The summer of 2019 saw the most thrilling Cricket World Cup final and a nail-biting Ashes series. Over the past year Reading University Cricket Club (RUCC) has produced a multitude of successes on and off the pitch, from winning RUSU’s silver Accreditation award, the 1st XI men’s team winning promotion to South East Division 1B1XL and the achievement of increasing female participation. With a successful summer of Cricket having occurred RUCC could be set to see more people interested in trying out the sport.
Within RUCC there have been mixed abilities of female participants, while some were experienced there is a large percentage that have never played before. The growth in female participation meant that women were given the chance to compete in softball tournaments as well as host one of our own at Sportspark. While funds were only available up until Christmas for the women, we managed to complete a fundraising task which enabled us to continue to play, increase the recruitment of team members and allowed us to continue training sessions so we could learn and improve on our technique.
Throughout the year RUCC Women’s team showed skilled performance and strong team cohesion while winning their friendlies against Southampton, Surrey, Thame and Binfield CC, with summer term including hardball games. The success of developing a female team has led to the opportunity to compete in the BUCS league and also the creation of two permanent female-specific committee roles, Women’s Captain and Female Welfare. These two roles are set to ensure that the entire club, especially the women, continue to grow and develop whilst devoting time seeing the first Reading University female Cricket team compete in the BUCS league in summer 2020.
Last year saw the boys take on the ‘Movember’ challenge and after a successful attempt through sheer determination and persistence they are set to raise money for the charity once again this November.
RUCC has begun a search for a new location to host their home games after losing the pitch on campus. We are hoping to secure a pitch just 10 minutes away to pose less of a negative impact on performance, leaving the potential issue behind and continuing to produce quality summers of Cricket.
Article written by Emilly Johnson