Cricket in Melbourne’s north will take the next step, with the North Metro Cricket Association to face City South Bayside in a women’s representative T20 match.

The two associations, which hold regular women’s competitions, believe it’s the first time in Cricket Victoria history that two women’s sides from different competitions have played each other.

NMCA’s Lenore Smith said both herself and Cricket Southern Bayside’s general manager Warren Griffin, were thrilled their two competitions were participating in the first ever inter association women’s representative match in Melbourne.

“The NMCA and CSB are delighted to extend the opportunity for women within our community to play the game of cricket and to celebrate and honour their achievements and love for the game. Grassroots cricket is vital for the health of cricket.

“Increasing participation opportunities to all sectors of the community; women, differently abled, CALD groups and girls is essential for the growth of the game.”

The NMCA’s women’s competition started in 2015-16 and has expanded to 17 teams, from 16 different clubs. One player from each of those clubs will play in the representative match.

The game starts at 6pm on February 15 at Ruthven Reserve, Donald Street, Preston.