While Farmers can expand their club and have a ready-made ladies’ section, the Lilies will now have access to excellent facilities, advice and support, and some much-needed opposition to play against.
Peter Sandall, president of FCC, said: ‘One of our principles is the development of cricket, and we are delighted to support the Lilies’ initiative, which will not only benefit both clubs but will enhance the forward-thinking reputation of cricket in the Island.’ The Lilies, who are sponsored by Cimandis, have had a good response to this year’s training sessions and are now looking for more teams to play against.
Chairman Vicky Toole said: ‘After a number of setbacks last season, we were determined that women’s cricket would survive and we have worked hard this winter to generate new members, put in place sponsorship and seek an experienced partner who wanted to work with us.
‘Receiving such a positive and welcoming response from Farmers CC was a huge boost for the Lilies and we are grateful to their committee for their support of women’s cricket in the Island.
‘The Lilies pride themselves on being Jersey’s first and only women’s cricket team.
We have a friendly, social atmosphere that welcomes all women who want to play cricket, regardless of age or ability.’ Anyone who would like to join the LLCC or arrange a match against them should e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.farmerscricketjersey.net.
The inaugural match of the affiliation will be held on Saturday at 2 pm at the Farmers Field, St Martin, where Lilies, in their first ever match, will take on the FCC’s Masterclass team.