Girls’ Cricket Hits a Six at RGS
Friday 26 January marked a significant milestone for Girls’ Cricket at RGS, as the inaugural Senior Girls Training started in Tom Savage Hall. Sixteen enthusiastic girls experienced Cricket-specific strength and conditioning exercises, honed their batting skills, and learned all about line and length bowling.
Each week, the girls are tasked with specific goals and targets, creating ownership over their development, all under the guidance of Mr Benham and Ms Fawcett.
Fast forward to Wednesday 31 January, when the Under 13 Girls played in the national Lady Taverners Indoor Cricket Tournament at Worcester University. Thirty girls initially participated in a rigorous training session, from which a squad of ten was selected.
The RGS team displayed exceptional prowess throughout the group stage, triumphing in all their matches. Noteworthy performances included displays by Evie, Elsa, Mia, and Grace, complemented by an impressive bowling display by Elsa, Naomi, Immy, Grace, Mia, and Katie, who collectively took 16 wickets across three matches.
Cricket Professional, Mr Tom Benham commented: “Witnessing such remarkable growth and depth in our talented girls during their tournament debut was immensely gratifying”.
Mr Benham and his team of coaches has achieved solid foundations for future growth and advancement in Girls’ Cricket in a relatively short time at RGS. Since September, girls from all Year Groups have been actively participating in morning and lunchtime sessions, supplemented by personalised 1:1 coaching for Sixth Form students. Already, the impact of winter training where specific skills are learnt, developed and repeated, is being seen in preparation for the Cricket season next term.
As the RGS Cricket programme continues to expand, so do the opportunities it affords. This year, we have entered into The Hundred Under 15 and Under 18 national competitions, alongside participating in County Age Group Cups, and Lady Taverners Indoor events for Under 13 and Under 15 teams.
The possibilities are endless, but one thing is certain: RGS Girls’ Cricket is on an upward trajectory, and perhaps, one day, we will proudly witness the emergence of a female England Cricketer from RGS.