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The ‘Wee Bash’ is helping the growth of women’s cricket in Scotland

Women’s cricket in Scotland has grown steadily over the last couple of years and that looks set to continue in the coming months with various ‘Wee Bash’ events coming up.

The Wee Bash is the new name for the series of 10 social tournaments which is open to 6-a-side teams from clubs, universities and secondary schools.

The fast, six over soft ball format has proven hugely popular over the past years and as a result Cricket Scotland have extended the programme from six to 10 tournaments at four venues across Scotland from now until next May.

The first event of 2017/18 took place at Hutcheson’s Grammar in Glasgow on Saturday and six teams were in action.

Perhaps most pleasing – certainly for all who are concerned with seeing grassroots sport grow – was the appearance of  the new teams from Clydesdale and Glasgow University.

They have been set-up thanks to hard work by a number of individuals and they joined Carlton, Edinburgh University, Edinburgh South and Stirling County in action.

Wee Bash logo

After the group stages, Carlton and Stirling County made it through to contest the final.

Amazingly the match was tied, but the Edinburgh-based outfit lifted the trophy having lost fewer wickets.

Carlton winners

Cricket Scotland’s female participation manager Nic Wilson said: “We ran six events last year and they had a great response and we were very keen to build on that this time around and get new players involved in the sport.

“We wanted to give the circuit of 10 events a name and the Wee Bash just seemed to fit really well with what we were all about while Scotland cap Lois Wilkinson used her design skills to produce an eye catching logo.

“What was so pleasing is that Clydesdale and Glasgow University, who have been working very hard in recent months to get more girls playing the game, came along at the weekend and had great fun while the Clydesdale side included a mother and daughter and to me that shows that this really is a sport for all.

First Wee Bash event

“In all on the day there were five sets of mothers and daughters playing across the teams while some of the younger girls showed great talent and a real desire to learn.

“It is hoped that as these events go on and momentum grows other teams will show an interest while more individuals will link-up up with their local teams.

“The Wee Bash is very sociable and, as a result, is a great first step to getting into the sport.

“The Scotland team act as great role models while we have staff and volunteers doing a grand job across the country helping to take cricket to people who have not been exposed to it before.”

Wee Bash dates:

Saturday, October 28 2017

Hutcheson’s Grammar, Glasgow

Winners Carlton

Sunday, November 19 2017

David Keswick Centre, Dumfries

11am-2pm

Sunday, November 19 2017

Royal High School, Edinburgh

11am-2pm

Sunday, December 3 2017 

North Inch Community Campus, Perth

11am -4pm

Sunday, January 21 2018 

David Keswick Centre, Dumfries

11am -2pm

Sunday, January 21 2018

Royal High School, Edinburgh

11am-2pm

Sunday, February 11 2018 

John Wright Sports Centre, East Kilbride

2-6pm

Sunday, March 4 2018

North Inch Community Campus, Perth

11am -4pm

Sunday, April 22 2018

MES Sports Centre, Edinburgh

11am -4pm

Saturday, May 12 2018

Venue TBC

Please contact nicolawilson@cricketscotland.com to be added to the Wee Bash mailing list to enter any of the tournaments

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