1997 Feb 16
- Martin and Mandy Davies
During 2017 I became seriously ill. While recovering and unable to drive, Martin and Mandy
went out of their way on many occasions to ensure I was able to make, and
photograph, one match from the World Cup and a number of county and KSL
matches around the country. They continued their help in 2018 both in
England and overseas. I shall for ever be grateful for their help!
- Beth Wild
Gaunt's (see below) current (2015) successor who was most helpful in my
2015 trip to New Zealand and at all other times. She works tirelessly for
the ECB, as I have seen with my own eyes during that tour down under. Much
of what I have written about "Immy" applies equally to Beth and the ECB
are to be congratulated on choosing someone not just suited to the task,
but who keeps a cheerful aspect (almost) all of the time.
- Jenny Roesler
A journalist who gave me the opportunity to see just how difficult the job can be if
you're conscientious about it. Preparing numerous reports and doing interviews
with players, school children and coaches it was a whirlwind existence during
the World Cup T20 rounds at Taunton in 2009. I have always found her reporting
fair, whether she is heaping praise or gently criticising and her writings are
my reading of choice for any match report. She has kindly written articles for
this site as well as CricInfo and elsewhere. It was a pleasure to be her
driver and get a glimpse into another world.
- Imogen Gaunt
A Media Officer at the ECB, Imogen has worked tirelessly through the 2005
& 2006 seasons, summer and winter, to ensure all media outlets, this humble site
included, have full and up to date information on the England situation. I
must thank her especially for access to grounds and facilities that have
enabled me to photograph from the best vantage points available. She has been
a continuous source of help and encouragement, and this site would not have
even the poor coverage I have managed to upload without her assistance.
- Clare Connor
Head of Women's Cricket at the
England & Wales Cricket Board, Clare has
worked tirelessly for the sport in a period of
considerable change in both international and domestic competitions. She
has also taken on roles with the ICC and with other non-cricket
committees. She has always been supportive of this site and my
efforts to make it as comprehensive as I am able. They say if you want
anything done "give the job to a busy woman." Clare is an excellent
example of how true that saying can be.
- Maria Grant
for her considerable time and effort in keeping me abreast of the 2000
CricInfo World Cup on an almost daily basis during November/December 2000, and
match reports and pictures of that competition and for the mass of data she
carried half way round the world for me! Also for sharing her in-depth
knowledge of the women's game in this country, on many occasions.
- Adrienne Simpson
for information on the scene in New Zealand, background on many of
the players and for match reports. She is currently writing a book on the
history women's cricket in New Zealand and one on her local opera company!
[I had not been in touch with Adrienne for a while
and was sad to learn that she had died in December 2010. She had sent me
recordings of games played in New Zealand and we regularly emailed about
opera and cricket.]
- Mark Sinclair
the writer of the software Cricket Statz &
Statz Pro. The ability to generate web pages swiftly at the end
of a series or year is a tremendous boon! Players performances, at least
in respect of their stats, can be quickly evaluated and compared and producing
them is simplicity itself. I have no hesitation in recommending this software
to anyone wanting to keep track of a team or number of teams.
- Marion Collin
of the ICC for providing all the official statistics and many of the
scorecards used on this site. If there are any errors then I am sure they
have been introduced by me! Her book "99 not out" which provides
a summary of the first 99 Women's Test Matches has been, and remains, an
invaluable source of reference. The software she uses to accomplish the enormous
task of keeping track of women's international cricket worldwide has been
written by Gordon Vince. Mark Sinclair's Cricket Statz has also be pressed into service.
- Carol Salmon
for permission to use many of her excellent photographs from the New
Zealand series of 1996 in the original incarnation of this site. I have frequently carried a camera myself since,
and know just how difficult that elusive shot is ... Carol wrote frequently
and for many years in cricket magazines and newspapers, including Wisden
and The Cricketer, and her knowledge of the game is second to
none. I canvas her opinion on all matters to do with the sport whenever we
- Barbara Daniels
for help and information on absolutely anything to do with women's cricket, and in particular for managing to so clearly explain the
form of the merger between the WCA and ECB (no mean feat!). Also for being
such a pleasure to watch both batting and especially fielding in the covers! She
has also become a fine commentator for SkyTV and wrote for some time on women's
cricket on the BBC web site. In 2002 she wrote some match reports for
this site. It was a great pleasure to meet her again recently (2012).
- Roz Tritton
Web master of the official WCA www site with whom I co-operated from the inception of my pages. Roz must have started the
first ever site on women's cricket when the value of the 'Net' was not
as widely appreciated as it has become in more recent times. Although Roz no
longer writes on the web this site would not have got up and running so
readily without her help and advice.
- Erica Sainsbury
the official scorer for the Australian Women's Team, for help with
scorecards during the summer of 1998 and other information, and for her
most generous gift. [I was sad to hear she had died in
2021. A shirt in my wardrobe (the present I referred to above) will always
remind me of our co-operation in the early days of the 'Net].
- Bronwyn Calver
Australian all-rounder and more recently (1999) official statistician for WCAustralia, for help with scorecards and background both on the Australian
team and on cricket in general. Her insights on the differences between
wickets in England and Australia, and on women's cricket in her home country,
have proved especially useful. Also for keeping me up to date with fixtures
in the southern hemisphere. Bronwyn has also provided a number of anecdotes,
not all of which have found their way on to this site!
- Francis Payne
for his help on the New Zealand scene, especially with background on
the World Cup in 2000, and information from NZ's cricket archives.
- Shaiza & Sharmeen Khan
Previous Captain and Vice Captain of Pakistan for their insights into the problems
women's cricket faces in that country, and for information on their 1998 tour to Sri Lanka. And for being kind enough to consider my words are
worth publishing in their magazine "Women's Cricket International".
[Sharmeen Khan died in 2018 - with her sister Shaiza
they were true Pioneers in Pakistan women's cricket]
- Those on the boundary
I have, almost without exception, been made to feel welcome at every
women's cricket match I have gone to watch. I have found friendship, companionship
and information readily available and there are a number of faces I look
forward to meeting at the start of every season, including those within
the England management, the players and their relatives.
- Many others
who have contributed all kinds of help and hints. At the time of writing
(2013 July) there are more than 100,000 files on this site contained in almost
1Gb. The majority of information in these has come from sources
around the globe. I have contributed relatively little!
... and, most important of all, ....
including, in particular, the
ENGLAND, VIPERS & SUSSEX TEAMS
... who I have enjoyed watching for a number of years now
to for many years into the future.