currie – Women’s Manager: email@example.com
Vicky Strode – Women’s Captain: firstname.lastname@example.org
Alex Westbury – Girl’s Manager: email@example.com