Women's Indoor Championship: France

Thu, Mar 12, 2009 10:32 AM

France kicked off Europe's ICC Catch the Spirit centenary celebrations this year by staging its inaugural Women's Indoor Championship in Dijon. The date was symbolic as it was held over the weekend of International Women's Day (7 - 8 March).

The country's first Women's tournament attracted interest from three out of six possible clubs with women's teams: Thoiry was able to field two teams whilst newly formed clubs Dijon and Sens fielded one team each.

As the tournament got underway, Tournament Director David Bordes was pleasantly surprised and happy to see some great cricketing action from beginner players, including some very impressive sliding stops and diving catches that would have been the envy of many male teams.

The playing standard of the teams improved steadily throughout the tournament and after two long days of competition where all teams played four games, the final was played between the two Thoiry teams, Falcons and Eagles.

The Falcons, who finished on top in the preliminary rounds, fielded first and the Eagles made a competitive 157 from the 10 overs allocated. The Eagles then bowled tightly putting pressure on the Falcons who finished 37 runs short of the target; the honour of first Women's Indoor National Champions being awarded to the Thoiry Eagles.

Special mention must go to some very deserving officials: umpire Robert Robinson from Dijon who officiated in 9 out 10 of the matches and Vincent Buisson who experimented with scoring using a software programme, thereby bringing French scoring into the IT era. Last but not least, our thanks are also extended to the town of Dijon and the Bourgogne Regional Council for helping in the organisation and donation of souvenirs and trophies.

Plans are already being made for next year's event.

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