Northamptonshire Girls League
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In 2015 Northamptonshire will be embarking on an exciting new initiative for Girls cricket, by launching its first ever hard-ball leagues at Under 11 and Under 14 levels. This follows the great strides made in Girls participation at local clubs, evidenced by the unprecedented level of interest shown in the County Girls Under 11 squad, set up in 2014. There was a concern from the coaches that there was a growing number of girls who were not quite ready for County Cricket, but whose development required them to play a more active part in the game than could be afforded by simply playing in their club’s boys sides. This, an overwhelming desire not to lose the interest being shown in the game by a whole new generation of girls, and the realisation that early adoption of the basics was a key indicator of future achievement prompted Northants Recreational Cricket to make a Girls League one of its major strategic priorities.
Under 11 and Under 14, were selected as age groups following consultation with clubs in the county on their demography. This consultation also led us to decide to run both divisions, for the initial year at least, as 8-a-side pairs format leagues. This has the dual benefit of making it easy for clubs putting out sides for the first time to raise a full team, while also ensuring every player gets a high level of exposure to all facets of the game. It was also strongly emphasised by the clubs that they wanted their league to be developmental in focus, and the competition rules have been drafted in such a way as to encourage this over a win at all costs mentality, which has been shown to discourage girls in the past.
The teams entering the competition in 2015 have been confirmed as
|Under 14||Under 11|
|Bedfordshire Cricket Board||Geddington CC|
|Burton Latimer Town CC||Grendon & Prims CC|
|Stony Stratford CC||North West Northants|
|Thrapston CC||Stony Stratford CC|
|Westbury CC||Westbury CC|
We are particularly pleased to that Geddington, Grendon and North West Northants (an amalgamation of Guilsborough and West Haddon, East Haddon and Brixworth Cricket Clubs) will be putting out competitive girls teams for the first time. In addition, Bedfordshire Cricket, with whom we have always had close ties at girls level, are entering a development side as a step towards full County Age Group cricket.
All the clubs entering will be keen to accept new girls, so if you know somebody, or indeed are somebody who wants to be involved, please contact the key contacts at the relevant club below.
|Bedfordshire||Tom Ablittfirstname.lastname@example.org||07803 562259|
|Burton Latimer Town CC||Lizzie Harrisonemail@example.com||07592 130502|
|Geddington CC||Niki Boltonfirstname.lastname@example.org||07446 104524|
|Grendon and Prims||Lynsey McIntoshemail@example.com||07796 266091|
|North West Northants||Jim Houghtonfirstname.lastname@example.org||07748 920176|
|Stony Stratford||Rob Arnoldemail@example.com.||07714 568660|
|Thrapston Town CC||Jo Thurbonfirstname.lastname@example.org||07900 271620|
|Westbury CC||Susi Plummeremail@example.com||07780 442564|
Results and fixtures from the Northamptonshire Girls league can be followed through the season via its Play Cricket page. Any club wanting to join the league, or wishing to obtain more information on either the Girls league, or places where Women and Girls can access cricket should contact firstname.lastname@example.org