Local cricket officials are not taking women’s cricket seriously enough

2009-11-05 00:00

YOU would think the result of a provincial cricket match, especially a KZN derby between Inland and Coastal, would get at least a mention by the respective unions.

However, the not inconsiderable efforts The Witness has made to find out what happened in last Saturday’s women’s provincial match in Durban has drawn a blank all round.

There was no response to an e-mail to the Inland union’s official tasked with providing the results — needless to say not just for men’s cricket — while a number of attempts to contact the women’s provincial coach by telephone have proved fruitless.

And further afield it gets even more desperate. The KZN Dolphins website has absolutely nothing in terms of a result. The official SA cricket website doesn’t even have KZN Inland men’s matches (SAA Challenge tournaments) on it, never mind SA women’s provincial games.

Despite the general hullabaloo of the unions – including the national union — about women cricketers getting a chance to showcase their talents, it seems nobody really cares much about giving the media anything like the detail they provide on the men’s game.

The women’s game is not being treated fairly by those tasked with doing so.

Meanwhile, The Crickets Cricket Club embark on their Johannesburg tour with matches against the Warthogs and the Oppenheimer X.

“The Crickets, based at Kloof Country Club on a ground granted by the Luther Field Trust in 1947, have a squad of regular players interspersed with many familiar names of KZN cricket from years gone by,” said vice-captain Iain Lambert.

And they won’t have it easy, with the likes of former SA quick bowlers Richard Snell and David Terbrugge “steaming in” for the opposition.

Crickets: Richard McGlashan (capt), Greg George, Sven Koenig, Wade Wingfield, Udo Goedeke, Robbie McQueen, Wayne Scott, Shane Wilkinson, Stuart MacKenzie, Mark Schulze, Iain Lambert, David Lambert, Frank Goedeke, Marc Köhne, Andrew Munell.

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