Ladies travelled from all over the UK - Belfast, Devon, Suffolk, Merseyside and Dyfed-Powys to name but a few.
After the usual initial inhibitions everyone soon settled down and got involved in batting and bowling including the use of a bowling machine which was a first for many.
There was a cross section of abilities on show from beginners, those rejoining the game after several years absence to more regular players. The enthusiasm and energy everyone put in was fantastic during both sessions and it wasn't too long before the banter started.
This was followed by further team bonding which took place in the evening whilst sampling the Nottingham night life.
6-7 of the group have been identified who could represent BPCC almost immediately, but at the same time I hope we have also given enough support, encouragement and advice to others for them to make contact their local County Board to find clubs with Ladies teams close to where they live and sign up to play.
Not only will it be an active social scene it will give them the time to receive more group and 1-1 coaching to allow them to develop as players.
I feel confident they will do this and have offered to help them to achieve their goals plus hearing of their achievements on the playing field.
So with this successful weekend just completed I am currently seeking availability at Trent Bridge to have another weekend which will give the opportunity to those who were unavailable and to any new potential players that contact me.
This is an exciting time for Police Cricket, which I’m sure, will draw a lot of attention and hopefully attract some new Sponsorship.
BPCC relies heavily on sponsorship as this supports Tour weeks and enables the Secretary to provide the highest possible standard of opposition and venues.
I am confident that we’ll be able to get a decent size squad to draw upon and really looking forward to the future of of BPCC Ladies.
Finally - Let’s hope we get the support from all the Forces who will have Ladies representing them for BPCC in future years.
Without the assistance of Time Off for Sport this venture will rely solely on the goodwill and commitment of those individuals selected to use their own precious leave to represent BPCC
Thanks to Richard Blakeley (GM at B3) for sorting out the initial kit requirements for BPCC Ladies whilst in Mick's absence - he was actually on the 8th tee at the time!!
Bats were exactly right for the ladies - 1 Harrow and Series 2
Softs were perfect whilst helmets came in handy
Hopefully do some more business with you moving forwards
BPCC has just take delivery of balls for 2019 courtesy of Tiflex.
24 Windsor Balls for use during Tour Fixtures with 8 donated to use in the 2 semi finals and 2 finals of the National Championships.
This is the 10th year of using Windsor balls for BPCC tour matches and National Finals. Not one has been replaced during 45 and 50 over matches.
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