Women’s cricket set to take centre stage …
THIS weekend will mark something of a landmark for Keswick Cricket Club when the club holds its first ever women’s cricket festival backed by the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB).
Up to 100 women and girls from Keswick and the surrounding area are expected to converge on Fitz Park tomorrow for an afternoon of fun cricket and community activities.
The event runs from 2pm to at least 6pm and, in many respects, the occasion marks the culmination of a second year of dedication and commitment since Chinty Turnbull first raised the question of a renaissance of women’s cricket at Keswick.
Over those two years a group of up to 30 women and girls have met regularly for fun practice sessions at the ground and, during the winter months, at the Howard Allen sports pavilion at Keswick School, again building on the excellent working relationship between the school and the club.
Over that time Chinty and her husband, Ian, have, with help from other club members, been at the centre of this enterprising group which has given a new dimension to the club and its attempts to ensure that it continues to play an important role at the heart of the community.
This approach has been given added significance by the success of this season’s All Stars program for 5-8-year-olds which has seen more than 50 young players regularly attending sessions hosted by Ellie Hodgson and her mum, Sharon, and helpers.
The event tomorrow is free and is billed as being a women’s soft ball cricket festival — one of several across Cumbria and the UK.
There will be a series of friendly matches all happening at the same time around the ground and emphasis is on it being a fun event for all the family. There will be a barbecue, music and entertainment.