WSCL - Southern Vipers - More Information
Wiltshire Cricket have agreed to be partners in the Southern Central Super League bid process. Based out of the Ageas Bowl, the partners include:
- Hampshire – ECB Div 2
- Sussex – ECB Div 1
- Dorset – ECB Div 4 South & West
- Wiltshire – ECB Div 4 South & West
- Berkshire – ECB Div 1 (and by association Buckinghamshire – ECB Div 4 South & West)
- Oxfordshire – ECB Div 3
- Isle of Wight
- Southampton Solent University
The objectives are to provide high quality competitive league environment for the players. Create a defined player pathway and increase awareness in the game.
The competition will develop into a T20 and 50 over format. However in the first year (2016) it will remain as a T20 only format with matches being played between 30 July and 14 August, with the finals day on 20/21 August.
While promotional elements to the team were going to be publicised, for speed, decisions were made by the organising group without the input of the other partners.
The team will be called the Southern Vipers and will be coaches by Berkshire head Coach Nick Denning. Matches will all be played at the Ageas Bowl and the adjacent Nursery Ground.
Team colours will be orange shirts and black trousers.
The playing squad will have 15 players, with their selection broken down as:
- 3 England Appointed players
- 3 England Academy Appointed players
- 3 Overseas players (although 5 may be approached to participate)
- 6 players not in the three categories above.
NB – That will mean that the seven counties, plus Isle of Wight and Solent University will provide six players between them.
The remaining six players will be selected by the Vipers selection panel. Note that Wiltshire have recommended eight players for consideration. It is likely that the remaining six counties will all have recommended at least the same number. Therefore selection will be interesting.
Training for the full squad will take place during the latter part of April 2016. However there is scope for this programme to be supported by an academy development programme as well. At this time we have no indication as to how many players this would incorporate.
Anticipated training bases for these programmes are:
- Reading – Using Berkshire coaches
- Arundel – Using Sussex coaches
- Ageas Bowl – Using Hampshire coaches
Coach development for other counties coaches would take the form of coaches being invited to observe these development sessions. There are currently no plans to expand coaching opportunities outside of these three counties.
A further update on WCSL will be passed onto clubs as soon as we have it.