THE Warrnambool and District Cricket Association is closing in on its own women's competition with interest significantly spiking within the community.
Sarah Richards, who is spokesperson for the WDCA's newest frontier, said dates on when a five-game competition will begin are yet to be decided by the association.
But a come and try day is set down for November 3 at Active Sportz on Mortlake Road with the the event being used to improve the skills of women intending to play in the competition.
The rules of the proposed competition would be taken, as a staring point, from the under 17 twenty20 playing conditions.
Games will be played on a turf or a hard wicket (if a turf wicket is not prepared to play on) with a maximum of eight balls an over and five overs per end.
WDCA chairperson Gordon McLeod and women's cricket director Jodi Keane along with South West Sport's Andrew Sloane have been working together to establish the competition.
Richards said close to 25 women had already stated their interest in helping expand the sport.
But the Allansford under 14s coach and South Warrnambool footballer encouraged more women to think about giving the sport a go.
"You don't really need to be fit to play like some of those other sports where you do need a cardiovascular basis of fitness," the 30-year-old told The Standard.
"This is a lot more fun and it's brand new and it's not going to have that major competitiveness side.
"It's just going to be more social, to get it started up and happening in Warrnambool, so anyone can play it."
Richards, who has played cricket previously in Hamilton and back home in England, said it was thrilling to see the sport evolving in her adopted hometown.
"I have been waiting for cricket to come over here so I am really excited to start playing again," she said.
Richards said the competition was friendly to players of all skill levels.
The WDCA already has an established under 17 competition and started gauging interest on women's cricket at the beginning of last season.
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