Pitch for Midland-Guildford’s female cricketers

The numbers of girls playing cricket has risen significantly.
The numbers of girls playing cricket has risen significantly.

THE Midland-Guildford Cricket Club could receive up to $10,000 in funding over the next two years to promote the women’s league.

Cricket Australia announced the $4 million investment for clubs, secondary schools and associations last week.

The region has been a leader in the growth of female cricket and would be boosted even more with Cricket Australia’s Growing Cricket For Girls Fund.

The Women’s Big Bash League is a driver behind the growth of female participation, which increased by about 20 per cent in 2015-16.

Through the Growing Cricket for Girls Fund, clubs and secondary schools would have access to $2000 of funding annually, while associations could receive $10,000 over two years.

Midland-Guildford has been taking great steps in promoting girls cricket and the holistic cricket pathway, aligning with the Scorchers.

Cricket Australia chief executive James Sutherland said the growing number of women involved in the sport was pleasing.

“Girls and women are playing cricket in record numbers,” he said.

“Participation growth last summer was fuelled by the incredibly successful launch of the Women’s Big Bash League.”

The investment would have a significant impact on the Perth Scorchers Girls League, which has Under-13, Under-15 and Under-18 divisions. There are 28 teams across the three divisions, playing in various formats. A year ago, there were no Under-13s teams, but last season there was six.

Applications for funding close Sunday, August 7.