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First women's team are in at Berkswell cricket club

Berkswell Cricket Club's plan to become a Regional Centre of Excellence has taken another step further after hosting its first women's team since the club was established in 1896.

Matt Bright / MCC Sarah Ginn has been appointed head of women's cricket for Berkswell Cricket Club.
Sarah Ginn has been appointed head of women's cricket for Berkswell Cricket Club.

Berkswell Cricket Club’s plan to become a Regional Centre of Excellence has taken another step further after hosting its first women’s team since the club was established in 1896. The club, which is based in Balsall Common and plays in the Birmingham and District League Premier Division, is embarking on a five-year plan to become a Regional Centre of Excellence.

It is aiming to provide cricketing opportunities at all levels, which includes the introduction of its first competitive women’s cricket team.

The first women’s team recently played a game against visitors Four Oaks CC in Division 3 of the Midlands Women’s League at Meeting House Lane, Balsall Common. Sarah Ginn has also been appointed head of women’s cricket as part of the move.

“The girls have been training weekly since February, with the help of the fantastic coaches at Complete Cricket,” Sarah said.

Pat Milnes, chairman of Berkswell Cricket Club, added: “The challenge we have set ourselves as a club is to create a model of sustainable success, starting with opportunities for all, advancement for the best youngsters, with access to top facilities and coaches.

“The launch of our women’s and girls’ sections for 2015 represents a big step in this direction.

“Alongside the rapid growth of our youth section, this has presented the challenge to examine long-term projects, to find land and fund facilities from which to provide fixtures and training,” he added.

“In the long run, this is going to be great news for our club and wider community.

“It’s thanks to the support of our partners, especially our main partners Tyler Packaging, that we’re in a position to grow and develop our facilities, which should see us catering for all levels of cricketing interest.”

 

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