The Bristol Bobcats travel to Cambridge this Saturday for the opening day of the WB-UK national women’s league where they will take on Belles Baseball Club and Telford 26ers.

It is the first time in 80 years there will be an organised women’s baseball league in the UK with six teams from England and two teams from Scotland taking part.

The Bobcats will have five weekends of baseball this season as well as a national championship weekend planned for September.

There are currently 15 women playing and training with the club, many of whom also play in Bristol’s four other senior teams.

“It will be a historic day for women’s baseball in the UK and I know that the Bobcats can’t wait to get started,” said club director and Bobcats co-manager Molly Willcox. “We have been training really hard for this Saturday and can’t wait to get on the diamond to play.”

The first club derby of the baseball season is scheduled for this Sunday after all last weekend’s British Baseball Federation games were washed out.

The Bristol Bats will take on the Brunels, the club’s development team, at Somerdale Pavilion in Keynsham in the BBF/SWWBL double header with the first pitch at 12 noon.

Also at Somerdale, the Bristol Buccaneers welcome the Cornish Claycutters for their single A clash while the Badgers travel a short distance to Saltford to take on BC Vetra in the AAA division.