Complete revamp is in the pipeline for KZN Inland women’s cricket

2009-11-26 00:00

KZN INLAND women’s cricket is undergoing a revamp, according to the KZN Inland Cricket Union.

The union said the development proposal is not in reaction to a recent Witness report expressing concerns that the union appears to be paying lip service to the women’s game.

“The planning for the development of women’s cricket in the province had been in process before that article appeared,” said a KZNICU spokesperson.

The Witness has received letters from an Inland women’s player, who prefers to remain anonymous, in which she has expressed the same concern: that the KZNICU is not giving the women’s game in the province the attention it deserves.

In this regard, the union told The Witness the issues have been dealt with in mutual agreement with the team and, again, the development proposal was in the pipeline well before the player contacted the newspaper.

As far as women’s and girls’ cricket goes, the union has identified six key areas for attention.

The lack of playing opportunities for the provincial women’s team, which was only playing provincial cricket; some newcomers to the team lack basic skills; the absence of a club structure; no schools’ league, “though some schools in the northern suburbs inform us that, until recently, there has been some coaching and match activity”; the largest sub-union [Maritzburg] appears to lag far behind other smaller ones in terms of numbers of players in the U13 and U19 age groups; and “there exists a wide gulf in playing standards between the affiliate and associate provinces”, according to Inland women’s coach Paul Atkins.

One short-term solution sees Inland playing friendlies against top Durban clubs.

There is also a need to “bridge the wide divide in ability levels within the Inland team”, said a union spokesperson.

To this end, one-on-one coaching for assisting locally based squad members, and the fast-tracking of newer players has been set up.

“At a meeting with schools’ representatives, the need for serious basic work at school level was emphasised and the union briefly outlined a pilot initiative used successfully in England to get schools enthused and to hopefully get prospective players to come forward.”

Some of the pilot programme’s primary aims are to fast-track the establishment of a club structure and to encourage senior girls to enter cricket. There is an initial target of 10 strategically chosen senior schools where Atkins and his co-coaches will deliver a fun-filled programme.

Ultimately the union believes “clubs will need to come to the party and their support will be invaluable in sustaining and growing a future Inland women’s league”.

Meanwhile, Inland beat North West by a nailbiting one wicket in Potchefstroom over the weekend, in-form captain Cherri Cannon starring with bat and ball.

North West scored 139 all out in 37,1 overs. Pippa Payne took two for 21 and Cannon three for 25.

Inland reached the 140 target in the 39th over, Cannon top-scoring, although the real excitement occurred when Gugu Ngcobo and Yuvi Nirghen put on a last-wicket stand of 19 to win.

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