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The 2017 Ladies cricket season is upon us, with regular training taking place ready for the first round of matches in April. However, it is not only a new season but the TRNC Ladies will be led by a new captain.
49 year old Gina Mapp who moved from Ashford in Kent to Lapta 2 years ago has taken on the role. She said “I never played cricket until I came to North Cyprus, but it’s a game with everything, high paced and very exciting as we play a short soft ball version of the game. I also enjoy the practice every Saturday morning as it’s fun and great for my fitness”.
TRNC Cricket Association coach Nigel Holman said “Gina will add a lot to the team, she’s very committed and I’m sure will be able to inspire the other ladies. He added, he wished to thank retiring captain Hale Silifkeli for all her hard work”. Unfortunately following a knee injury she won’t be able to play anything for a while, so she felt it was better if someone else captained the team.
Gina Mapp invites anyone interested in playing as well as meeting new people to come along to the Pia Bella ground at 11am on Saturdays. For further details call her on 0533 833 5113.
Team Manager Lynn Holman says when we went South last spring, we did better than anyone expected our novices to do. Playing against 2 Sri Lankan sides, we were only narrowly beaten in both games.
The matches are 6-a-side, 5 overs/innings, played with tennis balls and fast and furious, great for fitness. Training is taking place 2pm next Saturday (7th Nov) and 21st November, both sessions are at the Pia Bella Stadium (opposite the hotel). Holman says, anyone interested is very welcome, most of the team haven’t played before.
For further information call Lynn on 0542 8893680.
Another first for the TRNC Cricket Association when last bank holiday their LADIES cricket team played !!!
Following an invitation from the South’s Cyprus Cricket Association a Ladies team was organised to play in a ladies 6-a-side tennis ball tournament at the Cyprus University in South Nicosia.
Until the evening before, when the team, put together by manager Lynn Holman first met, none of the ladies had ever played cricket and half were Turkish Cypriot and hadn’t even seen a game. An intense hour of bowling coaching with Mike Roberts and batting by Nigel Holman and the team began to see what they had let themselves in for.
The Girls’ big day arrived sooner than the North’s players wanted, with all of them regretting having agreed to give it a go and several admitting to feeling sick with worry. Another hour’s coaching in a car park on the Greek side and the ladies were as ready for action as they ever were going to be, having had almost no time to practice.
In the South, ladies cricket is very popular amongst the Indian Sub-Continent students and workers, with regular competitions. All the neutrals at the packed ground shouted for the North’s team, but their players and supporters knew it would be extremely tough.
Hale Silifkeli was appointed Captain and set about organising the bowling and batting orders by asking the nervous players who was brave enough to give it a try.
The TRNC side were first drawn to play a very fit students team Super Six. Winning the toss Hale asked them to bat and they reached 32 runs in their 5 overs. Val Maskell’s accuracy resulted in the only bowling success and she went wild when she took the North’s first ladies’ wicket in history. In reply, with little understanding of running between the wickets and against all the odds they hit 22 without loss, Cecily Waddington scoring 6 and Damla Akmandor a brilliant 12. Lynn Holman was thrilled, admitting she had imagined them being skittled for under 10.
The second match in the team’s cricketing career saw them pitched against a slightly older but much stronger side called Super Hit. Again the South batted first, this time rattling up an impressive 52 runs. Coach Holman said thanks to Mike Robert’s previous evening’s work with the ladies, their bowling was infinitely straighter than he expected. This time it was Amy Hearn who hit the stumps for the only wicket of the innings. The target was daunting and with the inning being only 5 overs, attack from the first ball was the instruction. Hale Silifkeli rapidly got 3, then aggressive hitting from Amy Hearne 14 and Nurdan Atamtürk 6, set up an unlikely last over with 16 needed and Cecily Waddington and Val Maskell at the crease. The Super Hit’s best bowler pinned them down, they tried everything, but only 2 each was scored and on the last ball Damla Akmando came in and dramatically hit her own wicket leaving the North 11 runs short.
With smiles from everyone and endless requests for photographs from the South’s student players, the team headed back North, very happy and promising to have another game soon.