After a number of years of playing friendly games, Abbots Langley women’s team made the decision to enter the Four Counties women’s cricket league and they did very well in their first season, finishing third and winning three of the team’s six games.
The most exciting game was the one-run victory over North London where Milly Dyer hit an excellent 88 in the side’s total of 163 for 4. The game went down to the last ball and with four runs needed to win, the North London batters only managed to scramble two runs.
The team’s most impressive win was by 10 wickets over Flitwick with Keya Patel taking three wickets for six runs off her six overs and Elizabeth Ruxton and Mia Hobson managing to chase down the runs without losing a wicket.
The season started with a taster session from Hertfordshire Cricket in partnership with This Girl Can, run by Sam Rose, Hertfordshire women’s captain Amy Price and Leah Keefe which aided with recruitment of players. Hopefully this will be repeated next season.
Abbots Langley Women’s team coach Phil Lewins continued the good work of many seasons by introducing training on Monday evenings at the club to go with the winter net sessions.
The club also runs three girls’ teams at different age groups and have had several girls representing the county at various age groups including the Hertfordshire women’s side. The club cater for girls/women from six to 55 with softball procesco cricket planned for 2018.
The women’s and girls’ teams play several friendlies for those who do not fancy league games. Coaching is provided by a number of qualified ECB level 2 coaches for women and girls of all abilities.