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The first official organised women’s cricket match was between the Fernleas and the Siroccos, (respectively captained by sisters Nellie and Lily Gregory), on 15 April 1887 at the Association Ground, now the Sydney Cricket Ground. A crowd of 600 attended and raised money for the Bulli relief fund. Australian women have always been enthusiastic spectators at cricket matches and soon proved themselves to be just as keen players of the sport. From the last decade of the 19th century, teams and clubs for women and girls were formed and the first intercolonial, now interstate, matches were played.
Cricket’s popularity and its acceptance as an appropriate sport for ladies waxed and waned over the next few decades. In 1931, the Australian Women’s Cricket Council (AWCC) was formed in 1931 to promote and support the sport. In the 1930s the first international matches were played between England and Australia.