Sawbridgeworth Cricket Club launches first all-girls competitive team and wants to recruit new members
A piece of history was made at Sawbridgeworth when the club's first all-girls team played its inaugural match against local rivals Bishop's Stortford.
The colts section has doubled in size over the last two years, with many of its 150-plus members being girls who are new to the sport this season.
And so it was a big occasion when they took to the field at Leventhorpe School to take on Stortford's under-11s in a match using The Hundred format.
Representing Sawbo were Hannah Smith, Jazzy Paktsun, Chloe Williams, Layla Ait-Younes, Ellen Lawrence and Delilah Finn alongside Cecily Morgan, Ava Ellis, Erin Ings and Grace Diemaker.
Stortford took the honours with a score of 348 to the hosts' 255. Stortford's Poppy was the best with the bat as she hit eight boundaries in a knock of 39.
The Sawbo team have been entered in the Hertfordshire Junior Girls' League and are looking forward to taking on the likes of Stortford, Redbourn, Harpenden, Radlett and St Albans.
"I couldn't be prouder of our girls for the effort they put in, with minimal training," said coach Romesh Paktsun. "I'm really looking forward to training in the coming weeks and building on everyone's strengths. They're little budding stars in the making!
"This is the start of great things to come. Let's make history for our club!"
Sawbo hope to introduce female teams in older age groups next year and are offering a free taster session to any potential new members. Email the club's colts junior chair Alison Taylor at firstname.lastname@example.org to find out more.