A new era of girls cricket began on Wednesday night.
Cricket Shepparton’s first all-girls competition kicked off to the excitement of the region’s next Ellyse Perrys and Meg Lannings, with four teams so far locked in to compete this season.
But Notre Dame-St Brendan’s president Peter Holland hopes the enjoyment of the first game will encourage more players to give it a go.
‘‘It’s a program that Cricket Australia has put together and Cricket Shepparton getting behind it is very exciting,’’ Holland said.
‘‘All the girls were excited and the game was very good.
‘‘A couple of girls have played with the boys in mixed sides, and you can pick those out straight away, but we also had backyard cricketers and those trying it for the first time as well.’’
The Tigers, along with Kyabram, Northerners and Mooroopna, are the inaugural sides to compete in the new competition, which has modified rules in line with Cricket Australia’s new junior formats.
Teams of seven play a maximum of 20 overs on shorter pitches with shorter boundaries, and everyone gets the opportunity to bat and bowl.
‘‘It gives the girls the chance to play with their own age group and around their own talent level,’’ Holland said.
‘‘We’ve got four teams at the moment and hopefully it will grow as we get up and going.
‘‘There’s definitely scope for more players to come on board, so anyone who is keen just come down and we’ll get you a game.’’
Matches are held on Wednesdays from 4.30pm, with next week’s fixture pitting the Tigers against the Redbacks at St Brendan’s Primary School and the Jets facing the Cats at Tallygaroopna Primary School.