Girls' match is a milestone for cricket club

June 28 2021

The Carsons and Mangotsfield girls' team

The Carsons and Mangotsfield girls' team

CARSONS and Mangotsfield have had a landmark achievement, with the very first match involving a girls' team taking place representing the club.
Whilst the match did end in defeat, it was a significant milestone for the club.
Club chairman Andy King felt that it was a good time to start the club in a new direction, as it celebrates 100 years of Carsons Cricket Club, and needed to reflect the growing girls' section, led by Mike Dowse and Chloe Micklethwaite.
With that in mind Chloe was invited to join the club’s main committee, as it was felt that we needed a female cricketer representing the girls and giving them a voice.
Andy was also able to report that the club have received substantial funding from the ECB as Carsons and Mangotsfield look to improve what they can offer to their All Stars and Dynamos Section. They are grateful for the support from the GCB, in what was a small pot of funds.
The club are already looking to plan for next season and are holding a social evening following a coaching course with Liam Dawson from the GCB.
The coaching course is partly to thank those who have helped this season as volunteers and also to get them on to the first rung of the coaching ladder.
July also sees a landmark game against the oldest club in the world, the MCC, to celebrate 100 years of Carsons. The MCC are being led by former club member Richard Trotman.
Whilst the make-up of the side is unknown, it is hoped that a number of ex-Gloucestershire and Somerset players may be playing.
The game is on July 11 at Pomphrey Hill, with an 11.30am start.
The Saturday and Sunday teams have also continued to progress well.
The first team are continuing to adjust to life in a higher division.
The second team are still top of their division, only having lost once this season.
The Third and Fourth teams are also continuing to be competitive in their respective divisions. Availability has been high, with the club getting close to running a 5th Xl.
The Sunday Xl have only lost once this season, by one run to Bristol Pakistanis, in what captain Jack O’Hara described as a “ding-dong of a match”.
The match also saw youngster Jack Woodland score his maiden 50 in cricket.
Ian Coles