Women's Cricket Super League hosts announced - 14th January 2015
Last Thursday saw the ECB announce the six hosts that will be competing in the inaugural Women’s Cricket Super League this summer. This announcement was of particular interest to Wiltshire Cricket Limited as we form part of the consortium that backed the bid of Hampshire Cricket.
The six Women’s Cricket Super League hosts in full are:
- Hampshire Cricket with partners: Berkshire Cricket Ltd, Dorset Cricket Board, Isle of Wight Cricket Board, Oxfordshire Cricket, Southampton Solent University, Sussex Cricket Ltd, Wiltshire Cricket Ltd
- Lancashire County Cricket Board with partners: Lancashire County Cricket Club, Lancashire County Cricket Club Foundation
- Loughborough University
- South West: Somerset County Cricket Club, Gloucestershire County Cricket Club, University of Exeter
- Surrey County Cricket Club
- Yorkshire County Cricket Club
The announcement follows a rigorous bidding process over the last six months, which saw 28 different organisations express an interest in becoming a Women’s Cricket Super League host. As a partner of Hampshire Cricket we will now support them in forming a single Women’s Cricket Super League entity.
The Women’s Cricket Super League will start this summer with the Southern Team competing in a Twenty20 (T20) event against the other five teams. Thereafter the competition will include both T20 and 50-over formats. All six teams have been awarded hosting rights for a four year period from 2016-2019 inclusive.
Further details on the format and timing of the Women’s Cricket Super League, along with a team naming competition to identity our Southern Team, will be announced in due course.
ECB Director of England Women’s Cricket, Clare Connor, said:
“We are absolutely delighted to announce that Hampshire Cricket, with partners, will be one of our six Women’s Cricket Super League hosts for the next four years. The diverse and innovative partnership working from across the cricket and educational landscapes included within this south central bid is hugely exciting.
“Overall, the award process to identify the six hosts was competitive from the outset, and the interview panel was very impressed by the ambition displayed by all of the bids received.
“Our vision for the Women’s Cricket Super League is to create an exciting, dynamic and high quality domestic women’s game in England, where the world’s best players come together to drive performance standards and inspire women and girls to love cricket. Hampshire Cricket, and all five of the other hosts have passionately demonstrated that they share this aspiration and we are now really excited to work with them to deliver this next stage in the evolution of women’s cricket in this country.”
The key aims of the Women’s Cricket Super League include the development of ever higher standards for the England women’s team with greater competition for places, alongside inspiring more women and girls to play cricket at all levels. It will offer new opportunities, a new narrative for the game and new role models, as well as a network of host clubs linked to their communities.
Hampshire Cricket’s bid General Manager, Bobby Parks said:
“I am thrilled that Hampshire’s consortium bid to host one of the new Women’s Cricket Super League teams has been successful. This is an exciting opportunity to bring top class women’s cricket to the Ageas Bowl and to give the women and girl’s game a massive boost throughout the newly formed Southern Region. Our bid partners have an equal determination to grow women and girls cricket across the region and we look forward to combining our efforts to build further on strong foundations.”
Wiltshire Cricket Limited’s Development Manager, Peter Sykes said:
The Women’s Cricket Super League is a fantastic initiative which can only help with the supply of players in to what will hopefully be a very successful England team for years to come. However, in addition to this we hope that the Super League will act as a real catalyst for women and girls to start or continuing to play the game through the exciting format and exposure that this competition will give. For Wiltshire Cricket we are just hugely delighted that we are a partner of one of the Super League hosts; it provides us with an opportunity to work closely with Hampshire Cricket to understand what can be done to help grow the game locally. On the back of successful campaigns such as ‘This Girl Can’ this is a further boost to the female game and we look forward to seeing the impact that this can have on the real grassroots of the game.