Women’s Cricket

For many years, the most famous female involvement in Peruvian cricket had been when Louise Hildebrand, sister of then captain Harry Hildebrand, caught Simon Walter when he was on 49, in February, 2005!

However, 2008 saw the first girls cricket game held between British schools, Markham College and San Silvestre (Girls School). This has been followed by irregular inter-school girls games between Markham and Hiram Bingham School, who have both run a girls cricket development programme.

Then, in 2010, Cricket Peru was delighted to include 4 young women in the Twenty20 Second Division Championship. We also welcomed Juliet Solomon, from Trinidad but now based in Lima, as Cricket Peru’s official scorer, which we are very pleased about. To follow her musings on life in Lima, have a look at her excellent blog: http://peloinformal-livefromlima.blogspot.com.  

Inspired by these developments, Juliet was voted onto the Cricket Peru Executive Committee as Women’s Cricket Officer at the 2010 AGM in September, entrusted with developing female involvement in cricket throughout Peru.

Nobody was expecting an explosion of interest. So, it was a remarkable sight to arrive at Lima Cricket Club less than two months since Juliet’s appointment, on 7th November, 2010, and see more women than men practicing cricket!  

They were warming up for the inaugural women’s 8-a-side match between two recently-formed sides: the Commonwealth Expert Side, captained by said Women’s Cricket Officer, Juliet Solomon and Markham Ladies, captained by Frances Carr, a teacher at Markham College.

BrasilnTnTOne mid-term goal is to have a team to compete in the annual Cricket South America Women’s Championships, against Argentina, Brazil (pictured on tour in Trinidad) and Chile: the last one was held in Santiago, in September, 2010 (see report); the next one will be held in Brazil in August 2011.