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‘Exciting time for girls’ cricket at The Wick’

Sometimes the stars align – and when they do, you must grab the opportunity with both hands.

And Hampton Wick Royal Cricket Club’s newly-formed girls team shows we’ve done just that.

A 2022 Wisden Magazine article took an in-depth look at a local school – Heathfield Primary – and the great work James Watson had done to bring cricket into PE lessons and after-school sport sessions.

HWRCC Chairman Sam Kemp said: “The gist of the piece was James was doing a great job but the kids, particularly the girls, needed access to club cricket to broaden their opportunities to play the game competitively.”

Now, let’s be honest – cricket committees are not well known for their rapid decision-making.

But in just a few short months, HWRCC has welcomed Heathfield girls en masse to the Wick as members.

Not only that – they are winning!

During the winter, OUR girls’ side beat Teddington, East Molesey, Churt and Pyrford in the Surrey under-11 Smash indoor events.

And 12 of Heathfield’s girls have been invited on the Middlesex Area pathway programme.

The girls will be representing the Wick in both Surrey and Middlesex leagues this summer and will also play in the season-opening *Surrey “Smash It” Festival – which is being hosted at HWRCC.

‘The girls had never even picked up a bat or ball’

Not bad – especially when you consider James and Callum Donnelly only introduced them to the game at the tail-end of the Covid pandemic.

“It seemed the obvious game to play really with all the social distancing rules, but the girls had never even picked up a bat or a ball,” James said.

“And they’ve loved it. It’s a real social thing for them.

“They can play a competitive sport with their mates and it’s great to see the effect it’s having on them all.

“Some of these kids would find it really hard to join a local club as individuals… because of their backgrounds, they feel they would not fit in.

‘Hampton Wick is a shining light to other clubs’

“But Hampton Wick has given them the chance to represent a club together – and I can’t thank them enough.

“Hampton Wick is a shining light to other cricket clubs, and what they can do to promote our game and at the same time help kids in more deprived communities.

“There’s so much talent out there – it’s about making sure that everyone has the same opportunities to fulfil theirs.”

‘It’s an exciting time for girls’ cricket at The Wick’

*The Surrey “Smash It” Festival is open to all Surrey girls cricket club teams from U7 – U13 and The Wick will be hosting the event in partnership with the Surrey Cricket Foundation.

HWRCC is hosting the event on Sunday, April 30. Come along and see for yourselves the quality and enthusiasm of our U11 girls’ squad.

Sam added: “This is an exciting time for girls’ cricket at The Wick and none of it would have been possible without the unerring support of James and Callum.”

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Running a marathon takes conviction – something JLF knows all about!

Our very own Jack Le Feuvre is taking on the London Marathon on Sunday, April 23.

This is a spectacular effort from JLF, both physically, emotionally, and financially. He’s ‘speeding’ his way around the streets of London to raise money for Marie Curie.

“My lovely Granny was in a Marie Curie hospice in the final months of her life and received nothing but fantastic care from very kind and caring nurses who made her last months as comfortable as possible,” Jack tells us.

“This kindness was always shown to us when we would come to visit and the nurses couldn’t do enough to provide support for us at a very difficult time.”

We wish Jack the best of luck with his physical and fundraising efforts. And if you haven’t already… please sponsor him by clicking HERE.

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Boom Boom aiming for 100

Second XI skipper Ed ‘Boom Boom’ Charlton has been desperate to get to three figures for years!

Sadly that landmark remains elusive on the cricket pitch.

So, the self-proclaimed all rounder is hoping to get his ton on a bike instead.

On May 28, Ed will be taking part in the gruelling RideLondon event to raise cash for Great Ormond Street Hospital.

Please CLICK HERE to donate to this great charity.