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CHESHIRE WOMEN’S CRICKET LEAGUE UPDATE

Hayfield and Nantwich 2nd XI will be new teams in the Cheshire Women's Cricket League in 2021.

Following the recent Annual General Meeting, the Cheshire Women’s Cricket League is pleased to welcome Hayfield CC as a full member club and the club’s women’s team will participate in the league’s senior hardball competitions in 2021. 

There will also be at least one other new team next year as Nantwich have become the latest club to enter a women’s second team. 

At the end of the truncated 2020 season, Porthill Park were convincing winners of the Western Division of the Summer Series with a 100 per cent record and an 83-point lead in the final standings. After winning their early matches by large margins, Porthill didn’t always have things their own way in the batting department in the later stages of the season, but no team was able to truly get to grips with their varied bowling attack.

Nantwich and Upton staged an exciting battle for the runners up spot as these two clubs maintained the excellent progress they have made in a short space of time. Nantwich ultimately prevailed in this race by a single point.

Stockport Trinity finally emerged triumphant in the Eastern Division by recording a dramatic and emphatic win in a final day winner takes all showdown against Didsbury, after it was Didsbury who narrowly won the first of the top of the table clashes some weeks earlier.

In the Development Division, it was another trophy winning season for undefeated Lindow after four victories by comfortable margins.

The individual award winners in each of the three divisions were:

 

Batting Award – Most Runs

Bowling Award – Most Wickets

Fielding Award – Most Catches & Run Outs

Wicketkeeping Award – Most Catches & Stumpings

Western Division

Evelyn Jones (Porthill Park) 343 runs

Bethan Robinson (Nantwich) 14 wickets

Molly Price (Oxton) 7 dismissals

Libby Clifton (Porthill Park) 8 dismissals

Eastern Division

Roshini Prince-Navaratnam (Didsbury) 338 runs

Emma Royle (Stockport Trinity) 12 wickets

Carys White (Stockport Trinity) 7 dismissals

Sarah McCann (Stockport Trinity) 7 dismissals

Development Division

Jen Regan (Wistaston Village) 85 runs

Jenny Wallace (Langley) & Lily Beckley (Lindow) 6 wickets

Jill Tildsley (Langley) 6 dismissals

Not awarded

A number of league players shone in other forms of cricket this year. The ECB launched its elite regional competition, the Rachael Heyhoe-Flint Trophy, involving 120 of the country’s best women’s players, which culminated in a live televised final. Six players from the league were selected in the squads for this tournament.

Hannah Jones of Didsbury and Danielle Collins of Leigh appeared for the North West-based Thunder team, while Leigh’s Daisy Mullan was in this squad but was not selected for any matches. Porthill Park’s Ilenia Sims played for the East Midlands-based Lightning team, while Porthill’s Evelyn Jones captained the West Midlands-based Central Sparks. Grace Potts of Porthill was selected for the Sparks squad but did not get the call to take the field during the tournament. When you exclude the various England players who only appeared in two matches during the Trophy, Evelyn Jones’ batting average of 66.80 was the fourth best across all eight teams. Hannah Jones’ bowling economy rate of 3.17 was the second best by the same measure.

Also, from the men’s cricket statistics in Cheshire this year:

·         Emma Royle of Stockport Trinity was the highest wicket taker in Division A-B North East of the Cheshire League with 21 wickets at 9.03 apiece. She bagged two five-wicket hauls and her return of 7-13 was the 7th best analysis in all of Cheshire club cricket this year.

·         Molly Price of Oxton was the highest wicket taker in 2nd XI Division 1 West of the Cheshire County League with 17 wickets at 10.76 apiece, with a best performance of 5-5.

·         Alexa Harrison was the leading wicket taker in Division D West of the Cheshire League with 20 wickets at 7.75 apiece, with 5-16 being the best of two five-wicket hauls. She features in the women’s league for Oxton but these performances were in the Old Parkonians mens’ 2nd 

The Cheshire Women’s Cricket League provides recreational cricket for women and girls of all ages and abilities across Cheshire and beyond. It attained ECB Regional League status in 2012.

The League currently has 19 full senior member clubs playing Sunday league cricket in four divisions and three senior cup competitions.

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