Middlesex and Jersey to promote women's cricket together

Women's CricZone Staff
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In a move that will give women's cricket a push, Middlesex Cricket and Jersey Cricket, on Tuesday (April 7), have signed a long-term strategic partnership, which will enable upcoming and talented young cricketers to flourish.

Both Middlesex Cricket and Jersey Cricket have had discussions for the same about pushing the boundaries by inculcating innovative programmes that will enable young girls to perform well. The aim of this partnership is a long-term one and has come at a pivotal time as cricket has come to standstill due to the ongoing coronavirus situation.

“It is really exciting to be working with Jersey Cricket,” said Danni Warren, head of women's cricket for Middlesex. “Having discussed our respective visions in depth, it was obvious that we share a lot of common aspirations, making this partnership the natural next step.”

It's a refreshing and bold step taken towards a right initiative which allows players and support staff to experience new environments. This will enable Middlesex Cricket and Jersey Cricket deliver high-quality talent development programmes for local women and girls.

According to the initial plan, Jersey, ranked 37 in the ICC Associate rankings, were scheduled to tour England in May, and train with Middlesex players and then play three matches at Mill Hill School, but the plans have been put on hold. Middlesex players had also planned to train in Jersey, but the current COVID-19 pandemic has put those plans to rest for now.

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“It had been planned that Jersey Women would visit Middlesex at the end of May, combining the opportunity for them to train as a group in new environments with a number of matches between the two sides,” added Warren.

“Despite this being postponed due to the current COVID-19 situation we are committed to facilitating similar opportunities for both of our playing groups going forward. As a coaching staff we cannot wait to explore further projects, all of which will provide our players with new and innovative developmental opportunities.”

Lee Meloy, youth performance manager and women’s head coach at Jersey Cricket Board, added:

“We are delighted to announce this partnership with Middlesex Cricket and look forward to the opportunities ahead,” said Lee Meloy, the youth performance manager and the women's head coach of Jersey.

“Having spoken with Danni, it’s clear both sides are focused on long-term development and growth of the game whilst looking to provide our talented players with new experiences. Our pre-season tour would have been a great way to kick-start this but circumstances out of our control have meant plans have had to be put on ice for now. Looking at the bigger picture it’s a very exciting time for women’s cricket. To be able to work closely with such a well-established organisation will undoubtedly leave a legacy for our female cricketers.”