On the 22nd January, the Women’s Winter Indoor League commenced at Beauchamp College, with 6 teams making up the league; Kibworth, Marko Marvels, Sileby Town , Street Starz, Countesthorpe & Electricity Sports. The aim of the I                                                                                                                                   ndoor league was to give Women/Girls the opportunity to play competitive cricket in a safe environment.

The format:

  • 6 players
  • 6 overs
  • 2 overs per pair
  • Each player bowls 1 over

 

The league lasted 5 weeks, with each team playing each other, twice. The first week saw the league kick off with a bang with 10 sixes, excellent catches and plenty of support. Kibworth and Electricity Sports started the strongest; winning their opening two games. The league was already having an impact on the Women/Girls and the positive feedback had started.

 

The final two weeks quickly crept up on us and the league was coming to its conclusion. Week 4 saw Street Starz and Sileby Town get back to winning ways and the highest score was broken, twice; 87. Kibworth finally lost a game against a very professional Sileby Town but remained top heading into the final week. The final week was finally here and with all to play for it was set to be a fascinating final round of fixtures. The cricket certainly lived up to expectations. Kibworth won their first game which meant they were crowned champions; a fitting team to win the league who showed great skills, passion and spirit of cricket.

As a result, they will be representing Leicestershire and Rutland at the Regional Finals on Saturday 27th April at Loughborough University’s Netball Centre. This now meant that there a hotly contested game  for second place between Sileby Town and Marko Marvels. With Sileby Town winning both their games against Street Starz (despite the catch of the league from Amna Rafiq) it meant all the pressure was on Marko Marvels to win their final game. They used all the nerves in their favour as they smashed 101 to help them beat Countesthorpe and claim second place. The atmosphere was electric as teams cheered each other on, danced to some Bollywood music and ate plenty of pizza. The league was a huge success and managed to engage with more people than expected and we hope that we continue to have a positive impact and inspire the next generation.