For the 2017 season Burgess Hill CC girls and ladies cricket will be entering teams across all the available County age groups. The Club will be staging its inaugural Girls and Ladies Cricket Day to celebrate girls cricket and to encourage even more girls and ladies to take up the game. It will be held on Sunday 30th July in St John’s Park and there will be a full day of events. Watch this space!!
Our Under 11 squad won the Lady Taverners County Trophy in 2016 and finished joint winners of their league having gone through the season unbeaten. Our U11’s this season will be captained by Molly Hepburn with Millie Gwynn as her vice-captain.
Our Under 13 squad also won their league in 2016 during a season which saw their first venture into hardball cricket. Additionally, they finished the season as runners up in the County final. Katie Read takes over the U13’s captaincy for 2017 and will have two vice-captains, Issy Cooper and Hannah Johanson.
Our U15 squad will be entering competitive cricket for the first time this season and will be led by Adeline Preston, ably supported by Amy Butterfill as vice-captain.
2017 will see the club putting out a Women’s squad for the first time, captained by our 4th XI skipper Charley Hepburn with Izzy Deamer as vice-captain. While it will be a young side, the team has a lot of experience of age-group cricket that we now take forward into the women’s game. For Development Cup matches, Izzy will captain the side.
We continue to strengthen our partnerships with local primary schools, in particular Birchwood Grove, Manor Field, London Meed and St Wilfrids and The Burgess Hill Academy, formerly Oakmeeds, where around 70 girls from Year 3 to Year 10 are regularly involved in training sessions and competitions. Recently schools have been remarkably successful taking part in many tournaments at county, regional and national level. In 2016 Birchwood Grove won the Masters Tournament at Horsham with a team that included 7 Burgess Hill players: http://www.midsussextimes.co.uk/sport/cricket-birchwood-grove-are-the-masters-1-7499034
In 2014, Charley Hepburn was part of the victorious Oathall U15 team that travelled to Lords in the Lady Taverners National Finals and finished 2nd in the country: http://www.midsussextimes.co.uk/sport/oathall-s-cricketing-girls-book-place-at-lord-s-1-6038902 as well as winning the 2014 Chance to Compete National competition: http://www.midsussextimes.co.uk/sport/oathall-girls-are-cricketing-national-champions-1-6310083
In 2015 Oakmeeds U15 Girls (including Emily Goss, Izzy Deamer, Ella Ward and Adeline Preston) won both county and regional indoor finals and travelled to Lords to compete in the National finals and finished 3rd out of 726 schools across the whole country: http://www.sussexcricket.co.uk/scb-news-feed/girls-cricket-oakmeeds-win-lady-taveners-regionals-amp-head-to-lords?A=WebApp&CCID=19758&Page=3&Items=2 and
Adult Women’s Beginners Sessions
In addition, we are heavily involved in the inception of Power Play Cricket which is aimed at adult female beginners. Inclusive, adaptable and fast-moving, this format has been set up in a bid to increase participation without placing too much emphasis of the competitive side of the game, encouraging players to come and try it out without worrying about how good they might be. Supported by some of our excellent younger players/coaches there are also plans for the game to be rolled out across the county during 2017. There is a Facebook page set up for Power Play Cricket that can be found here: https://www.facebook.com/Power-Play-Cricket-1847514695485029/
Our girls and women’s coaching team are enthusiastic with several years successful experience at club level, aiming to provide a safe, welcoming environment where girls and women of all abilities can take part and enjoy cricket with the support and encouragement from all at the club.
County Age-Group Representatives
In 2017 there will be 2 age-group county representative players taking to the field for Burgess Hill along with 4 other players with county age-group experience. Many of the girls have already shown an interest in playing both boys and men’s cricket and everyone at the club is looking forward to supporting all of the girls in achieving their ambitions. Outdoor training will commence in St John’s Park from Friday April 7th starting at 4.15 pm.
Winter training takes place at Hurst College from Sunday January 29th until April 2nd at the following times:
Under 11 Girls 2pm-3pm
Under 13 Girls/Under 15 Girls 4pm-5pm
Women’s hardball squad 7pm-9pm
We also have 2 Power Play Cricket sessions booked in at The Burgess Hill Academy Sports Hall on Monday 23rd January and Monday 30th January between 8pm and 9pm.
2016 Award Winners
Under 11 Girls Team Player: Amelie Palmer-Brown
Under 11 Girls Outstanding Contribution: Hannah Johanson
Under 11 Girls Champagne Moments:
Lydia Preston (Hat-trick at the County Ground)
Maddy Stewart-Parsons (First 6 of the season)
Megan Leaney (6 over cover at the County Ground)
Under 13 Girls Team Player: Katie Read
Under 13 Girls Outstanding Contribution: Amy Butterfill
Under 13 Girls Champagne Moments:
Lucy McNiven (Appealing for a bowled wicket to her Dad who was scoring!)
Louise McLaren (16 not out v Brighton & Hove)
Lily Freeman (Hitting winning boundary v Brighton & Hove).