WOMEN'S CRICKET HISTORY

 
 


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The information contained in this website is from the archives owned by the Women's Cricket Associates (formerly the Women's Cricket Association 1926-1998)
and is dedicated to the memory of
Mickey Bradley, without whom this record would not have been possible.

The website is still in its infancy and is being added to regularly - so do keep returning to us !


FORMATION OF THE WOMEN'S CRICKET ASSOCIATION

IN THE BEGINNING THERE WAS COLWALL

In the Summer of 1926, a number of friends assembled
in the Village of Colwall near Malvern to amuse
themselves by playing some cricket together.

 
[Colwall]

Miss Cox and Miss Doman sponsored a two/three day tour to Colwall, where the Park Hotel, then owned by Colonel and Mrs. Scott-Bowden, was their headquarters.  So successful was this venture that, when a small body of the players foregathered afterwards at The Park, they were desperately keen that some sort of Association must be started and that a meeting should be called in the Autumn of that year to consider it. Thus the seed for having an official association was sown.

On October 4th, nineteen people met in London to take a far-reaching step, with the support of twenty others who could not be present, but approved and supported the motion formerly put by Miss Doman "that a central association for women’s cricket be formed." It was decided, pro-tem, to call it "The Women’s Cricket Association". The idea having been launched at Colwall, it became the home of the annual Festival known as "Cricket Week", which is still in existence today."

The "Association" then went on to develop women’s cricket in all areas of the game – both on and off the pitch – for the next 73 years. There have been several books published on Women’s Cricket, but this Website is the sole record of the history of "The Association" and aims to provide a comprehensive record of the development of women’s cricket under the auspices of "The Association" and to pay homage to all those "willing horses" who, over the years, gave their full commitment not only to playing the game, but also the unending and unpaid efforts made in its development and administration.

 


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