Girls' Eyre Peninsula cricket league formed after Twenty20 day at Wudinna

The success of Sunday's girls' cricket Twenty20 day at Wudinna has led to the creation of a new Eyre Peninsula girls cricket competition, with matches to start in Port Lincoln this Friday.

A total of 27 girls from Port Lincoln, Ceduna, Cleve, Kimba, Elliston, Wirrulla, Streaky Bay, Lock, Cummins and Wudinna aged between 10 and 16 took part in the Twenty20 at Wudinna on November 24.

An Eyre Peninsula representative side was also selected to play in the Country Cup in the Barossa Valley in January.

Organiser Cindy Best said it was a "really good day" and a positive first step for girls' cricket in the region.

She said the age of the girls provided hope for long-term growth of the sport across Eyre Peninsula.

"To know there are that many girls interested was fantastic," she said.

"We had a lot of girls aged between 10 and 12, which is great for the years going forward.

"I was overwhelmed by the number of girls there and I think they enjoyed playing against other girls - some had not played cricket before but they improved so much by the end of the day."

A sub-committee of the Eyre Peninsula Junior Cricket Association was also formed to focus on the women's game, coordinated by Port Lincoln's Adele Kingdon and Kate Scholz of Le Hunte.

A new competition has been formed, called the Eyre Peninsula Girls Cricket League, with games starting this weekend and running through to late March or early April.

The teams are based on four zones - Blue (Port Lincoln), Maroon (Great Flinders/Tumby Bay), Yellow (Kimba/Eastern Eyre) and Black (Le Hunte/Streaky Bay/Far West).

The first match will be this Friday, December 6 with Blue hosting Maroon at Navigator College, while Yellow will host Black at Kimba on Sunday, December 8.

Ms Best said the day at Wudinna gave girls' cricket on Eyre Peninsula the push it needed, with the South Australian Cricket Association hoping to further expand the women's game across the state.

"I feel like we have a pathway now, we feel like we have a direction and a committee which is driving it," she said.

"There are very passionate parents on the committee.

"I came away feeling very positive about girls cricket on Eyre Peninsula."

Anyone interested in playing can contact the zone coordinators for more information: Adele Kingdon (Blue) on 0428 852 125, Rob Shirley (Maroon) on 0419 034 681, Darren Hunt (Yellow) on 0428 274 045 or Kate Scholz (Black) on 0402 662 554.

Eyre Peninsula squad

The Eyre Peninsula representative squad for January's Country Cup is: Hannah Evans (Eastern Eyre), Allyce Fatchen (Tumby Bay), Scarlett Hunt (Kimba), Ava Jenner (Eastern Eyre), Aleysha Penna (Eastern Eyre), Billie Scholz (Le Hunte), Alyssa Siebert (Port Lincoln), Ella Simpson (Port Lincoln), Jordan Tonkin (Far West), Kiana Tonkin (Eastern Eyre), Taylah Walladge (Port Lincoln) and Claira Weiss (Eastern Eyre).