Lincolnshire batsman Beth Smith looks forward to her first season of county cricket.
As the season approaches, the Lincolnshire ladies set-up are relishing the fact that for the first time they are playing in the County Championship. For a minor county, where women’s and girl’s cricket only really got established 5 years ago, this is a major step forward to establishing themselves in the cricketing world.
The ladies team is still in its infancy under new coach/ manager Alan Ward who joined the Lincs coaching staff 2 years ago, but they are going from strength to strength.
Over the winter months the ladies have undergone a regular training programme in preparation for the coming season; and some of the stronger junior girls were also invited to attend the training sessions with the intention that they will be fighting for the chance to play in some of the ladies fixtures during the summer.
The first game for Lincs Ladies is this coming Sunday (3rd May) and they are sending out a strong team looking to make an impact in their first county champs fixture. Due to work and other commitments some of the senior players are unavailable, so a strong suit of U17s join the five experienced seniors in the match against Huntingdonshire & Cambridgeshire.
Some of the youngsters will be ones to watch in the coming season, both for their respective junior team but also within the ladies team.
Becki Brooker, India Freeman and Alexia Page-Graves all performed with the bat last season and will be required to put in similar performances to aid the senior batsmen – Beth Smith, Hayley Butts and Rachael Dyer.
Lucy Barnes (U17) will be assisting the bowling attack alongside debutant senior Sarah McDowell and returning left-armer Dani Jex.
The close fought matches in 2014 have given the Lincolnshire ladies a good platform to spring from in their inaugural season in the county championship. A match report will follow Sundays match; hopefully showing Lincs as victorious!
Come on You Imps!