There was a time when I watched every ball, followed one over after another when a cricket match was being telecast. Only, this intent viewing was not in the name of interest in the game but as a ploy to avoid doing school work!
Today, when my son watches every ball and follows every over right till the winning team achieves its targeted runs it is for his intense love of the game. I know so because he does it all the time, study or play time.
As for my husband, I am of the firm conviction that he most certainly began to follow the darned game even before he could take his first toddling step!
So the question that constantly haunts me is; is it just me in particular with what passes for a vague interest in cricket or women in general? But no, it cannot be women in general as facts point clearly to the contrary and it goes way back to the 1700s. Right from the time women’s cricket saw the light of day they proved that they did as well with their batting gloves on the pitch as they did with their pots and frying pans in their kitchens.
What I dug up in my quest for this answer I line up below; simultaneously I persuaded my cricket crazy husband to line up his research on the same points. So here they are – our respective facts of significance on women’s cricket, H for Husband and M for me.
H– According to records, a women’s cricket match between Bramley and Hambledon, villages near Guildford in Surrey, was played in the month of July 1745. The Hambledon team won scoring 127 as against the 119 by Bramley.
M– The team members of Bramley and Hambledon were called maids and they all wore uniforms in white color. The only distinguishing part of their apparel was the color of their ribbons, Bramley maids wore blue ribbons and Hambledon maids wore red.
Prizes and betting
H– A women’s cricket match between Surrey and Hampshire, played in 1811 had noblemen endorsing the match with an amount of thousand guineas with barrels of ale and pairs of lace gloves as prizes.
M– Women’s cricket matches held in villages of Surrey and Hampshire had single women playing against their married equivalents. Heavy betting by male audiences was a dominant attraction in the matches.
A pioneering step in cricket’s bowling action
H– With the standard underarm bowling ruling the roost since the inception of cricket, Tom Walker created history when he devised the round arm bowling.
M-The action of round arm bowling was initiated by Christina Willes to counter the problem of getting her skirts entangled while bowling!
First Women’s cricket club and team
H– The first women’s cricket club was formed in 1887 and was called White Heather Club. The team by name of ‘Original English Lady Cricketers’ played in exhibition matches on a tour of England.
M– Called White Heather Club, the first women’s cricket club was formed in 1887 and a women’s cricket team played in exhibition matches touring England with their manager. The crowds were large and the team greatly successful and prosperous. But the team manager absconded with the profits thus causing the team to dissolve.
I hate to conclude; in fact it’s not possible to. So the report will continue with more interesting facts. Facts are always present but when it’s to do with women it has to be interesting!