KNYSNA CRICKET NEWS - Knysna Cavaliers Cricket Club held its first demo net session for women on Saturday 31 August at the Knysna Sport Academy (KSA) with a number of women showing up to learn the tricks of the trade.
For the 2019/20 SWD Cricket Premier League season, a number of Cricket SA (CSA) requirements have been put in place for the premier league clubs to implement.
One such demand is that each club must have a women's cricket team, as SWD will be looking to roll out a women's league this season.
Knysna Cavaliers took the first step towards attaining a women's side through a demonstration net session last weekend, with about 10 women pitching up to take their first steps towards learning the game of cricket. The women would be coached under the watchful eye of Knysna cricket veteran Keith Cretchley, former Mpumalanga women's player Nadia Nel, as well as a few players from the Cavaliers' men's team.
The session got under way with a quick warm-up session to get muscles loose again, and then moved into the nets at the academy to learn the basics of batting and bowling. The women who started the session were soon joined by one or two extra who had attended the cricket-scoring course, which was also held at KSA and organised by Cavaliers and Sport at Backward Point (SABP).
A lot of promise was shown throughout the session, and those in charge of the women's cricket at Cavaliers are looking forward to this weekend when the women will have a chance to have a go out on the field at SABP's fields in Rheenendal, playing against each other to give them a taste of what a match could be like.
There will also be men's cricket rewriting the history books at SABP, as on Thursday and Friday 5 and 6 September SWD cricket matches will be played in the Knysna area for the first time in decades. SWD will be taking on Eastern Province on Thursday and Friday, and on Saturday they will be locking horns with Cavaliers' first team, while Cavaliers' second team will be playing against the Knysna Villagers.
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