The One Hundred and More Women’s Cricket on TV led to the first ever women’s cricket team in Nuneaton and Bedworth.
Bedworth Cricket Club proudly hosts a ladies and girls cricket section; the first of its kind in the community.
It came from the club conducting trial sessions at Miners Welfare Park during the latter part of the summer of 2021.
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Word of mouth, The Hundred and women’s cricket increasingly televised have inspired the section.
So was the fact that coaches noticed that within the All Stars section of the club and team there were among the 9 girls eager to play the game.
The ball started rolling and several junior moms joined in and soon the movement started.
“They’re starting to form a real community of over 15 players – the youngest are teenagers and the oldest are over 60,” said coach Ben Hughes.
“A real diversity to be proud of. The great thing is that they all started from scratch, are eager to learn and it clicks together nicely.”
Even though it’s winter, the cricket hasn’t stopped as the women have trained at the fantastic recently renovated Nicholas Chamberlaine School Sports Centre.
The team even had their first-ever softball game against the Fillongley Women’s team and plans to host a softball tournament in July for the first time in the club’s long history.
After seeing such success among the women’s group, tribute has been paid to those who have championed it.
Tom Jenkins, junior division head coach, John Bulpitt and Antony Spelman have all played key roles.
Sophie Buckton, one of the top female players locally who plays for Berkswell’s women’s team, is also part of our coaching team.
Bob Copland, the former mayor of the borough, also volunteers as a coach, as does Ben Hughes, one of the club’s principal junior coaches and has planned and led many of the training sessions to date.
Katie Philips, who has been appointed as the women’s representative to the club committee, said: “I am truly humbled to be part of the history of women’s cricket at Bedworth and I hope with the continued support of our volunteers and coaches this can continue to to get bigger and better in the future.
My son Charlie, who also plays cricket at Bedworth, said he is ‘very proud of his mother for playing cricket’. He also said I was ‘a really good player, for a girl’, which made us laugh made!”
How to get involved?
The focus on the team is now welcoming new players, with the doors always open.
They also hope to get sponsorship for the team so they can build on getting more gear and bolster the club’s funds.
Those who can help can contact Ben Hughes on 07593 094 231.
Those wishing to join the team should search for Bedworth Cricket Club on Facebook and Bedworth Cricket on Twitter, or contact Ben Hughes.
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