Books concerning the history of women's cricket

Women's cricket

Women at the Wicket: A History of Women’s Cricket in Interwar England

Written by Adam McKie

Foreword by Alison Mitchell

As the golden age of men’s cricket came crashing to an end during the summer of 1914, it unexpectedly marked the beginning of women’s mass adoption of the national game. Women eagerly responded to the country’s wartime plea for help, but as they entered the factories, depots and factories of England, few anticipated they would also enter the cricket field. From a handful of wealthy, country-house teams before the war, by 1939 the sport had been transformed. International tours, first-class county venues, crowds in their thousands, and a substantial rise in playing numbers: women’s cricket became a permanent and widespread feature of the English summer. But their physical liberation was not without liberation, and accusations of being ‘unsexed’, uncivilised and manly doggedly pursued the sport. Just as players began to earn the respect and admiration of the public, the Second World War intervened, and women’s cricket became another casualty of the conflict.

The fourth volume in the Cricket Witness series, this book is the first in-depth study of the formative years of the game, and places the sport within broader changes in women’s education, employment, and civil rights, and argues cricket was a new setting for women’s emancipation after achieving electoral equality in 1928.

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Enid Bakewell: Coalminer's Daughter

by Simon Sweetman

Enid Bakewell, one of England’s most successful and distinguished women cricketers, was the first women player to have an article about her in Wisden, in 1970, after an outstanding tour of Australasia. She is now the first female subject in the ACS Lives in Cricket series.

Simon Sweetman takes us through Enid’s playing career as an all-rounder and off the field as teacher and coach; and daughter, wife and mother. Articulate, approachable and a woman with firm roots in Nottinghamshire who has made friends across the world, she and her generation were true pioneers: when playing for the first time at Lord’s, they didn’t know if women would be allowed into the changing rooms.

Will she manage to play until she’s 80? Do not bet against it.

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The Cricket Statistician No. 172: Winter 2015

Female reflections from Lord’s

ACS research project: a plea for help – Adam McKie

What is women’s cricket? – Keith Walmsley

Building statistics for women’s cricket – Marion Collin

Women in English cricket literature – Mark Rowe

A history of the WCA – Toni Nash

Beginnings of the IWCC

Changing view in Wales – Bob Harragan

Umpiring, gender and the 1970s – Carol Florey

Financing women’s cricket – Women’s Cricket History website

Raising the funds – the tour fund 1957/58 – Simon Sweetman

Women’s Cricket Federation

The sacking of Rachael Heyhoe Flint – Simon Sweetman

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