The Southland Women's team played some friendly games against the lower ranked senior reserve sides on bye weeks last year. It was really good fun. I know a lot of the guys on my team enjoyed playing them.
They had four Otago Sparks players including their captain who has played for NZ, and a girl called Kate who probably will play for NZ in the future. Most of the others were pretty indifferent though they were a very young side.
We mixed our batting order up a bit and the captain was pretty bloody annoyed he got a golden duck! I think we got 230-odd and they got 110.
We opened with our usual bowlers but they both felt very awkward about bowling full pace at the girls. I think though they liked the fact we respected them enough to do that.
The second game was more one-sided. They got 140 or so, we mixed the bowlers up a bit - I bowled for example, and we got them for 1 down.
Nobody I knew had any problem with it. I think we took the right attitude in playing seriously but mixing it up a bit. It was about helping them develop their cricket. And it was fun. One thing I liked was that in our league a lot of the teams are very aggressive towards umpires. I've been called a c***, told I'm full of s*** and had someone give me the finger after taking a wicket. Primadonnas who think they are better than they are. None of that happened against the girls.
This year, the best of the girls have been making up the numbers for a new side in the reserve competition.
Somebody has to...
Last edited by Chubb; 16-01-2013 at 04:42 PM.