Hunter Valley cricketers are invited to pick up a bat and ball ahead of Cricket Australia’s Women’s Social Smash this week.

The six-week programme, due to launch on Friday March 4, will take place in four local centers – Newcastle (Adamstown), Lake Macquarie, Maitland (Lorn) and Scone.

It is aimed at women of all ages and abilities, encouraging participants to be active in a relaxing, encouraging and fun environment with the opportunity to make new friendships along the way.

After a successful pilot in 2021, Women’s Social Smash has expanded its accessibility by hosting programs in more locations across the state.

NSW Breakers star hitter and Australia vice-captain Rachael Haynes visited a session on the northern beaches.

She urges women to get involved in the initiative, which promotes social ties.

“It’s just a fun way to play cricket, get to know it, hang out with family and friends and enjoy the game,” she said.

“I think it’s about trying the game.”

Aislinn McKeever, Women’s Social Smash participant and mother, spoke about her experience in the program coming from a background other than cricket.

“From a social point of view, being a working mother, it gives me time to exercise, meet other people in the same situation and have a little fun and laugh,” he said. she stated.

“Don’t be afraid, if I can do it and I’ve never lifted a cricket bat, come on.”

Samantha Krajina, Cricket Australia’s senior growth programs manager, said developing a program that emphasized social connections, health and wellbeing was key to encouraging more women to pick up a bat and join. .

“We wanted to provide a platform for more women of all ages to get involved in cricket,” she explained.

“A key aspect of the program was to make sure it was accessible to everyone.

“Whether you’re a seasoned veteran, a backyard cricketer or a mum, anyone can play.”

Each Women’s Social Smash match is played over 60 to 90 minutes between teams of eight players with eight overs each.

Games are played with a shorter pitch and boundary, softball is used, and no protective gear is required.

There are no outs and anyone can bat and bowl.

To get involved in Women’s Social Smash, sign up for your local NSW program at www.playcricket.com.au

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