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Posted by Sue Haley on 1 Aug 2000
Any girls/women in the Yorkshire area wanting to play cricket come and join us at Bradford Ladies CC. Have a look at our website at

Posted by skinbop on 26 Jul 2000
Congrats on winning ! Why are there no ladies from the North playing when everyone knows thats where the best cricketers are ...

Posted by Helen Pugh on 26 Jul 2000
In response to the message from Jemma posted on 14 July 2000 regarding cricket in Nottingham. I am the Women's Club Cricket Development Officer for the East Midlands and have details of clubs within the county. I can be contacted by e-mail on I can also help out if there are any other queries about women's cricket in Leicestershire, Northamptonshire and Derbyshire.

Posted by Chloe Russell on 19 Jul 2000
I am a 12 year old girl. I play for an under-13 cricket team at Egham Cricket Club. It is a mixed team. Most of the teams that we are playing are all boys. I know that I will not be able to play for the Egham U-15 team (boys only). Does anyone know of a girls team playing in/near Egham or how I would eventually get to county/England level? Chloe

Posted by jemma on 14 Jul 2000
i am studying at Nottingham Trent Uni and would like to play cricket - I played at school. I am not sure if the Uni have a womens team but do you know of any other club sides in Nottingham?

Posted by berenice grosvenor on 6 Jul 2000
does any body have details of fixtures dates grounds of womens cricket matches in the north of lancs or yorkshire during july and august 2000

Posted by Reddy on 4 Jul 2000
Finally, some life from England, both in men's and women's cricket. How long it would last, I really do not know. Seems like there are not too many English women supporters here on the board!!

Posted by Carli on 2 Jul 2000
Congratulations to England for winning the series against South Africa. I think it is a series out of which the SA team and management can take a lot as they build up towards the World Cup. I think SA lacked some consistency, especially with the bat. They showed however that they can produce the goods, it is just a matter of everything falling into place at the right time. I was impressed by Yolande van der Merwe ( opening bowler) - not only because she plays for Northerns! She performed well and showed that she has the ability to bowl well to some top class batsman. Good luck to the SA team as they move towards the World Cup. Keep that flag flying high ladies!

Posted by anna on 30 Jun 2000
okay okay that's great for england to have won THAT particular series, but come on mates, youll never get the aussies.

Posted by Clare Gough on 29 Jun 2000
Is there anybody here from Australia as I play for the England U19s and U17s and am hoping to take a year out before uni to come to Oz or NZ to play cricket in our winter of 2001-2002. Has anyone got any contacts or can anyone help me? I'd be much obliged! Clare Gough. email:

Posted by Sandra on 20 Jun 2000
It's nice to see that the articles on CricInfo are not as biased towards England as are the commentators on SKY. Although SA's running between the wickets left much to be desired, I felt that their first ODI performance was well contested. I think that the SKY commentators need to remember the fact that women have only played 6 years of cricket in South Africa and have had minimal international competition, unlike the majority of the world's women cricketers. The commentary focused primarily on England, with all commentators, interviewers & interviewees having their say about the English game and development thereof. Why not give a little insight into South Africa's situation. Unlike England, who have the full support of Vodafone, a dedicated coach for each aspect of the game and years of cricketing experience, the SA team lacks the funds and international awareness to be expected to come out and immediately take control of the game. Come on SKY, give us a little support and encouragement, the girls forked over a lot of money to be able to travel to England and play for their country. Congratulations to England, who fought hard and well, but don't give up on the South African's - guts and determination go a long way & they'll come out on Thursday with less nerves and more experience to draw from. To Kim and her team - We're with you 100% and you have all made us very proud!!!

Posted by Carli on 20 Jun 2000
Well done to England for winning the first One day game against South Africa. Of course as South African I am disappointed, but not entirely surprised. I spend a month in England recently and from what I heard the English ladies worked very hard. Well done to them - coming back from a bad winter. South Africa obviously need the middle order to chip in and do their bit. Good luck to the SA team - this is surely the first match in what promises to be a very close and exciting series!!

Posted by Edward Fuller on 20 Jun 2000
Because women's cricket has been dominated by slow/spin bowlers for many years I was excited to see the emergence of a potentially great fast bowler on Englands past tour of New Zealand. Now i'm a 22 year old New Zealand fan so most of my attention was focused on the New Zealand team. But when Nicki Shaw delivered her first delivery I thought, "Hello! here's a star for the future". Her delivery style reminds me very much of Geoff Allott, the NZ fast bowler who was equal top wicket taker with Shane Warne at the last World Cup. Like Allott, Nicki Shaw can be a bit erratic with her line and length, but this is to be expected so early on in her career (she is yet to play an international at home). I thought she was the only English bowler to really hurry-up the New Zealanders, and was very impressed with her bold batting style (reminded me of a young Craig McMillan). I hope the England selectors can see that if they want to WIN the World Cup later on this year in Christchurch (my home), then they will need Nicki Shaw as a vital bowler on the christchurch wickets. I feel teams who focus on slow bowlers at the World Cup will be at a disadvantage as the Christchurch wickets to be used will be very hard and fast and good for batting. Christchurch wickets such as the one at Lancaster Park have been the fastest in the country for years and the wicket at Lincoln (the base ground for the World Cup) will be no different. Bowlers like Nicki Shaw (and there aren't many of them) will be vital at the World Cup as teams will be unable to frustrate batters out with slow bowlers as they have done in the past. I will be following England and New Zealand and will be cheering on Nicki Shaw in every game!! Go Nicki!!!

Posted by piradeshwar on 20 Jun 2000
sure don anything can happen in one dayers. - Just a point about the 1999 England - India series. Sure it was close but India are entitled to feel they are a better side since they were the away team on that occasion

Posted by Linky de Jongh on 19 Jun 2000
Although it is still several months away I would like to wish the South African Ladies team everything of the best at the world cup later this year.

Posted by Don Miles on 18 Jun 2000
Well done England 'A'! For a country's "second XI" to hold a national side to a tie (both sides making 169 for 8 in the second warm up match at Shenley on Friday) is a great achievement ... The South African players all chipped in with runs, but star innings from England's Kate Lowe (can it be long before she wears a full England shirt on to the pitch?) and Katherine Wilkins (both 40+) set the Proteas a total they could only equal. Sarah Collyer and Beth Morgan, who bowled at the death, kept their heads well and even the experienced Denise Reid could not get South Africa home. I think that while England are probably only ranked 4th in the world at the moment, those suggesting they will do badly against the Proteas may be surprised. Don't write the visitors off though! They showed at Taunton in 1997 that they can fight and the series will not be easy. England may have lost to India last year in the one-days, but two matches of the three could have gone either way (and ideed they went one to each side which was probably fair in the end). England had one nightmare when they should at least have made a close game of it. In a knock-out situation therefore anything is possible. It's also worth remembering for later in the year (the CricInfo World Cup!) that England were not ranked 1st in the world in 1993, (not even 2nd!) but they won the World Cup anyway, the favourites, Australia, not even making the final. That's not likely to happen again but while One-Day KO competitions may go to form most of the time, they don't always! Don

Posted by Sandra on 15 Jun 2000
WELL DONE to the South African Team for beating England A by 3 wickets yesterday. I'm not in possession of the final scorecard, but do know that Helen Davies scored 47 and herself and Alison Hodgekinson put on a 50 run partnership. Apparently, the game was quite close. If anybody has a detailed score card, please post more info on the game. Good luck to the SA girls for the second Practice game tomorrow.

Posted by Di on 15 Jun 2000
I must say I am rather bemused by people who are claiming that England are number three (if not 2) in the world. England have not won a series in the last two years. They have been beaten soundly by India (see the past series results - india in england. One very close game, one thrashing by india, and one moderately close one, which Eng won) and absolutely flogged by Australia and New Zealand whilst on tour. I am actually expecting them to lose at least one, if not two, matches to South Africa. I think Englands problem at the moment is that they are used to being one of the strongest teams in the world. That used to be the case, but it is not really any longer. They have slipped behind Aus, NZ and India by quite a way, and it is time they took stock and started realising the quality of their opposition, and really WORKING at their game. Until they do that, they will keep on slipping, and, given the enthusiasm that RSA have, I am sure they will find themselves out of the top 4. Di PS Yes, the RSA tour of England will be covered as much as possible. Hopefully we will have a couple of the games covered live as well.

Posted by Cat on 15 Jun 2000
As a player and great supporter of Women's cricket, I would like to give my support to the England womens team for showing the men how to play and be successful in a world dominated by men at the moment. In these recent times Im sure we can all agree that women are now flying the flag for English cricket!!!

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