On Sunday 8th July the Women’s section celebrated their tenth year anniversary playing in the Women’s Southern League. Back in 2008, the women’s team was established by families wanting to improve the cricket available in the area for their daughters. Ten years on and the Ladies section is excelling, with the first IX competing in the premier league, the highest league possible. It is a great testament to our squad that we currently sit top of the leadership board. Bishop Stortford CC were the first league game our girls faced back in 2008, so it seemed fitting to hold our celebrations on the day that we were set to host them this season. Winning the toss, the Shrimps chose to bat and set a competitive score of 213 for 8 in the 50 over match. Notable performances include an opening partnership of 98 from Maxine Blythin (57) and Emma Marsh (35), with Anna Healey scoring 52 not out. Following tea, the shrimps came out in full force to bowl, taking two key wickets within the first three overs. Both were stunning diving catches from Annabelle Richards at first slip. Consistent bowling from Maxine Blythin (2-18), Hannah Jelfs (2-19), Elysa Hubbard (2-20), Phillipa Skelton-Hook (1-29) and Charlotte Pape (1-35) and tight fielding, saw Bishop Stortford fall 50 runs short of victory. 

During the game, a three course meal was held for past and present members of the club who have contributed to the success of the Ladies section over the ten years. Following the match, activities such as a raffle, a quiz and ‘guess the baby photo’ competition continued the celebrations into the early evening.

A special thank you to Hayward Designs for creating a high quality programme for the day and thank you to everyone who came down to the club to help celebrate with us. Finally, thank you to everyone who contributed to making the day a success, especially to our managers Marie Pape and Dagmar Healey and captain Katharine Wickington – without their hard work today and throughout the season, our ladies section would be nothing!

Here’s to the next ten years..