Twilight competition for women

THE format for the inaugural Manning women's twilight cricket competition will be determined at a come and try day this afternoon at Taree Recreation Centre.

This will start at 5.30.

If all goes to plan the competition will start on Wednesday January 29 and run for six to eight weeks, depending on the response.

Co-ordinator, Karen Grant, from Hallidays Point, is confident at least six teams will contest the competition.

"I've been getting a few calls in the past couple of weeks and we should have about 30 people there on Wednesday,'' she said.

Teams will be of seven or eight players and matches will be run in a similar way to the men's twilight competition that is played on Tuesday afternoons. The women's competition will come under the umbrella of the Manning Cricket Association. Matches will run for about 90 minutes.

At this stage it is planned to play all matches at Taree Recreation Centre.

Karen pointed out there's a sprinkling of women playing in the Manning senior competitions.

She turns out for Hallidays Point third grade, while Maitlan Brown is a member of United's first grade team.

There's an even stronger representation in the junior grades.

Karen's been playing cricket in either men's or women's competitions for the past 20 years. She joined the Hallidays Point side because of the lack of a women's competition in the Manning.

"It would be a great opportunity for the Manning region to see a women's cricket season start,'' Karen said

" I have seen the interest levels rise for women's cricket to start in the Manning region during the past few months.

"With the support of the Manning River District Cricket Association and others, the women's season has begun to take life. All that remains now is for the on-field support by locals.''

Karen concedes starting a cricket competition in late January isn't ideal.

"We were a bit late getting things organised for a couple of reasons,'' she added, without elaborating.

Karen said whether to start the 2014/15 season at the same time will be determined at the completion of the inaugural competition.

"It will depend on what the players want,'' she said.

Meanwhile Manning Cricket's first and second grade competitions will start two day fixtures from this Saturday.

The one day season wound up last weekend, with Old Bar taking out the first grade final against United while Wingham accounted for Great Lakes in second grade. 

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