Iris and friends visit ICC Women’s World Cup 2017 !!

At the moment the ICC Women’s World Cup is being held in England, there are eight teams from across the world competing to be the best in the world at one day 50 over cricket. The matches are being held around the country including Grace Road in Leicester.

I was invited, along with some of my Northants County teammates, to be an anthem mascot on July 8th for the match between India and South Africa. Both teams are doing well in the competition so it promised to be a really good match.

We had to arrive at Grace road at 8.30 for a briefing and to practice what we needed to do. Some of the girls there were walking out with the players and others were to walk on with the flags. Most of the briefing was for the flag holders – there are lots of rules regarding the handling of the flag, which I never realized before Saturday morning.

After being given our ICC shirts to wear, and any logos covered up we made our way outside. We were all very excited at this point as it’s the first time we saw the crowd and the players. The Indian team had lots of colourful and noisy support, which created a good atmosphere.

The time finally arrived for the anthems, the flag bearers positioned themselves with the flags and then we made a tunnel for the players to walk through. As they walked we paired off with a player and formed the lines for the anthems. I walked out with the South African bowler – Ayabonga Khaka. She was really chatty whilst we waited for the anthems to start.

Once the official part was over the play began. India had won the toss and decided to field. South Africa had a good innings and made 273-9 off their 50 overs with Lizelle Lee top scorer with 92.

At the lunch break we played a game of kwik cricket on the outfield while the players had their lunch. It was all good fun and was an opportunity to play at a county ground.

When India came out to bat the noise level and drumming increased from the supporters. Unfortunately India couldn’t quite find the form from their previous matches and never looked like they would get close to the South African total. The lost the match by 115 runs.

The whole day was a great experience; I really enjoyed seeing the women play. The standard of cricket played was excellent from both sides, there were some huge sixes hit into the stands and also stunning fielding displays from both sides.

I had a brilliant day being part of one of the biggest cricket tournaments in the World. It was a day I won’t forget for a long time.

Iris Kirk

Northamptonshire Girls U13