2017 has been another year of progression for Women’s Cricket at the club. Hard ball training on a Thursday night has been a permanent fixture in the Club calendar, while the ladies have also competed in several friendlies, softball tournaments and a 6-a-side. Two friendlies against our U11s and one against local business, MeetingZone, have given most of the team experience of their first hard ball matches. On Sunday 6th August, Thame Women entered a team into the 6-a-side tournament at our Annual Open Day, playing matches against Raquets Fitness Centre, J. Bennett Insurance Brokers and the Jack O’Donnell Foundation. 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!
Ladies 6-a-side team at the Annual Club Open Day 2017
Cublington Women’s Softball Festival 2017
Cricket became a sport available to women in Thame for the very first time in 2015, thanks to the highly-successful launch of the initiative called Crick-Fit in June. Brought to Thame through the auspices of Oxfordshire Cricket Board and its dedicated coaches, Ellie Ingram and George Setterfield, the weekly Crick-Fit 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!
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, at the end of August.
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.
Looking to join?
All new players will be very welcome. To find out more, just email Sheena Beard 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 training is on Thursday’s from 7pm to 8pm with ECB level 2 qualified coaches Emma Boswell and John Patey running the sessions.
For the past 2 years, the Ladies have been able to prepare indoors for the coming of the next cricket season. Organised by Oxfordshire Cricket Board and Thame Cricket Club, with coaching led by George Setterfield, the indoor sessions will take place at Lord Williams’s Upper School gym. All females from Thame and the surrounding area (including Tiddington and Haddenham) are invited to join in the sessions. They run from 7.00 to 8.00 pm, every Thursday evening through until the start of the outdoor season. (exact start and finish dates yet to be arranged for 2018)