Usually, one of the first questions that I am asked when people meet me is “why did you choose to play cricket?”
Thinking about it now, it is not something that I myself knew the answer to when I first started playing when I was younger. However, over the years the reasons have become apparent and I am going to share a few of them with you...
Firstly, for those of you who do not know what cricket is or how it works I have written a brief summary:
You have 2 teams made up of 11 people. One team bats (2 batters at a time) while the other team bowls/fields. The captains of each team toss a coin before the start of the match to decide who bats or fields first. The aim of the batting team is to score as many runs (points) as possible without getting out, and the aim of the bowling team is to bowl the batters out. Both teams stop for tea (basically lunch) once the overs have been bowled or all the batters are out. Then the teams swap roles, so batting team now bowl/field and vice versa. The team that scores the highest number of runs win!
So the first thing about that is great about cricket is that the tea’s (lunch) are usually pretty good. At most local clubs they are made up of a selection of cakes, sandwiches and other savoury and sweet options.
So if you are a fan of the Great British Bake Off or just like eating cake then this sport is perfectly suited to you!
Unfortunately, at national level our teas are somewhat made up of healthier options. Usually it is a set meal full of the right sorts of food to give us enough energy to continue to play and perform well.
Another great thing about cricket is that it has provided me with the opportunity to travel and compete in different countries. So far, I have played cricket in England, Wales, Northern Ireland Ireland, Netherlands, UAE, and just recently in Thailand for World Cup Qualifiers which was an amazing experience and one that I will never forget!
So what’s great about women’s cricket? Women’s cricket is one of the fastest growing sports in the UK at the moment with more girls playing the sport than ever before. It is a lot slower paced than men’s cricket, but is still really competitive. It is also a great way to keep fit, as it involves a lot of short bursts of sprinting, building your own body strength and core fitness work. With more tournaments, qualifiers, and lots of development in the game in Scotland due to be happening in the next few years- this is definitely an exciting time to get involved in playing cricket and I would definitely urge you to give it a try if you can!