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MCC Ladies – 2019 Season

Mildenhall Ladies enter their twelfth season in 2019.  Whilst there are still some players from the original team, this season may see a changing of the guard to some degree as a crop of younger players start to make their way through the ranks.

In the 2018 season Mildenhall entered a team in the Under-13 girls T-20 tournament, convincingly winning their opening game only to be denied by a scheduling issue from progressing further.  This season we are entering a team in the Under-15 girls T-20 tournament and hope to make an impression.

Last season saw the emergence of Emily Daltrey, Jasmine Westley and Sophie Hughes in the senior ladies team in the Two Counties Challenge.  They all played a prominent role in the games they played and are expected to increase their input in the 2019 season.  All 3 represent their Counties in their age-groups.

There are a number of other girls who have been netting with the senior ladies who will hope to play a number of games.  The added bonus for them is that they can also play “2 years down” in youth cricket and Youth Supremo Brian Rayner is keen to get as many girls involved as possible.

Traditionally not many Mildenhall Ladies have represented Suffolk ladies.  However, this season that trend has been reversed. Fliss Cleverley flirted with life in Australia but is now back and being one of the regions most productive all-rounders over recent seasons is back in the Suffolk side.  Hannah Gordon returned to playing cricket seriously in the 2018 season – after a number of seasons only making the odd appearance – and consequently was called up by Suffolk.  Finally, Kim Hancock has shown that if you work on your game hard enough you can improve your skills sufficiently to be recognized.  By her own admission Kim will tell you she was a novice when she joined MCC in the 2014 season but she is now in the Suffolk T20 squad.

With many more established senior players, Mildenhall Ladies will be looking – yet again – to go one better in the Two Counties Ladies Challenge.  They now have the unenviable record of having finished runner-up in the last 3 seasons, beaten by Easton and then by Woolpit in the last two seasons.  The likes of Pippa Palmer and Megan Arnold will continue their progression and have been involved in the vast majority of the prior 11 seasons so will be very keen to go one better.  Wicket-keeper Tori Leyshon showed tremendous improvement last season and during the winter has continued the upward trend.  Angela Jiggings and Lucy Fraser add some “youthful experience” to the team.

Mildenhall Ladies will also be entering the Vitality National T20 tournament this season.  Last season was the inaugural year and the ladies thoroughly enjoyed playing new teams and visiting new grounds as they made their way to the Regional Semi-Final against Chelmsford.  No-one who was at the ground for that game will forget Helen Atkinson’s unbeaten 117 as MCC fell 7 short on 197 chasing 204.  Mildenhall play Melton in the first round this season and will be keen to re-live last season’s exploits and hope to see Helen at her destructive best.

Over the winter the ladies have been avidly attending the indoor nets.  16 weeks is a long time to net but the ladies keep coming.  It has helped to strengthen the bonds with Bardwell Ladies, who also attend the sessions.  The improvement in the skills over the sessions has been visible and hopefully will translate into good performances.

Midlenhall Ladies are always looking to recruit players.  Whilst we have a good nucleus and numbers are increasing, there is always room for more.  We also play a number of friendlies so there is always the opportunity to get some cricket regardless of whether you are a novice or established player looking to play some more cricket.

The ladies net sessions take place at Wamil Way on Tuesday evening from 6pm-8pm.


If you are interested in joining Mldenhall Ladies please contact:

Kayleigh Thurston, captain (, @KayleighF_92 or 07551 212526)

Lou Handy, team manager (, @louh44 or 07866 419186)








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