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by Cricket World Friday 1 November 2019
Gemma Porter was selected as one of the five winners to be recognised for their ‘100’ in 2019, scoring 100 not out against Fernhurst CC and becoming the first female to score a hundred in the I’Anson League.
Martin Green Alton CC Lady’s Coach and Captain of 4th XI commented:
“Alton has always tried to include ladies / girls in their teams where appropriate. As a club we are blessed with a number of county standard girls across the age groups and we are very proud of them all! Gemma is one of four Alton girls who represent Hampshire at the U17 age group, she also plays in the Young Vipers team – we also have girls in the county set up at U15 and U13 age groups. Over the past three seasons Gemma has regularly played in Alton’s 4th XI in the I’Anson League, often opening the batting. The I’Anson have always encouraged ladies to play open cricket and are hoping to start a lady’s league next season on Sundays. Gemma has been a colt at the club since the age of 7 and is someone who works very hard at her game, always looking to learn and improve from those around her. She has previously scored half centuries for the men’s team, so a century was always going to happen, it was just a matter of time, opportunity and application. Fernhurst were the unlucky team that weekend, although we are sure there will be many more to come.”
Alastair Symondson, pictured above with Gemma Porter commented: “ We are delighted to be running these Awards with our sponsors’ Rigby Taylor, the UK's leading supplier of products for the construction, maintenance and improvement of sports, amenity and landscape areas.
When we launched the Awards, earlier in the year, we wanted to recognise the special moments with the bat and it was an outstanding achievement by Gemma; but we also wanted to recognise, in some small way, the hardwork that groundcare individuals do in preparing the surfaces that they play on as well.”
Others pictured with Gemma and Alastair : Alistair Hayes (South Region Director Rigby Taylor), Richard Myers (Cricket Director), Julian Ballinger (Chairman), Martin Whapshott (Council Groundsman), Martin Green (4th XI Captain)
Five players were selected to win a brand new GM Cricket Bat and a £350 Grass Seed/Fertlizer (Cricket Ground Renovation) Vouchers for their club – watch out for the other Award winning presentations being made around the country.
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