Women’s cricket competitions 2024

With the 2024 Season approaching fast, Somerset Cricket Foundation have been organising a variety of inclusive playing opportunities and events for Women and Girls Cricket. Below is a brief description of what we have to offer for 2024, with more to come! All league rules can be found on Play Cricket.

If you are interested in starting a Womens Section at your club, or you are looking to join a local club to start your cricketing journey. Please contact amber.casely@Somersetcricketfoundation.org.

This is an 11 aside opportunity for Women and girls to play a hardball format. This T20 format is a stepping stone before progressing into WEPL or 35 over cricket. There are 11 teams entered for 2024, which has progressed from 8 the previous year.

This is new for 2024. This league allows for hardball to be played, in a less intense way. This league is ‘friendly’ fixtures, whilst getting the feel for the game, bridging the gap from Softball T20 to the Blitz league.

With huge success with the launch of HIGOS 100, this is returning in 2024. The Hundred saw Women and girls come together from across the county to form 3 teams- Somerset Scorchers, Somerset Sixers, and Somerset Strikers. This was great way to integrate Women, whilst providing the opportunity to play a new format of the game, playing across 3 Bank holiday Mondays with the top two playing the final at County Coopers Associates Ground.

This year we have the Wilson, Wraith and Luff Divisions, these divisions are 8 aside. This is a step up from the Pairs format, whilst playing traditional T20 Cricket Rules with a few adaptations to the game. The top 3 will be involved in a final’s day, ground TBC. This is the most popular option that Somerset Cricket Foundation offer, with 24 Clubs entered for 2024.

There are two divisions playing the pairs format in 2024, the Gibson and Filer Divisions. This format is a great way to Introduce Women’s Cricket to your club. The Clubs that play in these divisions understand the fun, friendly competitive side of Cricket. The game is played with a softer ball (hard foam centre), so it means no pads, helmets etc are required! The rules are very simple and designed to get every team member involved! In your team of eight, each pair bat for four overs (12 balls) and if you’re given out the bowling team get given 5 runs, but you remain in! Ideally each player in your team will bowl.

The Women’s West of England Premier League (WEPL) has become the ‘top tier’ of Women’s Club Cricket in the region. In line with the current Saturday league already taking place across region.Nine clubs from across Gloucestershire, Somerset and Wiltshire have agreed to merge with WEPL to form only the second Women’s Premier cricket league in the country, having closely watched the success of the East Anglia Premier Cricket league (EAPL) and their support of a Women’s structure within a premier league. The 40-over league, featuring the use of pink balls and coloured clothing, is being established as a direct result of the tremendous growth in the number of girls and women playing cricket across the region. Matches will be played on eight allocated Sundays that do not clash with any fixtures being played by Western Storm, the regional representative squad which currently bridges the gap between county and international cricket.

NEW for 2024. The Somerset Cricket Foundation are delighted to announce Women Softball Festivals this summer in partnership with award-winning insurance broker, Higos Insurance. These festivals will host 5-6 different Womens teams across four venues, with new Higos sponsored kit, playing a shortened format of the game.  More details to follow.

These are played in a knockout format, these competitions are optional and registration will be announced in the New year. These competitions are T16 or T20 and the 8-11 aside teams have a cut off play date for their fixture. These competitions will follow the Softball T20 rules and there will be a finals day for the two competitions

This is a 6 aside indoor format, with 5 leagues across the county. These are played preseason and over the winter, by facilitating these leagues, it allows Women to have the opportunity to keep playing, whilst playing a different format of cricket. This is a fun, fast paced take on the game.

HARDBALL LEAGUES

T20 Blitz

Taunton Deane CC
Midsomer Norton CC
Lodway CC
Claverham CC
Wembdon CC
Chard CC
Weston Super Mare CC
Buckhorn Weston CC
Bridgwater CC
Bedminster CC
Lansdown CC

Hardball Development

Long Sutton CC
Ilton CC
Chard CC Development
Taunton CC Development

SOFTBALL LEAGUES

T20 Wilson Division

Clevedon CC
Bedminster CC
Claverham CC
Congresbury CC
Knowle CC
Whitchurch CC

T20 WRAITH DIVISON

Wellington CC
Wiveliscombe CC
Chard CC Development
North Newton CC
Wombats CC
Wembdon CC
Taunton CC
Huntspill and District CC

T20 HOLLAND DIVISON

Buckhorn Weston CC
Frome CC
Ilton CC
Street CC
Long Sutton CC
North Perrot CC
Chard CC

PAIRS GIBSON DIVISION

Ilminster CC
Shapwick and Polden CC
Broadway & Horton CC
Kilve CC
Taunton Deane CC
North Petherton CC
West Coker & Hardington CC
Allerton CC
Trull CC
Mark CC

PAIRS FILER DIVISION

Portishead CC
Keynsham CC
Lympsham & Belvedere CC
Wells & Horrington CC
Backwell Flax Bourton CC
Churchill CC
Weston-super-Mare CC
Midsomer Norton CC
Uphill Castle CC
Winscombe CC
Chew Valley CC

Countdown Indoor Festivals 2023

6-aside indoor cricket

Somerset Cricket Foundation will host Women’s Countdown Cricket Festival and 6-aside indoor cricket format for Women’s cricket teams across Somerset. The competition provides each team with an opportunity to practice, refine and challenge their skills in a friendly and sociable environment. The festivals are a great opportunity for both new players and existing players.

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