The inaugural Middlesex Cricket Women’s League (MCWL) has been a huge success. The new league was set up with a view from the local 6 Southern County Boards (SCB) and the Women’s Cricket Southern League (WCSL) to increase participation and strengthen the club game. An agreement was made that the WCSL would continue to run the top 2 leagues, Premier League and Championship, thus creating an opportunity for counties to offer their returning teams a 40 and 20 over format standardised league.
The 2019 season saw 12 teams take part over the F40 and two T20 leagues, providing the opportunity for women and girls from around the county, as well as three invited teams from outside, to play competitive cricket. There was a very high level of competition in all three of the leagues, with the league tables going all the way to the final day fixtures to find their respective winners. Wanstead & Snaresbrook CC won the double, champions of the F40 and T20 Division 1, as they completed a very impressive season. The T20 Division Two title was won by North London CC.
With over 15,000 runs scored across the 3 leagues this season, there were some extremely big scores. These included some outstanding performances, Wanstead’s Zainab Khan scoring the most runs in the F40 season with 637 from just 13 innings. Emily Jones from Finchley CC was the leading run scorer in the T20 Division 1 with 206 runs, and Indu Arachchgie from Ealing CC led the Division 2 charts scoring 126 runs. Special congratulations to Zainab Khan, Yasmin Daswani, Nannette Kritzinger, Eloise Porter, Bhavika Gajipra, Bethany Chambers, Charlotte Bascombe, Stephanie Mindel, Amara Hussain-Roy, Amy Hills and Elsa Barnfather who scored magnificent hundreds.
The bowlers made a superb effort as well, taking more than 700 wickets over the 3 divisions. The leading wicket taker and the best figures for the Division 1 season are both held by Middlesex age group players. U13 player Amu Surenkumar from North London CC took 10 wickets and U15 player Alisha Rafiq from Harrow Town CC took 3 wickets for just 1 run. In Division 2 Lucy Davies took 6 wickets, including the best figures with 5 for 17. The longer 40 over format saw Saba Nasim take 24 wickets and Alisha Rafiq took a brilliant 6 wickets for 27 runs.
Middlesex Cricket would like to thank all of the clubs, players and volunteers that have contributed to the success of each league this season, as we look to build upon the base that we have set over the winter, progressing into an even better 2020 season.