Bishop's Stortford Cricket Club aiming to grow its successful ladies' section by developing a second XI
Bishop's Stortford are aiming to grow their successful ladies' section by developing a second XI.
The Cricketfield Lane club is looking for new players of any standard as it bids to bring through the next generation of female cricketers, with winter training set to start in early January.
Stortford formed a ladies' team in 2007 and joined the North London Cricket League the following year.
They moved leagues before joining the Women's Cricket Southern League in 2012 and were promoted from Division Three to the Premier Division, where they currently play, by 2017, when former England captain Charlotte Edwards joined the club.
Last year saw the team win the new national Vitality Ladies' T20 knockout competition and this year, despite the coronavirus restrictions, were able to complete a 10-game campaign when the sport resumed in July.
Stortford won six of their matches in what was a successful period and only arch rivals Finchley – the Hertfordshire Ladies team – got the better of them, although they did beat them on two occasions.
Other memorable victories were secured against Colchester and East Essex as some of the club's talented youngsters got the chance to perform at a higher level as part of their ongoing development.
There were several impressive individual performances, including by the likes of Ella Vasey and Essex player Matilda Prince.
Stortford have three girls' teams at under-11, under-13 and under-15, with the older sides reaching county finals in their last two competitive seasons.
Any girls or ladies interested in taking part in winter training after Christmas should call Andrew Povey-Richards on 07941 094281.