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Talking Cricket: Girls deserve an even break
6:10am Thursday 11th July 2013 in By Matt Donlan
PEOPLE who know me will vouch for the fact that I am not exactly at the forefront of modern thinking.
As a bloke from the heart of East Lancashire I will happily admit to being fairly well set in a lot of my ways.
A pint of bitter tastes better out of a barrel glass, pies should always come with a crust and I yearn for the days of stew and hard.
I suspect you may be getting the drift about my way of thinking.
But one thing I am really forward thinking on is the future of women’s sport, and cricket in particular.
Yet it seems as though some people within the game are not as keen as me on women playing cricket.
Last week someone made a comment to me in the aftermath of the news that Jonathan Finch had been promoted to high performance manager for England women’s cricket that I can’t repeat, while there is still a certain stigma about girls playing senior cricket against the men.
That is something that baffles me. If a player is good enough then there is no reason to stop them from performing at the same level.
It matters not whether the player is male or female. Anyone playing senior cricket has earned that right, especially at the local level.
Women’s cricket has come on leaps and bounds thanks to untold hours of hard work.
And if anyone wants to knock their right to be on the same field then perhaps they should bowl in the nets at England star Arran Brindle and her team-mates.
Some of them would be hit to the moon.
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