Girls' & women's cricket
Leaders in girls' and women's cricket
The Surrey region has three times as many girls' teams as the next best county. As leaders within the Surrey region, we are also leaders nationally.
The average club in the Surrey region with a girls’ or women’s section played just 27 matches in 2022. We played over 120.
Female players made up close to 30% of our playing membership - on par with only two other clubs in the Surrey region - and our girl's section has generally been growing by around 25% per year.
Our girls' section has grown from 5 girls in 2016 to 92 girls in the summer of 2023. We have healthy numbers in all school years from Reception through to teenagers who are now becoming regular players in senior women's cricket. We had over 130 female players at the club, including senior players, in 2023. We expect to grow again in 2024.
We have all-female training for the girls' and women's squads (other than Girls U8-9s indoor sessions which are mixed with 30% of spaces reserved for girls).
Our Girls Under 9s and Girls Under 11s won their soft-ball league divisions in 2022, and our Girls U12s won their division in 2023.
2023 teams (2024 teams to be confirmed in autumn 2023)
Reception to school year 2 play in mixed internal matches with boys
Girls' league teams:
Girls Under 8-9s (school years 3-4) - soft-ball
Girls Under 10s (school year 5) - hard-ball
Girls Under 11-12s (school years 6-7) - hard-ball
Girls Under 13-14s (school years 8-9) - hard-ball
Girls Under 15-16s (school years 10-11) hard-ball
Many of our older teens also play in Women's cricket. We have two teams this year:
Women's 1st XI - Surrey Women's Cricket League Premier Division
Women's 2nd XI - Surrey Womens' Cricket League Division 1
We are aiming to start a third women's team within the next three seasons.
One of the largest and strongest women's sections in south London
SMCC Women formed in 2009.
Girls are eligible to play in senior women's cricket from school year 8 and up, or school year 7 if a county player.
In 2022 our women's squad was 30+ players, and we ran two women's league teams for the first time. Some weekends we had enough players available for three teams and we are aiming to run a third women's team within the next three years.
In 2019, our women's squad won the inaugural Surrey Slam T20 tournament. In 2023 our Womens 1st XI finished 2rd in the Premier Division of the Surrey Women's Cricket League, and our Women's 2nd XI finished 5th in Division 1, staying up after gaining promotion in 2022.
For further details, see the Women's Cricket section on our main website.
The club's Executive Committee includes three members from the SMCC Women and we're proud to be one of a tiny number of clubs in the country to be led by a Chairwoman.
SMCC Girls' first all-female junior match in 2017 - SMCC vs Dulwich.
We offer training year round for all ages.
The creation of dedicated all-girls training sessions has resulted in much higher numbers of girls attending indoor training in all age-groups (around 70%), so we intend to continue doing so in future years.
We will continue to work with Surrey, Kent and other representative cricket organisations to give our girls every opportunity to play representative cricket.
In 2023, we had 7 girls in Surrey and Kent performance squads, from Under 10s to Under 16s.
Our Girls U9-11s playing at home in the summer of 2020.