Cricket

Since its successful School Games debut in 2017, Cricket is returning to the competition in 2018 to give the nation's up and coming female cricket stars a chance to demonstrate why Girls' Cricket is on the rise!

A fantastic team sport that involves two teams of eleven players attempting to outscore the other as they alternate between batting and bowling/fielding. Two batsmen are on the field at any one time and the batting team have a limited number of deliveries, in this case 20 overs of six deliveries each, to score as many runs as possible, either by running between the wickets (or stumps) or by sending the ball across the boundary rope. 

The innings continues until either the maximum number of deliveries have been bowled or once the fielding team have removed ten of the opposition batsmen by either hitting their stumps with a delivery, catching a shot before it hits the ground, or by hitting the batsmen on the pad when it otherwise would have hit their wicket - known as LBW.

Whilst the first known women’s cricket game took place in 1745, the advent of T20 cricket has seen popularity rise in recent years. The first Women’s international T20 took place in 2004 and since then the Women’s Big Bash League alongside the Kia Super League has given players the opportunity to develop their cricket year-round around the world. 

The England Women’s team are a fully professional team with full time schedules taking players and coaches around the world. England also staged the 2017 Women’s World Cup and the final between India and England, in which the hosts emerged victorious, was played in front of a record crowd at Lords.

Cricket at the 2018 School Games

This year’s School Games will see the best 39 female cricketers aged between 14-18 taking place in a 3-team round robin competition. 

Selection for the event will take place at the Regional Development Centre Festival in late July, where girls will be selected to represent either team Knight, Sciver or Brunt at Loughborough University in late August. 

The competition promises to be fiercely fought out with all players looking to impress during the School Games.

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Thursday 30 August

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Did you know?

  • In 2016 the Kia Super League was created in England attracting the best players from around the world to play in a T20 competition.
  • The women’s world cup is two years older than the men’s world cup, with the inaugural competition taking place in 1973.
  • It is said that the bowling action you see today began as female cricketers were unable to bowl underarm due to the wide skirts that were worn in the 1800s.
  • In 2001, England’s Arran Brindle (aka Arran Thompson) became the youngest captain of the game, when she was was handed captaincy of the national women’s cricket team while she was just 19 years old.
  • England’s Natalie Sciver was the only player to register more than one century in the 2017 Women’s Cricket World Cup.