There was a fantastic atmosphere on hand at Beaconsfield Cricket Club recently for the clubs opening home fixture vs Trevallyn Gold in the summers hottest local sporting event…
The Female T20 Boom competition!
Started in 2015-16, the league continues to grow in popularity, with 2 Divisions now running, Division 1 consisting of Western Tiers, Trevallyn Blue, Hadspen, ACL, Longford and Evandale and perhaps of more interest to readers of this newspaper, Division 2 consisting of local teams Trevallyn Gold, Beauty Point, George Town, Legana and Beaconsfield. (Exeter unfortunately having to withdraw just prior to the season)
Matches are played across late spring, summer, and early Autumn from 5:30 on a Wednesday evening, a great way to break up the busy work week, maybe pack a picnic and a rug, and catch some great local women’s cricket.
The competition rules are structured to give all players a chance with the bat, with forced retirements to players after they have made 25 runs or faced 25 balls (whichever comes first).
Retired players can of course return in the event that the side is bowled out and umpires are given a lot of latitude when it comes to LBW decisions with a first warning encouraged before a player is adjudged leg before wicket! Likewise, no fewer than 8 of the 11 players on the field must bowl at least one over, again a rule designed to encourage as much participation as possible.
A competitive but fun environment really is the name of the game here!
The season concludes in March with a final series, so if you are free on a Wednesday evening, why not head down to one of the local clubs in the region and enjoy some great local woman’s cricket.