Saturday’s fixture on the Wilson Carlisle Ground may have seemed like any normal Saturday. The 7th round of the BCL, Falkland’s top placed Development XI welcomed the only other unbeaten side in their division; Checkendon.
What transpired was a whole lot more special! Holly Rider, already one of Falkland’s most promising stars, Captain of our league winning Women’s 1st XI, a regular player for Berkshire, part of the Southern Vipers set up and one of the nicest and most humble girls you could possibly meet, (and all this at just 16 years of age!) took to the crease and, having scored 80 just the previous evening, (helping our Under 19 girls squad to victory in the National Knockout competition!) put on a remarkable 104* to make her maiden league century. As fate would have it, Holly’s century, on the eve of Father’s Day, saw her proud dad right there with her for the special moment, as he watched from the non strikers end, beaming with pride and possibly a little watery eyed! We are almost certain that this is an historic innings in other ways too, as we believe (but are awaiting confirmation!) that this is the first century scored by a female in the league. Whether this proves to be yet another barrier that’s been broken by Holly and our many talented Women Cricketers or not, we as a club are immensely proud of Holly, for everything she has achieved to date, and the many successes that her future undoubtedly holds, we are honoured that she calls Falkland home!