CRICKET - Dorridge women to play at Lord's - The Solihull Observer

CRICKET - Dorridge women to play at Lord's

Solihull Editorial 8th May, 2024 Updated: 9th May, 2024   0

DORRIDGE Cricket Club’s women’s side will play at Lord’s in a once-in-a-lifetime match against an MCC team.

The team, made up of both senior and junior women and girls from Dorridge CC, will play a T20 match against the MCC as part of Women’s Day at Lord’s on Friday, May 17.

The MCC chose Dorridge’s women’s first team due to their fantastic performances last season which included reaching the final of the ECB National Vitality T20 Women’s Club Cup.

And the team will be the first from Dorridge to ever play at Lord’s.

Women’s first team captain, Liz Russell, said: “To play at Lord’s is a dream come true for all of us. To follow in the footsteps of all those legendary players who have played there is really inspiring.

“We can’t wait to walk out onto the pitch and play at the home of cricket. I am sure we will be nervous, excited and focused on playing our best in equal measures.

“The game is open to the public and we are expecting lots of family, friends and club supporters to be there. I would like to thank the MCC for inviting us to play against them. It will be an amazing day and is a once in a lifetime opportunity.”

Dorridge’s head of women’s cricket, coach and vice captain, Anisha Patel, added: “Women’s cricket is especially important at Dorridge. We run six women’s sides covering both junior and senior age groups.

“Girls and women can join the club at any age from five years old onwards. Very excitingly, later this summer we will be officially opening a new pitch and pavilion that the club has built to accommodate the growth in the number of girls and women playing cricket at Dorridge.

“It is great to have such a fantastic new facility for our teams. The teams are making great progress, and we are also well supported by Warwickshire Cricket Foundation.”

Dorridge’s secretary and safeguarding officer, Sanjay Vadher, said: “Women and girls cricket is one of Dorridge Cricket Club’s top priorities.

“From being part of the inception of women and girls cricket here to seeing it starting to flourish is very rewarding.

“We have some brilliant cricketers and people here who are making this happen along with tremendous support from Warwickshire Cricket Board and the ECB.

“Participation is increasing year on year, and we are confident with our approach and focus that every player at Dorridge Cricket Club will not only enjoy their cricket and grow, they will also continue to build on our successes.”

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