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Association Clubs Crossflatts CC, Skipton CC and Great Horton Church CC have agreed to set up as our first UAJCA Girls' Hub Clubs.

Girls wanting to play cricket now have the option of the Hub where the intention is to create an all-girls team[s] whilst other clubs will continue to offer places in mixed boys and girls teams.


Crossflatts CC................ Lucy Hall 07966-210840

Skipton CC.................... Ji Mukherjee 07845-416301

Gt Horton Church CC... Taj Butt 07855-460969

So whatever your preference there's a place for girls at all UAJCA Clubs. Your age doesn't matter, as UAJCA seeks to get girls of all ages playing cricket.

Watch this space for further developments.


A growing number of girls have hitherto experienced friendly matches, league matches against boys, representative matches, and festival matches. A veritable smorgasbord of experience for girls ranging from age 9 to 15. Additionally, girls training during the winter along with Ji Mukherjee, Sam Solley, and others has helped many to progress. An ambience for the girls to collectively enjoy the benefits of team and club camaraderie has been created. During the period girls have also continued to play alongside boys for their original clubs, to which they have rightly given precedence. The more skilled girls have been directed towards representative cricket with substantial numbers achieving county or Regional status with financial assistance from North Yorkshire. The UAJCA database currently shows 57 girls registered to play, a record number I believe. But there are Issues.....

In providing this experience one man has acted as manager, coach, umpire, frequently almost unaided in organisational matters. His club, Haworth CC has been extremely supportive in providing their ground for coaching sessions as well as for playing a significant number of matches. The club has readily provided refreshments to support the experience. But there has been no development of a Girls’ committee or coaching group with whom to share the considerable workload. Organisationally, playing girls’ teams against boys’ teams is not such a good idea and trying to gain commitment to girls’ representative matches within an incomplete Pathway, when local club matches are also on offer has proved testing.

In short, the massive energy input has not hitherto rubbed off to club cricketers or parents that might take on managerial and organisational roles to enable further progress. Indeed, we consider that the process of drawing together girls from disparate clubs is a solution that naturally runs out of steam in view of the stunted Pathway. The counter attraction of playing with and against boys for their own clubs, remains the primary attraction in comparison with the current state of girls-only cricket.

The way forward

We believe that the only viable organisational approach is to develop club teams for girls within UAJCA.  As the numbers have almost doubled that prospect might seem a little more attainable. However, to continue this development will need concerted efforts from UAJCA clubs. We cannot dabble with this; it has to be a concerted effort backed by senior club committees. Efforts to recruit and retain girls have got to be more intense and sustained. Clubs must first of all create a Girls Section with at least five adults to lead the development. Naturally, this is a severe challenge for all UAJCA clubs, many of whom currently struggle with boys’ recruitment.

Once the organisational conundrum is solved and club Girls’ Sections are established, the recruitment needs to be co-ordinated with help from ECB-YCB.  They will not help if clubs are not properly set up to tackle the project seriously. This has first of all to be debated and actively supported by UAJCA clubs and if UAJCA can provide incentives for progress it will of course do so. Financial input must initially come from clubs and parents with the option of dedicated sponsors also a possibility. This will not happen overnight but if UAJCA clubs do really wish to have a Girls [and possibly Women’s] Section, a serious effort must be taken. The Next Steps...

The November UAJCA Clubs meeting included a healthy discussion on the proposed strategy and agreed to seek clubs to begin the process of Hub Clubs. The proposal was supported by the members at the Annul General meeting on 28th January, and three clubs expressed their desire to start the process. They are Skipton CC, Crossflatts CC and Great Horton Church CC.  Furthermore, two other clubs expressed tentative interest in becoming Hub Clubs.

The principal requirement in 2021 is to develop the Women & Girls Committees [WGCs] at the initial Hub Clubs. Once established the process of recruitment can be developed and implemented.

See also the guideline Template from Tunbridge Wells CC featured on the Website Menu.


UAJCA is again grateful for the support and input from Mark Jobling and the NYWGCA in assisting with funding for our second Winter Training Course for girls of all ages.

Last winter's successful course [above] provided excellent development for over 20 girls, led by Ji Mukherjee [Skipton] and Sam Solley [Sutton] with help from Neil Bishop [Haworth]. So UAJCA is planning a similar event for 2020 commencing Sunday 12th January 3:30pm-5:00pm for 10 weeks. The cost is estimated to be £60 for the 10 weeks [ie 15 hours coaching]. More details will follow soon.

Invitations will be sent to the parents of all girls on the UAJCA database but will be open to any new girls who wish to get involved. 

The provision of regular competition cricket in 2020 is also currently under consideration and UAJCA is hopeful that we can again extend that provision beyond this year's u-11 single team entry.

If you require more information please contact Neil Bishop [07771-756486] or the Secretary Terry Thompson [07868-288758].


Building further on success of Ella Throupe [see below] in selection for the u-13 West Yorkshire District Team, the West Warriors, four u-11 girls have been selected for West District teams. They are: Sahdia Umar & Imaan Zharah [both ex-Riddlesden], Louisa Hutchinson [Steeton] and Lauren Hunter [Oakworth]. Freya Craddock [Earby] is recommended for u-13 county observation. Sandylands trainee Emily Hall has been selected for the North Yorkshire squad. In addition Hema Bhatoa [Oxenhope] was observed for County and has been recommended for training with Lancashire at Old Trafford, as the Yorkshire squad is so strong.  And to complete the good news, Evie Brook [Thornton] is offered a place in the inter-District team the West Wolves.

Congratulations girls, after just one season in the system!!


UAJCA's second Girls Festival is to be held on Sunday 11th August. Our hosts in 2019 will be league newcomers Harden Cricket Club. Work is now going ahead on the format, timings and invitations, etc.... so watch this space....


Oakworth' Ella Throupe has been selected for the West Yorkshire Regional Girls Squad.

Fantastic news for Ella and fantastic reward for everyone's efforts in UAJCA Girls cricket.  #GogetemElla


Girls team manager Neil Bishop reports a terrific turn out of UAJCA girls at the NYWGCA coaching course at Sandylands Centre. Still places if you're hovering!


First of all very many thanks to all parents and girls that turned out last night in awful weather at Sutton-in-Craven CC for the briefing on Girls Cricket in 2019. UAJCA is delighted at the response and is enthused about the chances of success for the initiative. We are of course grateful for the support and input from Mark Jobling and the NYWGCA in establishing their second centre at Skipton.


The principal requirement now is for girls to book a place [max 32] on the winter coaching course by phoning or emailing Mark. The course commences 27th January at Sandylands Sports Centre, Skipton for 10 weeks: January 27, February 3, 10, 17, March 3, 10, 17, 31, April 7, 14. Time: 3:30pm – 5:00pm


The second element of League Cricket for Girls will of course unfold in the 2019 season and Manager Neil will be in touch with all of you with the fixtures as soon as they are to hand [likely mid-March]. The option for the girls to play regularly together on Friday evenings at Haworth CC and at other grounds on other days, will significantly expand the volume of the girls' cricket and their development should rocket forwards. I reiterate the intention that Girls will still be able to play in their boys club and where on occasion fixtures clash, the choice of which team to play for, rests entirely with the girls and their parents.


If you require more information please contact Mark Jobling [NY Community Coach][07889-168721] or via


The Girls award this year was joined by a new award of Young Girl Cricketer of the Year to recognise the growing numbers of under-9 girls as well as under-13s.

Hema Bhatoa [Oxenhope] just pipped 3-time winner Lily Bell for the older award whilst the first winner of the young girl award went to Ava Craddock [Earby] thanks to her amazing bowling haul of 18 wickets.


In addition the following awards were also presented:


Festival Best Player Hema Bhatoa
Festival Young Player
Jessica Clemson-Banks
Under 9B Batting
Freya Craddock
Under 9B Bowling
Freya Craddock





Whatever the outcome, manager-coach Neil Bishop couldn't lose as his Girls team took on his new Haworth team! Despite some wet weather the match finished with a comfortable win for the Girls over the young lads. A decent crowd watched the match between the two new sides and thanks must go to Haworth CC for staging the match and providing refreshments. The smile on the face of 6 year-old Betsy Caton's face after she took 2 wickets was priceless!! #getgirlsgoing


Twenty-One young ladies turned out at a sunny if cool Skipton CC for a first ever Girls Festival in Upper Airedale. It was a great result as the girls played out 3 matches in 3 teams: The Dallas, The Diamonds and the New Yorkers.

10 under-13s and 11 under-9s thoroughly enjoyed their cricket experiences playing with each other rather than battling with boys. Some had not played at all before. The team competition was won by the New Yorkers with the Silver Medals going to the Diamonds with the Dallas team taking Bronze. The managers determined that the u-13 girl of the Festival was Hema Bhatoa and the under-9 award should go to Jessica Clemson-Banks. Both girls will be invited to the UAJCA Presentation Night on Friday 14th September in the prestigious Malham Suite at the Rendezvous Hotel [7:30pm].

The parents were very supportive and showed enthusiasm to the experiment further and build on Neil Bishop's efforts thus far in developing girls team cricket. UAJCA Executive will now plan for a next phase of development during 2019.


Sunday 16th September at Spofforth CC is the place to have been to see Upper Airedale under-12s Girls A and B teams in action against Alne, Harrogate, Yapham and Acomb. The 'B' team came 3rd of 6 teams, with the 'A' team tucked behind in 4th. Yet more learning. Squad:

Lauren Hunter, Grace Hunter, Phoebe Raby, Sophie Colley, Rosa Birks, Jessica Clemson Banks, Georgia McGowan, Sophie Barrett, Louisa Hutchinson, Evie Brook, Tilli Harrison, Elspeth Protheroe, Emily Hall