Since its formation in 2011, North Midd’s girls’ section has been a success story. We now have over 60 members and will be running teams in Girls’ leagues at Under 10, 12, 14 and 15 in 2019.
However, until now we have not been able to offer competitive girls’/womens’ cricket to our members In Year 11 and above. That is about to change. North London CC and North Middlesex CC have agreed to collaborate to enable girls from NMCC to have opportunities to play matches for NLCC’s women’s teams and to train with the NLCC women’s squad and to collaborate further with the objective of eventually fielding combined women’s teams, while preserving a relationship, and a sense of identity, for the players with their respective clubs.
The partnership also brings together the resources of the two clubs to pay for a professional coach. The coach will be Olivia Rae who currently plays county cricket and has played 76 times for Scotland. Having two women’s teams and a professional coach will enable the partnership to provide opportunities for women and older teenage girls to develop their cricket.
The Women’s First Team will play in the Middlesex Womens 40 Over League and Division 1 of the Middlesex Women’s 20/20 League. In addition, a Women’s Development Team will play in Division 2 of the 20\20 League. The aim of fielding two women’s teams is to provide women and older teenage girls with opportunities to play cricket and to develop their game.
The women’s team will have a practice at North London’s ground between 9.30am and 11.00am on Saturday mornings, starting on 27th April 2019 and led by the professional coach, and North Midd girls in Year 11 and above will attend those sessions. The women’s’ matches will be played on Sundays with some home matches being played at the Midd with the rest at North London. The players in the women’s teams will remain members of their “home” club - either North London and North Middlesex.
Practices for North Midd’s girls in year 10 and below will continue to be held at the Midd on Sunday mornings.
There will be further opportunities to train with Olivia Rae, including plans to start a joint academy run by Olivia which will enable under 16 girls to work with her.
Updated 21:55 - 8 Feb 2019 by Mike Harris