Womens` Cricket Development Forum

The Yorkshire Womens Cricket Forum consists of three Delegates from YCB, the YCDO for Womens Cricket and YWCA representatives. It meets twice a year to monitor links between Womens` Cricket and the Board.



Stuart Hodgson


Howard Clayton


Andrew Watson


Ian Chappell


Philip Akroyd


Sarah Pickford


Bev Nicholson

Secretary, YWCA

Rebecca Vernon


Barbara Hare

Visit the YWCA page and the Fixtures page

The following document, prepared by Andrew Watson, the YCDO with special responsibility for Womens`Cricket, shows the vast amount of activity organised by the YCB for Women and Girls who either wish to take up the game or who already play it to Interantional standard.


YCB Women’s Development Group (WDG)

This group involves the YWCA and the YCDO’s. The group meets regularly and is responsible for all development issues and initiatives. The group meets regularly and discusses coach education, cluster-clubs, junior girls’ sections, development days and indoor and outdoor competitions.

YCB Women’s Development Group Members:

A Watson (YCDO-Chair), R Vernon (Secretary), S Pickford, B Nicholson, (YWCA) A Shaw (SYW+GCA), Glenys Peel (WYW+GCA); YCDO’s I Dews, I Powell, T Bowry, attend in rotation.

Coach Education

A “Women’s Only” Level 1 course was staged during February 2003, through North Yorkshire Active Sport. 15 women and girls, predominately the County U17/U19’s, attended with many recommended to train for Level 2. Existing Level 1 coaches who wish to undertake Level 2 have been encouraged to attend local level 2 courses for the time being.

ECB/YCB Girls’ Indoor Competition for Schools (U15 and U19)

Entries for these competitions have increased dramatically. St. Aidan’s CE School, Harrogate won the ECB U15 Indoor Intercricket County Competition, and was runners up in the Regional Final. To sustain the development of the school’s, the YCB once again organized an U19 age group competition. Girls from both age group competitions were invited, through their schools, to attend their local YCB Development Centre and YWCA Trials.

ECB Under 15 Intercricket


YCB Under 19 Intercricket

St Aidan’s School, Harrogate
St Mary’s College, Hull
Tong/Ymartyrs Sports College, Bradford
South Craven School
Brigshaw High School, Castleford
Darton High School, Barnsley
Fyling Hall School, Robin Hoods Bay
Dixon’s CTC, Bradford
St Augustine’s School, Scarborough
Freeborough Community College, Cleveland

St. Aidan’s School (2 teams)
Easingwold School
St Mary’s College, Hull
Brooksbank School, Elland
South Craven School

YCB Women’s Pathways 2002-2003 (Centre of Excellence and Development Centres)

The Pathways Scheme for women:

  • Level 1 (Full Centre of Excellence)    23 attended
  • Level 2 (Regional ATC: Heckmondewicke) 15 attended
  • Level 3 (Development Centre: Bradford) 23 attended
  • Level 3 (Development Centre: Sheffield)  23 attended

Development Days – Completed

  • Mytholmroyd    7/14/21/28 Feb 2003
  • Northbridge    9/16/23/30 March 2003
  • Todmorden    29 March/5/12 April 2003
  • Manningham S.C     October ½ Term 2002

Festivals for Girls – Completed

  • ECB Intercricket U15’s (schls)  Yorkshire Cricket Centre 3rd Dec 2002 (10schs)
  • YCB Indoor Cricket U19’s (schls) Yorkshire Cricket Centre 10thDec2002 (5 schs)
  • ECB/Vodafone Kwik Cricket  York CC  14th July 03 (12 schs)
  • Barnsley Schools Intercricket (U13) Willowgarth High School 15th May 03  (5 schs)
  • Barnsley Schools Intercricket (U15) Holgate School 22nd May 03  (2 schs)
  • Rotherham Town CC/Clifton Schls  Rotherham Town  20th May 03  (6 schs)
  • Bradford   Tong/YMartyrs Sports C 15th March 03 (6 schs)
  • Rotherham    Upper Haugh CC  11th July 03   (7schs)
  • Scarborough Sch Intercricket U15 Scarboro 6th Form College 4th March 03 (6 schs)
  • Ryedale Schools Intercricket U15 Lady Lumley School 11th March 03 (3 schs)
  • Redcar & Cleveland Schools Intercricket Guisborough  13th Feb 03 (5 schs)
  • Sheffield    Hallam CC 22nd June 03 (4 clubs)
  • Rotherham    Upper Haugh CC  27th Aug 03 (4clubs)
  • Rotherham    Upper Haugh CC  11th July 03 (5 schs)

School Visits


Girls Only



  • Rawmarsh Ashwood Road Primary (R)
  • Rawmarsh Thorogate Primary (R)
  • Rawmarsh Monkwood Primary (R)
  • Rawmarsh Sandhill Primary (R)
  • Rawmarsh St Joseph’s Primary (R)
  • Rawmarsh Rosehill Primary (R)
  • Rawmarsh St Mary’s Primary (R)
  • Handsworth Grange School (S)
  • Swinton Comprehensive (R)
  • Mexborough School (R)
  • Wombwell High School (B)
  • St. Bernard’s R/C School (R)
  • Rawmarsh Sports College (R)
  • Rossington Hall School (D)
  • Athelstane School (D)
  • Oakwood School (R)
  • Royston High School (B)
  • Edward Sheerian (B)
  • Priory School and Sports College (B)


Girls Only


     Tong Sports College
       Yorkshire Martyrs Sports College
       Bradford Cathedral College
       Grange School, Bradford
       Hipperholme & Lightcliffe
       Hanson Secondary (Bradford)
       Salts Grammar
       Parkside Community College



Girls Only


             St Augustine’s
             Scarborough College
             Pindar School, Scarborough
           Graham School, Scarborough
             Filey School
             Eskdale, Whitby
             Norton College
             Ryedale School
             Gladstone Road Primary
             Achbishop of York Primary


East & Cleveland

Girls Only


       Bydales School, Marske
           McMillan College, Middlesbrough


Cluster-Clubs/Junior Girls’ Sections 2003

14 cluster clubs or clubs with junior teams ran in 2003. Some are still quite weak and will need further support.

Anston CC (junior girls)
Brodsworth CC
Pool CC
Whitby/Scarborough CC
Hallam CC
Settle CC
Sheffield Ladies CC (junior girls)  
Undercliffe CC
Upper Haugh CC
Otley CC
Knaresborough CC
Beverley CC
Bradford CC   
Denby Dale CC

Calderdale -Women in Sport

The YCB has representation on this group through Tony Bowry and the West Yorkshire W+G CA. The group is proactive and is working closely with a small cluster of clubs and schools to develop Women and Girls’ Cricket. An ECB Introductory Course lead by Andrew Watson was held on 1st June. 7 women attended and they going to work with the local cricket clubs. Various Women and Girls’ Roadshows have been held in the area.

Lady Taverner’s  U15 Competition

The YCB entered this inaugural competition. 6 teams entered the competition, which was held at Knaresborough CC, but 2 teams withdrew due to holidays. Pool, Sheffield United, Bradford and Knaresborough competed for a place in the Regional Final. Knaresborough were worthy winners.

YCB/YWCA Annual Cluster-Club and Junior Girls’ Competition

The Annual County Cluster-Club Competition was held at Scarborough CC on 29th June 2003. Denby Dale CC, Hallam CC, Pool CC, Scarborough CC (U13’s), Scarborough (U15’s), Fyling Hall School, Norton College, Ryedale School competed for the Freda Simpkin Development Shield. The joint winners were Denby Dale and Pool CC. I extend my thanks to Sarah Pickford and Alan Shaw organizing the day.

Vodafone Kwik Cricket Competition for Girls

The YCB entered this competition for the very first time and was a huge success with 12 primary schools entering the County Final at York CC on 16th July 2003. The winners were Gladstone Road Primary, Scarborough.

Future Festivals

The WDG are looking at the current levels of festivals and may replace the Cluster-Club/Junior Girls Competition in 2004 with the ECB Lady Taverner’s U13 Competition. This will allow more girls at different age groups to take part in separate competitions.

South Yorkshire W+G Cricket Association

West Yorkshire W+G Cricket Association

These two Associations are vibrant organizations, which look after the interests of all women and girls within their respective areas. I express my thanks to all the officials of both Associations who have willingly given their time. Both Associations are at different stages of their development, but both have constitutions and have sound development plans for the future.

The West Yorkshire W+G CA has entered a Girls Only U9 team in the Aire/Wharf U9 League and also have a recently qualified female disabled coach. Wheelchair user, Rita Birch passed her Level 1 course this year and has worked hard for the Association both in committee and on the coaching front.

Representatives from both the Associations attend the YCB Women’s Development Group.

East Yorkshire W+G Cricket Association

Following preliminary meetings in July, this association will be formed during October 2003.

District Cricket

This concept will be the first in the country for Girls’ Cricket and will be developed during 2003/4 with each area association playing a round of matches against each other. The age group is still to be decided. The matches will then feed into the YWCA Trials.

Active Sport

This programme will help plug the gaps in our development. The YCB will put a small amount of money into the Partnership, which is between the Local Authorities and the YCB. We have 3 partnerships on stream at present.

North Yorkshire

North Yorkshire has already seen some significant benefit for Women’s Cricket through this partnership, in particular Coach Education and Active Sport Stage 1 Courses held at Settle and Scarborough. Two successful Intercricket Festivals were held and linked with further “after school” sessions. With the development of a junior girls team in the Scarborough area and a sustained girls team at Settle we have seen the benefits of Active Sport.

Teeside Sport

A Girl’s Only Stage 1 Course was run at Bydales School, Marske for 8 weeks (16 hours) and will now link with a local cricket club for the 2004 season.

Club Mark

The YCB Club Mark Pilot Scheme and the ECB CCDF involves 7 clubs with W+G sections.


The junior girls trials were highly successful with girls feeding in from the Development Centres, Active Sport and the Indoor Schools’ Competitions. All County Age Group teams now have a Level 2 Women’s Coach with them, which is the first in the country.

U19 County Champions

U17 Runners Up in County Championship

U15 Runner’s Up @ Ampleforth Festival

U13 Group Runners Up in National Competition


My thanks are expressed to the many people working in Women’s Cricket, especially members of the

            • WDG, YWCA, DMG, YCB, YCA, W+G CA’s, Active Sport schemes and all the Sports Colleges for
            • their assistance. Thanks are also expressed to all the cricket clubs and to the Yorkshire Cricket Centre
            • who have staged various festivals throughout year.
  • Andrew Watson
    YCDO Sept 2003
  • The following flow-chart shows the structure of the Womens` game within the YCB