Mansi Patel gives her assessment of the Women's practice session in Zurich on Saturday 9th January 2016.
"Saturday 9 o'clock we started the training with a quick warm up. After the warm up we paired up and got a bat and a big ball. The point of this was hitting the ball as straight as you can. Soon after we had to try and balance the ball on the bat while hitting it up and down. Then we got to practice our bowling.
By that time the under 11s were done with their training session and wanted to play against the girls. So we set up the hall and the girls started batting. The under 11s were determined to win! And in the end they did. The training session was really fun. We got to learn alot of different things and I'll definitely be back next week."
Mansi Patel 😄😉
Although we have flirted with the idea of Womens cricket in Switzerland since 2009, it never took off the ground. However, in 2014, in an initiative by the President Alex Mackay, Cricket Switzerland amended the constitution and appointed the first Womens Development Officer to the Executive Committee, Ms Neha Maheshwari. Neha's attempts at marketing women's cricket and trying to set up womens cricket at universities across Switzerland were more challenging than anticipated and results were unsatisfactory.
However, some important lessons were learned and in 2015 Ms Veena Mampilly took over the reins. Veena's passion & energy for cricket enthused a group of others to attend an indoor cricket net practice session ran by ZCCC coach Patrick Henderson in November 2015. It was to prove a great success and since November, the same group has attracted further participants and the womens practice session has taken place every Saturday morning in January 2016.
In the website gallery you will find more pictures from Cricket Switzerland's Women's Cricket initiative.
If you are female and would like to try your hand at playing cricket in Switzerland contact Veena Mampilly.
Whether a novice or an experienced female cricketer, we want to hear from you!