Wisborough Green Women and Girls Cricket Tournament 2022 (Sunday 17 July 2022)Wisborough Green Sports Logo

Women and girls’ cricket at Wisborough Green was firmly placed on the map in Sussex on Sunday 17 July when over 80 players and 9 teams took part in the first-ever Wisborough Green Cricket Club Women and Girls’ cricket tournament in partnership with Sussex Cricket.

On Sunday, 17 July we were joined by teams from Petworth, Chiddingfold, Storrington, West Chiltington and Thakeham. It was a rather warm day, so ensuring we had all the safeguarding measures in place to support player welfare was very important. The green was decorated with bunting and marquees were dotted around so teams had a base and players could shelter from the sun.

The day began with a four-way 8-aside U11 competition between Chiddingfold, Storrington, West Chiltington and Wisborough Green with two matches on the go at any one time. All the teams played so well, especially given a few young players were playing their first ever game. Wisborough Green came second overall, pipped to the post by the extremely established and very tall Chiddingfold team! This was an outstanding result for our U11 Wisborough girls given they had only started playing cricket 10 weeks prior, for one hour a week! Their team spirit and determination were exceptional and they are all to be commended on how well they played and behaved throughout. The team’s coach Sarah Meurer was extremely proud and had a tear in her eye presenting them with their medals before handing the Trophy to Chiddingfold.

This was swiftly followed by an outright water fight complemented by a BBQ lunch and live music. We were so lucky to be joined by Sussex Coaches Charlotte Burton and Lara Johnson who kindly warmed up the U15 Chiddingfold and Wisborough Teams in the nets before their game started at 2 pm.

The U15 10-aside game started with Chiddingfold batting, they took advantage of the short boundary and hit lots of 4’s and 6’s to eventually win the game. We knew Chiddingfold were going to be hard to beat, however, the U15 Wisboorugh Team put up a great fight with excellent fielding as usual. Chiddingfold bowling was on point and Wisborough could not catch them on runs in the end. Well done to all the players for a great game.

Finally, it was the turn of the Women’s teams from Wisborough, Chiddingfold and Petworth. All the 10-aside teams had great fun with lots of shouting, cheering and team spirit in play. Again lots of 4’s and 6’s for all the teams. Wisborough Women’s Team looked the part and played like pros, with great fielding including a few dives from Fiona ‘Fluff’ Green and catches by Jen Cambell and Trish Dixon. Wicket balls from Bex Samuelson and Hannah Williams, awesome batting by Ann Wells and Kirsty Dawson. Sam Cookman and Jo Hunter bowled them straight and ‘safe hands’ Sarah Meurer did not let a ball past as Wicket Keeper! Peter Klein, the team’s coach, said ‘it was such a pleasure to watch how far the women’s team have come since the beginning of the season – they played brilliantly’.

Chiddingfold cleared up on the day winning the U11, U15 and Women’s competitions – so well done to them. However, it was Wisborough who triumphed by turning out competitive squads at all levels in their first year of match play. A special mention to Peter Klein for his unwavering dedication and support across all ages and to Mark Meurer who always makes sure the BBQ is on point and who has also been helping coach the women’s cricket too.  Wisborough Green Cricket Club could not have been more supportive and a big thank you to our Barmy Army of supporters, you know who you are!

Bring on 2023!

If you are interested in playing cricket for Wisborough Green Women’s or Girls’ teams then please do get in touch with Sarah.

The Growth of Women and Girls Cricket in Wisborough Green

In 2021 we established a U13 and U15 girls team who spent their first year training and establishing their cricket skills. This year they will have played several friendlies to master the art of the game and in 2023 we will enter the team into the league for the first time.

In 2022 we have complimented the U13 and U15 teams by establishing a young talent pipeline in the form of a girl’s U11 squad. This has proved extremely popular with up to 16 girls training on the green every Friday at 6 pm. Each week a new face arrives having heard about the team and wanting to be a part of it. The U11 girl’s team have players from Plastow, Ifold and Wisborough Green. At the beginning of this year’s season, the girls were still establishing very basic batting, bowling and fielding skills from scratch  – now they are a competitive team able to hold their own in a game shouting ‘wicket ball’ at every opportunity.

The other great addition this year has been the formation of our first-ever Women’s Cricket team. This was always going to be important to enable our older girls to have a team to go to when they grew out of girls’ cricket. The Wisborough Green Women’s team has proved extremely popular – 40 members have joined our Facebook group, we average 16 players training on the green on a Tuesday evening from 7 pm and 20 players arrived to play in our first match against Fernhurst – which we won!  The women’s team are aptly named ‘The Lashes’ and are a mix of ‘first timers’ and ‘more seasoned players’ all working together to create a great sense of camaraderie.

With the U11 and Women’s team formed, as a girl in Wisborough Green or surrounding villages, you can now start playing cricket at 4 yrs old in our mixed teams and carry on until you decide to hang up your cricket bat!

This year has been a year of moving all the girl’s and women’s teams from cricket skills to match play performance and what better way to showcase this than to host a Cricket Tournament in association with Sussex Cricket (see previous page).

Sarah Meurer (Whats app 07941 104941)