More women playing cricket in Devon

PUBLISHED: 12:24 07 December 2009 | UPDATED: 12:25 10 June 2010

THE number of women and girls playing cricket in Devon has increased by 83 per cent. Research from the England and Wales Cricket Board has reported an increase, for the third successive year, in people playing the sport, not just in this county but across

THE number of women and girls playing cricket in Devon has increased by 83 per cent.

Research from the England and Wales Cricket Board has reported an increase, for the third successive year, in people playing the sport, not just in this county but across the country.

Stuart Lowe, a PE teacher at Exmouth Community College, said: "There is definitely a growing popularity in cricket among girls.

"We, for instance, are looking at having a girls' team set up at the school this summer."

According to an annual survey of the national governing body, there has been a 15 per cent increase in participation during 2009, following a 24 per cent and 27 per cent rise in 2008 and 2007 respectively.

ECB Chief Executive David Collier said: "For cricket to be able to satisfy this increase in demand, it's essential we continue to invest in building and renovating much needed pavilions, pitches, and practice facilities."

"Without this continued level of investment there is no doubt we will not be able to cater for the increased number of children who are choosing to play cricket.

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