They love to play hard ball

Anyone wishing to get involved in women’s cricket, either as a player, supporter or heckler, should get down to the Smith Road Oval on Sunday.

From 11am until late afternoon it will be a great day of family fun around women’s seven-a-side matches.

The three new teams – Greenies, Panthers and Stingrays are playing each other twice with a hard ball. Soft ball women’s cricket has been around for years but the International Cricket Council has made a directive that women must start playing too for the men to continue being funded.

It seems that there is no shortage of women wanting to play here as more teams are planned and hopefully a league will eventually be formed.

Cayman cricket’s technical director Theo Cuffy has high hopes for the game here. He was on Cayman27 yesterday with Deborah Ebanks, one of the women cricket committee members. Merta Day is chairperson of the committee and also on the committee are Molly-Ann Moore, Stephen Best and Simon Wetherell.

Cuffy said: ‘We need to get involved in the communities and the schools and use cricket not just as a sport but as a social activity. Not everyone is going to become a good cricketer and represent the country, but you can become socially active and acceptable if you’re involved in cricket.’

Cuffy is pleased women’s cricket is flourishing internationally. West Indies have a strong team and the women’s World Cup is going on at present in Australia and is even televised on local TV.

‘When you see women’s cricket at that level you realise that there is no difference between the men and women’s game.

‘Bowling is the hardest part of the game for women but after a while they adapt. It’s a matter of people persisting and persevering and really enjoying it.

‘We’re going to run a series of coaching courses to teach the ladies all the basics of the game and encourage them as much as possible.’

  • To get involved and more information on Sunday’s women’s fun day, ring Merta Day on 916 5232 or Theo Cuffy on 916 5862.
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