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Club welcomes new players ahead of game

The Topcroft women's cricket team with the German All Stars when they played together two years ago.

The Topcroft women's cricket team with the German All Stars when they played together two years ago.

Archant Norfolk © 2014

Some of Germany's finest female cricketers will be travelling to Topcroft for the third year running.

Polly Monroe and Cissie Waters, two of four girls who play at Topcroft Cricket Club.Polly Monroe and Cissie Waters, two of four girls who play at Topcroft Cricket Club.

And the Topcroft’s ladies cricket team are hoping to make the visit even more special by encouraging new players to join and spectators to show their support.

The club will be hosting the friendly game with German Ladies Cologne International Cricket Club next Friday, 
June 24.

Topcroft ladies started playing competitively in the league two years ago wearing the boys’ under-17s kit, but with the help of Bungay Lions last year they received sponsorship for their own kit.

And now the hope is to encourage more ladies to join the team, as well as attracting girls to take up the sport.

The team train on Friday evenings, and on Monday evenings the Topcroft field is filled with youngsters from ages five to 13. However at present, only four girls attend and play mixed cricket with the boys. Kate Thompson, one of the coaches, is hoping to form an all-girls team to play in a girls league.

Cissie Waters, aged 12, said: “I’ve been playing cricket with Topcroft for three years now and I really enjoy it.

“I would love for more girls to join and for there to be a girls only team. It’s OK playing with the boys but I would love for more girls to get involved. It’s a great summer sport, it’s really friendly and we have a lot of fun.”

The ladies match will start at 6pm at Topcroft Playing Field and there will also be a bar and barbecue.

Lisa Waters, part of Topcroft Ladies Cricket Team, said: “The German game will be an ideal opportunity for all to come along, enjoy the ladies game, and have a fun taster session with some of our players and coaches.”

To find out about joining email katethompson45@gmail.com

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