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Hunt begins for Namibia's first female cricketers

Sun, Aug 2, 2009 7:16 PM

With women's cricket gaining popularity across the globe, the hunt is now on for Namibia's first team of female cricketers.

Cricket Namibia (CN) Development Manager, Marsha Reed, is touring schools in Windhoek to introduce the game to girls aged 13 to 19 across the capital. The course will take two weeks and interested participants will be encouraged to take part in further practices and try out for the national team.

Reed and her team of Development officers have identified four schools for the initial roll out - Concordia High School, Academia, HTS and Hochland High - and will prepare a national women's team in December to participate in an African tournament in Swaziland.

Another team will play in a provincial tournament in South Africa in November.

She admits that the initiative has its challenges with girls needing to adapt to the idea that cricket is a viable option for female athletes. Competition from other winter sports including netball and hockey also acts as a barrier in developing interest.

"We are targeting 2000 girls from all backgrounds in the Khomas region," she says, "they do not have to pay to play!"

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