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)
Sheffield Ladies CC (junior girls)
Upper Haugh 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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
YCDO Sept 2003