Golden Hill Girls win Kwik Cricket challenge event

June 27 2017

Golden Hill Girls U11 cricket team (part of Bristol YMCA Cricket Club) entered the Lady Taverners Kwik Cricket Tournament at Cam Cricket Club for the first time in June. With membership reaching nearly 50, Golden Hill took 18 players along to the tournament and fielded two 8 a-side teams - one team playing in the official Lady Taverners Tournament where the winners play at the home of cricket “Lords” if Gloucestershire County Cricket (Mens) reach the Royal London cup final; and the other team in a friendly festival.

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Golden Hill Girls U11 cricket team (part of Bristol YMCA Cricket Club) entered the Lady Taverners Kwik Cricket Tournament at Cam Cricket Club for the first time in June. With membership reaching nearly 50, Golden Hill took 18 players along to the tournament and fielded two 8 a-side teams - one team playing in the official Lady Taverners Tournament where the winners play at the home of cricket “Lords” if Gloucestershire County Cricket (Mens) reach the Royal London cup final; and the other team in a friendly festival.

Playing against teams from Cam, Frochester, and Charlton Kings the Golden Hill Girls tournament side ended the day undefeated and the Golden Hill festival side followed suite.  Tournament organiser Nicola Dickson from Cam Cricket club conducted the awards presentation with each team nominating their star player for best achievement/sportsmanship. 

When presenting the Ladies Taverners Trophy both Frenchay and Golden Hill Girls had both won all their matches and according to the ECB rules the winner was decided on the most runs scored during the three matches. After a few tense moments there were shrieks of excitement from the Golden Hill Girls when they found out the they had won. 

Golden Hill club coaches Chris Drew and Jamie Woodworth took great delight from the successes of both teams who really put on impressive performances with accurate bowling, some amazing catches and very attacking batting performance. 

Chris Drew said: “Golden Hill very much endorses the national campaign of ‘This Girl Can’ and believes that every girl should be given a chance. The beauty of kwik cricket is that everyone is involved and we believe it is all about developing the person rather than just their ability.    

“Each week the membership at Golden Hill seems to increase and from an initial 13 just 14 months ago the membership is almost at 50 members.  It has proven so popular that the club have extended the age range from school year 3 to 6 to also include years 7, 8 and 9.  

“Last week the club received a tremendous boost with the visit from Western Storm players Georgia Hennessy and Rachel Priest. It is so important that the girls have some role models to admire and we are extremely grateful to Western Storm for their support and coaching.   At the end of the Western Storm training session the fielding and catching had much improved and this definitely showed in our games on Sunday.”

It’s an exciting time to be involved with Girls/Ladies Cricket with the Women’s World cup games being played on our doorstep at the Bristol county ground. Next month 20 Golden Hill girls along with 10 from their girls counterparts "YMCA boys" are the official Anthem Mascots at the New Zealand v Australia Women’s World Cup game.  The girls can’t wait as they should be seen on Sky Sports!

“We have a great time at girls cricket and there is a real community spirit not only within the club but also with girls cricket around the region.   Everyone enjoys friendly cricket festivals and also our games against Stoke Bishop and Frenchay. The highlight of our season however will always be the Mums v Girls end of season games!” added Chris Drew.