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The summer of 2017 promises to be an exciting one for Women’s cricket with the Women’s World Cup and Kia Super League providing plenty of opportunities for young female cricketers and fans to be inspired by county and international stars.

In the build up to the summer, more than 20 girls took part in the ‘Lightning Festival’. The event, held at Rushey Mead Academy in Leicester City, continued the successful partnership between the LCCC Community Team and Loughborough Lightning which saw the first girls only league in Leicestershire, the Lightning League, come to fruition last summer.

Girls from Bowden CC, Houghton & Thurnby CC, Sileby Town CC and Kibworth CC took part in some fun skill
stations in the morning and quickly got into practicing hitting big sixes, whacking bouncers, taking impressive diving catches, and knocking the stumps over with their bowling and throwing. You can see these skills on show on our Instagram page.

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The girls then put these skills to the test in a round of indoor games in the afternoon. It was fantastic to see some
brilliant batting, bowling and fielding from all the girls present, who were all of different ages and cricketing experiences.

Leicestershire will be hosting 7 world cup group matches at the Fischer County Ground starting with the first game on Sunday 25th June and will see the Kia Super League return to Loughborough on Friday 18th August.