The North Metro Cricket Association (NMCA) and Cricket Southern Bayside (CSB) will play in the first female inter-association representative cricket match in metropolitan Melbourne under lights on the 22nd of February.
The T20 will be played at WR Ruthven Reserve in Preston and will feature current Melbourne Stars Women’s captain Kristen Beams as coach of NMCA and former Australian and Victorian star, Sarah Elliot as coach of CSB. They will also star as guest speakers in a post-match Q&A.The representative match is great opportunity to celebrate the success of two developing competitions that are leading the way in terms of female participation, with a focus on beginner’s cricket.The competition allows for shorter seasons, modified rules and flexible fixturing to encourage greater participation and accommodate various lifestyles.Head of CSB, Warren Griffin explained the benefit of the new competition,“CSB has been able to provide an opportunity for adult women to play the game in a relaxed environment” he said“[it] has already resulted in a growth in teams, and now this representative opportunity, a fantastic outcome”Women’s Cricket Manager at NMCA Lenore Smith supported Griffin,“…one very good idea five years ago has grown into two competitions for adult women to play the game we love, and now into a representative opportunity for them to demonstrate these skills and this passion so they can inspire others” she said.The relatively new competitions have developed in a short period of time, with NMCA Women’s competition currently hosting 16 teams after commencing in 2016/17, while CSB has 8 teams after only one season, commencing in 2017/18.
The match will start at 6:00pm ad will be played as a T20 match. Some formalities will take place post match.
Congratulations to the following players who will represent CSB:
Nicky Ncube (Aspendale)Lauren Field (Aspendale)Trish Jeffery (Bentleigh)Caitlin Sexton (Bentleigh)Penny Callaghan (Carnegie)Heidi Skillen (Carnegie)Jess Linnell (Cluden)Paige Hinrichs (Cluden)Claire Arbuthnot (East Malvern Tooronga)Rachel Fidock (East Malvern Tooronga)Nat Pribil (Parkdale)Sascha Pribil (Parkdale)Rhiannin Bretherton (Omega)Jordon Cooper (Omega)Cindy Asselman (Richmond City)Sarah Delbosc (Richmond City)