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Cambridge Granta to launch women's cricket team


By Mark Taylormark.taylor@iliffemedia.co.uk


Cricket ball and bails on oval
Cricket ball and bails on oval

Club aim to reach into all parts of the community

Cambridge Granta will realise a vision of providing women’s cricket in the city this summer.

On the eve of the new East Anglian Premier League season, captain Johnny Atkinson has announced plans for the club to increase their reach to provide opportunities to all.

Having linked up with First Choice Coaching for the junior set-up at the club, it was decided that it was time to give women the chance to play the sport.

“We’ve always had a vision of having a women’s team,” said Granta skipper Atkinson.

“We wanted to become a bigger community club. Linking with FCC has placed a lot of emphasis on our juniors and we wanted to involve women as well.

“It’s something we’ve talked about but haven’t necessarily moved forwards with.”

It was an email from a player at Cambridge City Hockey Club enquiring about the opportunities to take up cricket that acted as the catalyst.

Up to 10 were interested in learning the sport, but as they were all newcomers, Granta have made an appointment to oversee the development.

“Lots of them are beginners so we’ve got Simon Bussey over and he has a really good CV with women’s cricket in Australia, working with the state women’s team Queensland,” said Atkinson.

“He is really excited to be starting up this cricket team.

“We’re initially starting off with softball cricket for women and getting it that way to get their skills and enjoying cricket.

“We’re going to host some softball tournaments at Clare College and just try to get participation and enjoyment up for women’s cricket, then gradually build in some hardball stuff and some competitive fixtures against other local women’s teams.

“I know it’s not big in the area and with the strength of our club, in particular our first team, it would seem a really good opportunity to build a really strong women’s team in East Anglia.”

With junior training moved to a Friday evening at the club, with first-team players coaching alongside FCC, the women’s coaching will also be then to create a weekly club day.

And Atkinson added: “It will have a sense of community among the club that we haven’t had in previous years, so it’s a really exciting period for the club.”



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