New T20 era for women’s cricket set to start with bang
A new era for women’s cricket on the island starts tomorrow when Warwick Workmen's Club clash with St David’s in a Bermuda Cricket Board T20 league match at Saltus Grammar School.
Saturday’s match is the first of two fixtures this weekend and is scheduled to start at 4pm.
Police Recreation Club is the venue on Sunday for the match between Western Stars and Cleveland County, with the first ball to be bowled at 10am. St. George’s, the final team in the league, have a bye this weekend.
The league will feature ten matches played between Saturday and July 15 with the final matches taking place at the same venue as the men’s BCB Athene T20 Cricket League.
The league was given some much needed impetus when seven players, all from Warwick Workmen's, travelled to the United States to compete as the Bermuda Triangle Gems in the Georgia Women Cricket Association’s tenth annual T20 tournament last month.
Kellie Smith, the BCB chair of the development programme for youth, women and girls, has been working tirelessly to get the league off the ground and is delighted to see her dream come to fruition.
“I am excited that the first ever women’s cricket league is finally getting off this weekend,” Smith said.
“Once we build on it, it will grow and we will see more women join in. We have five teams so far and we looking to grow with more teams coming on board, not this year but maybe next year,’’ said Smith.
A women’s T20 league is an ICC requirement before national teams are allowed to compete in sanctioned tournaments at both senior and under-19 level, with the BCB looking to form a sustainable league to lead to the formation of a national squad in future.