Army Makes Call To Arms For Female Cricketers

The service is hoping to attract more players with the creation of a new competition.

The Army Cricket Association has launched a new tournament in the hope to attract new female players to the sport.

The Inter Corps Sixes Competition has been taking place in Aldershot to try and identify talented players who are yet to feature for the Army.

Another target for the tournament is to see former players return to the fold.

This has come ahead of the team’s Inter Services campaign in Portsmouth later in the summer.

Staff Sergeant Kirsty Gavillet is the team’s captain and is encouraged by the response to the tournament.

The Army captain was on a scouting mission during the day's play.

She said: "At the moment, entry level into cricket is like Army standard. What we've tried to do is get a course together so women don't have to start at that level.

"Ever since England’s victory at the World Cup, more and more women have tried to participate.

"This is a great opportunity to recognise new players who are coming through and hopefully, it is something we can capitalise on."

Since the start of the competition, Gavillet has been pleased with the number of participants.

"We have been surprised at how many women came along over the past few days. It’s been fantastic.

"This wasn’t a sport that I played in school or even college. I only picked it up in the military.

"I’ve loved it since the day I have picked up a cricket bat."