Women’s cricket is the same cricket that the whole world fancies, but the players are all female, and the sport does not garner as much attention by the media. Since the 16th century, every male could play the game, but females didn’t get to play cricket until the 18th century.
How Is Women’s Cricket Promoted in Lancashire?
In 2018, the Lancashire Cricket Foundation revealed that they had a plan to have their Soft Ball Cricket for Women festivals return for its second time, and the Foundation plans to expand the festivals majorly. They thought up a scheme that would help women’s cricket grow more popular in Lancashire. Their plan is to mark the exponential growth of women’s cricket that would occur during the summer.During the festival of 2017, they hosted only twelve clubs at the festival. In 2018, they had more than 40 clubs from North West England that each held their local festivals for one day, which they hoped would get more than a thousand women to engage in the sport.
The event coordinator of the Foundation mentioned that they were happy to be working with all the people from the county. They planned the events to make sure that all the women who would love to participate will feel relaxed, supported, and that they can learn new skills in an atmosphere where they feel included. They host the festivals for the women who have never played cricket before and it pushes them to have a fun enjoyable experience in their first game of cricket.The England and Wales Cricket Board started up the program in the year of 2017 to mark the event as the stage of the Women’s Cricket World Cup. The women’s cricket team of England in 2017 played against India, which had over a million people watching the sport on television. This contributed to an exponential amount of interest in the sport amongst women.In the nation, there are almost two thousand women’s cricket festivals held across the country in 2017 compared to the measly amount of the previous year of 2016, which amounted to about three hundred festivals. The tournaments that they held revolved around having games that had six sides. To play the games, you would play with a ball that was soft and only bowling with your underarm, which were the rules that they designed to help it be quick, enjoyable, and easy to learn.In Lancashire, the ruleset was named “Prosecco Cricket,” there were twelve clubs which held a festival each, which included Chorley, Euxton, Shaw, Ashton, Rishton, and Littleborough. The twelve festivals run from the beginning of May up until September of the year. The cricket club in Shaw hosted the first festival, which took place on May 6. The players had to pay £25 to enter with six members in their team. The festivals didn’t have a dress code, so you could wear whatever you wanted to wear, and the event coordinators provided the equipment you would need to play cricket to the teams who entered.Ultimately, Lancashire is slowly putting itself on the map with women’s cricket.