You should have seen the smiles on the faces of the women from the NTTCC and their coach Zack when we presented them with the donated cricket equipment at the second Kartini Cup held in Bali from 28 to 30 March 2016.
The equipment they have been using up until now is very old and very basic so being able to give them a range of different bats, pads, balls and helmets should improve their cricket and their safety.
Cricket in Kupang, West Timor can be challenging at the best of times. During the dry season, games are usually played on soccer or athletics grounds with makeshift pitches covered in a piece of carpet. As a result the bounce can be very variable and sometimes dangerous. A decent set of pads and a helmet will be appreciated.
We have realized however that we need to find smaller, lighter bats and pads for the women if we can. Most of the equipment we have had donated so far has been second hand men’s equipment and although it is lighter than what they have had up until now, it’s still too heavy and large.
Thanks to everyone who has donated equipment. It is really appreciated but keep looking as we need more. Any size bats but we are particularly looking for kids bats, or smaller sizes such as harrows.