Cricket first became a sport available to women and girls in Thame in 2015, thanks to the highly-successful launch of the Crick-Fit initiative. Brought to Thame through the Oxfordshire Cricket Board and its dedicated coaches, Ellie Ingram and George Setterfield, the weekly sessions were a one-hour mixture of fun, fitness and cricket-related exercises. Launched on June 17th by the town’s Mayor, Nichola Dixon, the sessions were open to females of all ages. Between June and August, they attracted over 40 participants, aged from 15 through to 62!
Later in 2015, to cap the first successful season for Thame’s women, OCB and Thame CC organised the first-ever softball-cricket tournament for women in Oxfordshire. Over 30 players took part and the trophy was contested by four teams, 3 from Thame and 1 from Horley, culminating in a win for the Thame “Purple” team at the end of a very enjoyable morning.
Crick-fit continued into 2016, while the ladies began to put a squad together, taking part in several tournaments and friendlies. 2017 was a huge year of progression for Women’s Cricket at the club. Hard ball training on a Thursday night became a permanent fixture in the Club calendar, while the ladies also competed in more friendlies, softball tournaments and a 6-a-side. Two friendlies against our U11s and one against local business, MeetingZone, gave most of the team experience of their first hard ball matches. A team was entered into the 6-a-side tournament at our Annual Open Day, then, the following Sunday, the team again got together for the Cublington Women’s Softball Festival – finishing 5th out of 7 teams, winning 2 games! Towards the end of the season, The Ladies played their first ever full 11-a-side match against another local ladies team, an experienced South Moreton side. And to close the season, the Ladies won the Bicester Softball Tournament, beating Oxford!
The 2018 season took Women’s Cricket in Thame to a whole new level! Starting with training during the winter and the unveiling of Bridget Cooper as the first ever Thame Women’s Captain, the team entered the Thames Valley Women’s hard-ball League for the first time! Looking professional in their brilliant new kit (pictured below), sponsored by NNR Global Logistics, the ladies faced teams from Henley, Maidenhead and Cookham Dean – currently recording 2 wins, and 2 losses. The summer was filled with more friendlies than ever before, as well as several Softball Tournaments of which Thame was chosen to host one! Last, but not least, the Women’s team has also provided the Men’s 4th team with players in times of need – with several of the squad stepping up to show the boys how it’s done!
Looking to join?
All new players will be very welcome. To find out more, just email Bridget Cooper on firstname.lastname@example.org or come along on Thursday evenings in sports kit. To join please download the Ladies Membership Form.
Women’s hard ball cricket outdoor training is on Thursdays from 7-8pm with ECB level 2 qualified coaches Emma Boswell and John Patey running the sessions.
Ladies Indoor Nets are Thursday evenings 7-8pm at the Gym at Lord Williams’s Upper School. (January 18th, 25th, February. 1st, 8th, 22nd and March 1st). There is also a Sunday evening Adult nets sesssion 5-6pm, starting on February 4th and going through to April 15th, with the exception of Easter Day. 10 sessions in total. This is at the Lord Williams’s Lower School Sports Hall. Cost per session £3.