ECB launches Ladies’s Regional T20 alongside Rachel Heyhoe Flint Trophy
A brand new regional girls’s T20 match has been confirmed by the ECB for the summer time of 2021, alongside the return of the 50-over Rachel Heyhoe Flint Trophy.
The rise in fixtures comes after the ECB awarded 41 full-time home contracts on the finish of final 12 months, along with the 17 centrally contracted England Ladies gamers.
The Rachel Heyhoe Flint Trophy will likely be performed in two blocks, commencing on Could 29 and with the ultimate on September 25. Southern Vipers, who gained the inaugural competitors, will start their defence towards Lightning on the Ageas Bowl, with fixtures on the opening weekend additionally being performed at Headingley, Chelmsford and Bristol.
The center of the summer time will likely be taken up with the Ladies’s Regional T20, beginning on June 26. The eight groups will likely be break up into two teams, enjoying one another house and away; Finals Day will likely be held on September 5, with the best-placed group winner going straight into the ultimate, and the opposite group winner and best-placed runner-up contesting the semi-final.
Northern Diamonds will tackle Lightning at Headingley in an area derby to kick off the opening spherical of the WRT20, with fixtures additionally staged at Trent Bridge, Edgbaston and Taunton.
The return of a home girls’s T20 match comes after the profitable Kia Tremendous League was scrapped in 2019 to make approach for the Hundred.
“This promises to be a truly memorable summer of cricket for the women’s game,” Clare Conner, the ECB’s managing director of ladies’s cricket, stated. “We aren’t solely set to additional professionalise the sport with extra gamers on full-time contracts than ever earlier than however, crucially, we are going to showcase our sport to extra younger ladies throughout England and Wales in order that they’ll say cricket is a sport for them.
“I’m significantly proud that we’ll proceed to maneuver ahead with Rachael Heyhoe Flint’s title, with every part she represented for girls’s cricket, firmly entrenched in our journey.
“The launch of women’s regional cricket last summer, despite the challenges caused by the pandemic, was another significant step forward for our domestic game. We are now looking forward to seeing those regional teams play twice as much cricket this summer with the addition of the T20 competition.”
England Ladies are scheduled to play two worldwide sequence this summer time, with fixtures – in addition to these for the Hundred – nonetheless to be confirmed.
Ladies’s Regional T20
Group A: Southern Vipers, Central Sparks, South East Stars, Lightning
Group B: Northern Diamonds, Western Storm, Sunrisers, Thunder
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