SWAGs hit rivals for six at Prosecco cricket festival

FOOTBALL has its WAGs but when it comes to Prosecco cricket in Shaw, it’s all about the SWAGs.

Or at least it is in 2019 as Shaw Wives and Girlfriends won the third annual soft ball tournament designed to put fun and fizz into the sport.

Eight sides competed at the Mark Lane ground including three representing host club Shaw CC.

“The festivals are about highlighting the accessibility to ladies’ amateur cricket,” said co-organiser Jane Pilling, a member of runners-up Shaw Ladies and Girlfriends!

“Many young girls and children join in on the day giving them confidence to consider playing in the league.”

In soft ball cricket, there are no pads, no hard ball, no heavy bat, no head-scratching rules.

Shaw staged its first festival in 2017 and proceeds from the day go towards club funds.

Last year’s winners progressed to the regional finals held in Liverpool where they finished runners-up.

Other clubs represented in 2019 included: Moorside, Heyside, Glodwick plus Alan’s Angels from St Mary’s Church, High Crompton.

Each side comprises six players contesting 12-over games. Each player bowls one over but players bat in pairs for two overs.

Teams begin with 200 points, add points for scoring runs but deducted five for every wicket lost.
Heyside Cricket Club is hosting another Prosecco Festival in July.

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