First women's match to be played under Malta Cricket Association
On Sunday 26th September, history was made in Maltese cricket as the first women's cricket game was played in Malta, under the Malta Cricket Association.
This game took a lot of preparation time and organisation over the past few months. It started with sports teacher Nadia Gosney who invited the association to take part in the girls' school sports day. Gosney suggested to her rugby team that they should try out a session of cricket.
Malta's level 2 coach Mike Caruana led the session as the team began to practice and advance. A month later Mike Caruana was giving a session to another women's rugby team, Robert Portelli assisted the organisation of this. A match was set-up between both teams, the Alligators versus the Falcons. The Format was a fifteen over match and a semi hard ball was used.
The Chairman of the Malta Sports Council (KMS) Mr Bernard Vassallo made it a point to come and be a part of this historic moment for Malta Cricket. For the game there were two umpires from England, Mr George Honey and Mr Mike Heritage.
Daniela Casha the Falcons captain won the toss and elected to bowl first. They struggled early on bolwing thirty nine wides. Their wicket keeper Brenda Cutajar had a great day taking three catches and was involved in a direct run out with only one stump to aim at.
For the Alligators Daniela Maggi top scored with twelve runs, followed by Adelaide Sammut scoring 9 and Romina Tolu 6. The Alligators totalled 74 runs. In reply the Falcons fell well short of their target scoring 49 runs only. The Alligators bowled a better line and only bowled 22 wides.
For the Falcons Lucienne Desira and Claire Casha made five runs each while Stefania Cassar top scored with seven runs. The Alligators win by 25 runs. After the game the women were presented with a momento for the beginning of a new history for women's cricket in Malta.