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Long Sutton Cricket Club hoping to encourage more women to take up the sport with soft ball cricket festival

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A cricket club is hoping to encourage more women to pick up cricket by holding a ladies-only soft ball cricket festival.

Long Sutton Cricket Club is hosting the Women’s Soft Ball Cricket Festival, which is a free event for all women from ages 10 and above.

The event is part of an initiative to try to encourage more women and girls to take part in local sports.

Long Sutton Cricket Club annual six-a-side day.Green Army v Coaches. (47990841)
Long Sutton Cricket Club annual six-a-side day.Green Army v Coaches. (47990841)

It is taking place at on August 1 from 11am until 3pm.

Coach Andy Crisp said: “We are holding this event in order to get more ladies involved in cricket.

“We hope that it will get more women interested in the sport and see as many people as possible engaging in the festival.”

With a shortage of women in cricket, this event is one of several organised by Lincolnshire County Cricket Club.

Softer balls will be used than those in standard cricket, and teams of six at a time will be used on the field rather than eight.

Participants also require no prior knowledge of cricket, and can be any fitness level to be able to participate.

Volunteers will be umpiring the matches and coaching during the festival.

This is an opportunity for families from all generations to join together, play cricket and socialise.

Andy is keen “to get more ladies involved” in cricket and sport in general, and hopes that this is a good opportunity to do so.

You can register in a team of eight, or on your own if you need playing partners.

If you are interested and want to book a place, you can visit the website at booking.ecb.co.uk/d/sjqhgd to register.

Deadline for entry is July 30.

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