Women’s cricket in Leamington has received a financial boost after a sponsorship deal with local solicitors Blythe Liggins.
The law firm, which also sponsors the Two Castles Run, has signed up to support the women and girls’ section at Leamington Cricket Club in Arlington Avenue.
Chairman of cricket Neil Smith, a former England and Warwickshire player and son of legendary England cricket captain and rugby international M.J.K. Smith, said: “These are exciting times for women’s cricket and Blythe Liggins’ generous support will help us to provide more coaching and equipment, which will attract players from across the region.
“Women’s cricket is proving so popular and is one of the fastest growing areas in women’s sport. Our women and girls’ section has gone from strength to strength in recent years,” he added.
Kevin Mitchell, a partner and commercial solicitor with Blythe Liggins and chairman of Leamington Cricket Club, said the sponsorship would provide extra coaching and equipment.
He said: “Leamington Cricket Club is at the forefront of women’s cricket in this area. We were the first club in England to hold a women’s softball festival (last year) and we hope to make it an annual event. We also have girls as young as five playing, and a joint venture with Berkswell Ladies which enables them to both train and play their matches.”
CAPTION: Leamington Cricket Club chairman Kevin Mitchell (right) with chairman of cricket Neil Smith and the club’s Warwickshire players Imogen Lomas, Abi Mitchell and Laura Bawden.