The women’s honours board recognises the list of players to appear for the 1st XI in the Surrey Women’s Cricket League, since the side’s formation in 2023.
ECC Women’s 1XI – All Time Appearance List
1. Emma Burt (debut v Cranleigh away, May ’23)
2. Claire Craven
3. Ellie Dodson
4. Hannah Dougherty
5. Hollie Eagle
6. Erica Eggington
7. Abigail Forder
8. Anaya Holton
9. Non Keay
10. Alexie Panes
11. Elsbeth Thompson
12. Georgina Perry (v Malden Home, June ’23)
13. Rachel Roberts
14. Tannah Petsch
15. Olivia Stratten
16. Georgie Dodson (v Wimbledon Home, June ’23)
17. Imari Holton
18. Elizabeth Miller
19. Sophie Chang (v Malden away, July ’23)
20. Olivia Holland
21. Francesca Perry
22. Bella Stanton (v Cranleigh Home, Aug ’23)
2023 End of Season Awards
Women’s 1st XI Players’ Player of the Year
1. Hannah Dougherty
2. Georgina Perry
3. Emma Burt
Women’s 1st XI Captain’s Player of the Year
Outstanding Contribution to Women’s Cricket
U15s Girls’ Awards
Batting – Ellie Dodson
Bowling – Non Keay
Fielding – Sarah Sweeney
Most Improved – Tannah Petsch
Women’s Softball Player of the Year
A History of Women’s Cricket at ECC – by Paul Stroud, Chair
It was the autumn when we first realised there was interest in cricket at the club, including amongst girls at Howard of Effingham school. I contacted Surrey and was put in contact with their participation officer, Vicki Howard. After attending a couple of Surrey County meetings regarding girls’ cricket, it was obvious that the whole area was growing and that clubs were at different stages of developing cricket for women. Having gauged interest at ECC, it became apparent that we would be interested in starting with softball cricket.
At ECC we put a working party together and an email was sent to the membership in January asking for interest from the girls in a new Women’s team at the club. This was expanded when Beth Townend, Sports teacher at Manor House, forwarded the email to pupils to find their interest.
Our first training sessions were in June, followed by our first (inter-club) match on 29th June 2018 with 20 players. On 26th July we played our first external match, beating Westcott. On 26th August we took part in a Softball festival at Newdigate CC, losing to (a much younger) Newdigate team. At that stage, the majority of players were parents of our junior players.
Three matches were played this year, against Westcott, Newdigate, and Capel, as well as two softball festivals at Godalming, though it started to become difficult to get numbers.
Amidst the pandemic, captain Pat Fewson led the team through a repeat of the the same three fixtures as the previous year, late that summer, while 2021 saw the entry into the Surrey Women’s Softball League for the first time. However, by 2022, the section fizzled out as numbers continued to steadily reduce.
A revived team made a strong comeback in 2023, in part motivated by the strength and development of the girls graduating out of the junior section.
Spearheaded by Josh Farrell, Head of Women’s Cricket, and newly appointed Women’s Officer, Sarah Dougherty, ECC played their inaugural season in the Surrey Women’s Cricket League, as well as fielding a side for the Central Smash IT Softball League.