‘North Devon Tarka Ladies’ will enter the Devon Ladies League in 2014

NORTH Devon CC will be running a ladies’ team in the Devon Ladies League for the 2014 season.

Slee Blackwell solicitors will be sponsoring the team, which will be known as North Devon Tarka Ladies.

The team is drawn from a number of clubs in the North Devon area who got together last summer to put out sides at U13 and U15 level.

Jan Witheridge, the team manager, said there was strength in numbers for this growing part of the game.

“In the past, talented young players have been lost to the game because of the long distances they have needed to travel to play quality ladies cricket, although a number have participated very successfully in boys and mens’ teams at their clubs,” she said.

“Following last season’s success of the U15 and U13 Tarka teams made up of players from a number of clubs, this is a natural progression, the intention being to provide a platform to enable young women to play all-ladies cricket.”

The extension of Tarka Ladies into the adult league will provide an opportunity for women of all ages from all over North Devon to play and compete together.

“Playing all-girls cricket is essential to the development of players who wish to progress up the women’s player pathway or just continue to enjoy the game,” Witheridge added.

Tarka Ladies have been welcomed by the other members of the Devon Ladies League and competition chairman, Warren Carr. They have been entered into Division II, where they will play five matches.

Tarka Ladies have an ambitious winter training program under the eye of coach Mark Overton.

The first training session will take place at West Buckland School on January 19.

Visit tarkaladies@ndcc.org.uk for more information.