Cricket has previously been seen as a very traditional, old-fashioned game for men to play on a village green. However, particularly over the past two years, we’ve seen that dynamic change, and more women and girls are taking up the sport than ever before. In this post, we take a look at what’s inspired this and reveal how you can get your daughter into cricket.
Women’s Sports on The Rise
Women’s sport is certainly on the rise. From the drama of the women’s EUROs currently unfolding in the Netherlands to the fantastic spectacle of the women’s cricket world cup that’s just finished in England, there’s no greater time to promote women’s sport. The ECB hope that the women’s world cup will inspire the next generation of women’s cricketers. If your little girl wants to be the next Sarah Taylor or Katherine Brunt, then now’s the time to inspire them. Let’s look at why and how.
Women’s World Cup
As mentioned, the women’s world cup captivated the nation, with the dramatic final at Lord’s witnessed by a sell out 26,500 crowd, something that was thought to be impossible before the tournament started. The final was also one of the best that the ground has ever witnessed (including the men’s games), with a fantastic spell of bowling from Anya Shrubsole helping England win by a mere 9 runs from a situation that seemed hopeless. Nat Sciver and Sarah Taylor also took some plaudits for their efforts with their cricket bats in the first innings.
Kia Super League
Now, the ECB and the cricketing world are looking to capitalise on this momentum when the women’s T20 competition, the Kia Super League kicks off later this month. All of England’s world cup winning heroes will be playing, and it will also be the first time that games will be televised on Sky, so young girls and boys can watch their heroes. Women’s cricket was never traditionally seen as being as attractive as the men’s game as the women didn’t have the power of their male counterparts. However, with slightly reduced boundaries and high-quality cricket bats, the women’s game now sees as much big hitting as the men’s!
Getting your girl involved in cricket is easy, and the only equipment she’ll need is a cricket bat, which you can get online from sites such as Talent Cricket. Most local clubs now have a girls’ team or allow the girls to play with boys, so you should have no problem finding a local club that suits your needs on the ECB’s website. All you’ll need to do is rock up with your cricket bat and she’ll be ready to play. So, make sure your little girl is inspired by the world cup and the Kia super league and get her down to her local team.