Beth Smith reports on progress in the Lincs League this season
Heading into its third year, the women’s cricket league in Lincolnshire has provided females across the county the opportunity to play against each other and the chance to become recognised by the county. It has also enabled those junior county players to participate in more fixtures against each other thus challenging them to show why they have been selected to represent their county.
Newcomers to the league, Hartsholme CC, have had a brilliant start to their campaign winning 2 of their 3 fixtures: beating returning teams Louth CC and Scunthorpe CC but losing out to Market Rasen CC – who are looking to turn close-fought losses into victories this year.
Rasen have also won 2 of 3, losing to Louth in their first game of the season, missing a number of regular players due to exams. Comfortable victories in their next 2 fixtures against Hartsholme and Scunthorpe have left Rasen joint top with Hartsholme after 6 matches have been played in the league.
Joint winners in 2014, Louth, currently sit third with 1 win and 1 loss. With their strongest team out, Louth have the potential to climb up the table but with the new strength of Rasen and Hartsholme it will be a tough challenge for them.
Scunthorpe have had the worst possible start losing all 3 of their fixtures putting them bottom of the table. The only team yet to play in 2015 are additional newcomers Long Sutton CC. With a young inexperienced side, they have a tough inaugural season ahead.
Joint winners alongside Louth from 2014, Spalding, opened their 2015 season with a resounding 8-wicket victory over Scunthorpe. With a new captain and coach and having lost some senior players, Spalding will find this season harder than last year and will do well to defend their title.
Even though the season is yet to get into full swing, there is a clear divide beginning to show within the league. There have also been some notable performances. In her first match of the season for Rasen, county U17 captain Becki Brooker opened her account with 56*; and county U15 bowlers Olivia Clark and Sammy-jo Boothright have also already picked up 5 wickets each for Hartsholme.
For full scorecards and stats visit the Lincolnshire Women’s Cricket League play-cricket website.