Tuesday 24th April is MCC Women’s Day, when two women’s matches will take place on the main ground at Lord’s. Former England captain Charlotte Edwards will lead MCC in the showpiece match against Middlesex, and the four-time Ashes winner is as excited as ever to be playing at the Home of Cricket.
“To play at Lord’s is an opportunity you never want to turn down, and especially having been asked to lead out MCC, I feel very honoured,” Edwards said. “I’m very much looking forward to what will be a wonderful celebration of women’s cricket.”
The match forms part of MCC’s inaugural Women’s Day. Two teams made up of MCC Playing Members - Lord’s Ladies and the Marylebone Maidens - will meet in a T20 match before Edwards’ MCC side, which also includes World Cup winners Sarah Taylor and Georgia Elwiss, takes on Middlesex women in their first-ever match on the main ground at Lord’s.
If you’d have said to me five years ago that we’re going to get over 5,000 people here to watch a domestic game, I’d never have believed you
Edwards, who was this week announced as Hampshire’s new Director of Women’s Cricket, realises the importance such a day can have on raising the profile of the women’s game. With over 5,000 schoolchildren expected to attend, and both games being streamed live on the internet, there is plenty to be enthusiastic about off the pitch as well as on it.
“There’s a real momentum in the women’s game at the moment. If you’d have said to me five years ago that we’re going to get over 5,000 people here to watch a domestic game, and countless others watching online, I’d never have believed you.
“For players like me who have finished our international careers, to play in front of big crowds again is something you look forward to. There’s going to be so much going on, and hopefully so many young girls in the ground with aspirations to play at Lord’s one day.”
MCC Women’s Day features the first women’s games to take place at Lord’s since England’s famous World Cup victory over India last summer and that dramatic Sunday last July has certainly contributed to the momentum currently being enjoyed by the women’s game.
“It was incredible,” says Edwards. “What an occasion it was to have this ground full. I remember the scenes vividly. And for England to win the World Cup, it really was a fairytale ending.”
Many of the MCC and Middlesex players will be gracing the hallowed turf at Lord’s for the first time in their career, and the day looks set to be memorable for all involved, from the youngsters right through to the experienced international players.
“This is what is so special about playing for MCC. You’ve got a real mixture of players - some who have played at international level and you’ve also got really good club cricketers all playing together.
“I’m really excited, I think it’s going to be a great occasion and I’m thankful to MCC for allowing us all this opportunity to play at Lord’s.”
Tickets will be available for purchase on the day, from both the Grace Gate and the North Gate, priced at £5 for adults, £2.50 for seniors (over the age of 65) and free for children (under 16). The admission fee covers both matches and gates open at 9.00am.
10.00am – Lord’s Ladies v. Marylebone Maidens
1.30pm – MCC Women v. Middlesex Women
More information about the fixture can be found below.