Burgess Hill hosts successful first women's softball festival

Burgess Hill Cricket Club were proud to host their first women’s softball festival in St Johns Park on Saturday.

Friday, 11th June 2021, 1:09 pm
Burgess Hill Cricket Club were proud to host their first women’s softball festival in St Johns Park on Saturday. Pictures courtesy of Matt Charman

This formed part of the Sussex Cricket Foundation’s drive to encourage more women of all ages and abilities to play cricket.

Over 40 women from all over Sussex signed up to play in the tournament which is the largest of the summer so far, for an afternoon of sport, music and fun.

Ridgeview Wine, a proud supporter of the cricket club sponsored the event and each participant enjoyed a glass (or two) of their award-winning wine.

Over 40 women from all over Sussex signed up to play in the tournament at Burgess Hill

In addition the players and supporters were able to enjoy a burger cooked on the barbecue with meat provided by KJ Thorne Butchers.

The day went incredibly well with the sun shining and plenty of laughs and some brilliant cricket on display across the two pitches set up in St John’s Park.

Many of those who signed up were also new to the sport and loved the welcoming and relaxed festival of cricket.

BHCC would like to thanks everyone who played, supported and helped on the day with the festival and a special thanks to all the young leaders who ran the matches superbly.

The festival was held at Burgess Hills picturesque St Johns Park ground

BHCC are delighted to see the progress being made within the Women and Girls section at the club with over 100 W&G now playing cricket at the club.

Sarah Plimmer and Jo George set up the newest team, the BHCC Women’s softball squad at the start of the season and the response has been incredible with nearly 40 women signing up with the majority having never played the game before.

With the full support of the club, training sessions have been really well attended and coaches from across the club have been working to help the squad improve their skills.

After the event Jo said: “It was incredible to see so many women enjoying cricket across the park.

“Feedback from participants was so positive and we have had a few new ladies wanting to join our squad, which is just amazing!

“It really is fabulous to be part of the BHCC family we are building in our town.”

For anyone looking to join the Women and Girls section at BHCC, please email the club at [email protected].