Since starting in 2020, the women’s team has gone from strength to strength. In 2023, we will play our inaugural season in the Surrey Women’s Cricket League, as well as fielding a side for the Central Smash IT Softball League.
The team is comprised of women and girls of all ages and abilities, and everyone is welcome to join, regardless of experience. Whether it’s hardball or softball, there are opportunities for all to play at the level they feel most comfortable, or to challenge themselves outside their comfort zone.
Many younger members have played for Effingham at age group levels and in mixed Colt teams, and with high participation from young girls, there is now a pathway through to senior cricket and a bright future ahead.
To enquire about our women’s team, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
SMASH IT Softball Festival @ Chiddingfold
Amidst some late team withdrawals, Sunday 20 August’s softball festival at Chiddingfold was able to go ahead, with the Ships facing the hosts, and Woking & Horsell.
ECC opened the event against W&H, where a close result saw Effingham’s 232/5 beaten by W&H’s 237/2. We then played eventual winners Chiddingfold, who got 266/1 to Effingham’s 234/2.
A great opportunity to continue improving skills with both bat and ball, we demonstrated some good work in the field against two good sides and continued to show great commitment to developing as a team.
Smashing Saturday For Ships’ Softball & Hardball Sides
Saturday, 9 July was a winning day for the women’s team, which simultaneously fielded two different sides – one visiting Walton-on-Thames for a hardball friendly, whilst the other travelled to Dorking to compete in the SMASH IT softball festival.
At Walton, the Ships picked up their first hardball victory of the season, winning by 7 wickets. Annie and Liv both took their first wickets in women’s cricket, and Frankie’s 2/33 was joined by Ellie and Alexie in adding to their season totals, as Walton set the score of 180/8. A second innings 122 run partnership between Ellie (49) and Abi (30*), and a quickfire 15 from Georgie P saw the team home with 5 balls remaining.
Meanwhile, in Dorking, the softball side were crowned winners, after facing three different teams across the afternoon, starting with the hosts. After being set a target of 47, opening batting pair of Sarah and Pat sent the team on their way scoring 17 runs, followed by the young pairing of Bella and Nyang’ara with 13. The runs continued to come, as they recorded a total of 72 without losing a wicket.
Chasing a target of 40 against Ottershaw, a solid run of batting partnerships was rounded off by Erica and Emma, who posted 14 runs without loss to set the winning total of 54. The final fixture against Leatherhead saw the Ships be restricted to a total of 39 runs, but excellent fielding saw three crucial wickets taken off the final two pairs by Imari (2) and Rachel (1), reducing Leatherhead’s score late on to 18 runs and sealing a clean sweep of victories.
Women’s and girls cricket at Effingham CC has an exciting future ahead. From the team playing their first hardball match last season, to entering into the Surrey Women’s Cricket League for their inaugural season in 2023, we have made great progress in a short space of time.
Being able to support both softball and hardball has meant our women’s team has been active in developing their skills to become proficient bowlers and batters. Direction and coaching support from senior men’s players has aided our development, including some great individual performances and teamwork in the field.
There is a lot of interest amongst the younger girls’ age groups, who we hope will all join the senior team, and over the past few years we have a established a great group of girls who are coming along regularly to play.
Georgie Dodson, Women’s Captain
Effingham Cricket Ground – Mondays – 6.30pm-8pm
Training for women & U15 girls (all aged 12+ are invited)
Monday, 1 May saw the first successful training session in 2023 for the U15 girls & women’s team, where players of all ages practiced and improved their skills, showing promising potential for the upcoming season. Several new players were welcomed at the session, and will continue to be welcome throughout the season.
Effingham will be entering into the Surrey Women’s Cricket League for the first time in 2023, as well as fielding a team for the Central Smash IT Softball League. The following are the scheduled fixtures for the 1st XI (unless stated to be softball):
14 May – Cranleigh (a) – Cranleigh won by 98 runs
25 May – Softball Festival @ Merstham
1 June – Westcott (Softball, a) – Effingham win by 74 runs
4 June – Malden Wanderers (h) – Malden won by 7 wickets
18 June – Wimbledon (h) – Wimbledon won by 10 wickets
22 June – Dorking (Softball, h) – Effingham win by 62 runs
2 July – Malden Wanderers (a) – Malden won by 9 wickets
9 July – Walton on Thames (a) – Effingham won by 7 wickets
9 July – Softball Festival @ Dorking – Effingham overall winners
20 July – Dorking (Softball, a) – Dorking won by 50 runs
23 July – Wimbledon (a) – Wimbledon won by 183 runs
6 August – Walton on Thames (h) – Walton on Thames conceded
13 August – Cranleigh (h) – Cranleigh won by 8 wickets
20 August – Softball Festival @ Chiddingfold
28 August – Richmond (T20, a) – Richmond won by 40 runs
The following is an introduction to the key figures in our women & girls’ section:
Head of Women's Cricket
Globally, women’s cricket has gone through rapid change in the last few years – from amateur players earning the first professional contracts in 2014, World Cup glory at a sold-out Lords in 2017, to now Nat Sciver-Brunt becoming one of the UK’s highest paid female athletes following 2023’s inaugural WIPL.
At Effingham, we hope to offer opportunities to women and girls that were seldom seen in the sport 20 years ago, and a chance to support those trying to emulate their heroes. Don’t hesitate to reach out with any questions!
1st XI Captain
The women & girls group is proud to have a strong team spirit, learning with each match and training session.
In 2023, we are looking forward to improving and supporting each other throughout the season, and are continually welcoming anyone who wishes to join in the fun of playing cricket, regardless of experience or capability.
My role is to represent the women and girls’ teams on the committee, and I meet frequently with other senior members of the club to discuss a variety of ideas and issues.
Fielding teams from U9 girls to a woman’s first team, we are a friendly and inclusive club, giving everyone an opportunity to participate fully in all the games .
We aim to continually improve and develop the playing experience going forwards, so if you have any suggestions or concerns on the direction of these teams, please feel free to contact me.
My role will include supporting anyone with any questions, worries, or concerns, but also helping to foster positive experiences and relationships within the club.
Please get in touch anytime. You’ll probably find me at the ECG most Saturdays as well!