The Second Women’s Super League (also known as Kia Super League) season slated between August 10 to September 1 is starting today. The match scheduled for Thursday will be something to watch out for as defending champions Southern Vipers host Heather Knight’s Western Storm.
The first Women’s Super League was conducted in 2016 with six teams playing T20 format. It is a semi professional women’s cricket that carries out in England and Wales. The 2016 title was taken by Defending Champion Southern Vipers, led by Charlotte Edwards against Western Storm (Runners-up) by seven wickets at county cricket ground, Chelmsford.
The matches would be broadcasted Live on Sky Sports. Every team will play with the five others at least once. The top three teams would advance to Finals Day at Hove on 1st of September. The second and third placed teams would play a preliminary match, and the winners would play the leading team in the series.
The Vipers last season won five of their six games to win the title by winning their final match by six wickets. The players like Arran Brindle, an All-rounder who was unbeaten in all four of her innings can turn out for the national side, along with New Zealand skipper Suzie Bates, Edwards, Brindle and hard-hitter Hayley Matthews of West Indies joining from Lancashire Thunder will depend on their trophy for Vipers.
The 24th July women’s world cup final that was held at the Lord’s Stadium in London saw a crowd of 26,000 people to see the England’s dramatic final win over India. More than 1.1 million people watched the match on the television.
The Women’s Super League is the first series being conducted in Women’s category after the recent world cup. The league comes across the perfect time for fans and players and involves one of the best players from the World Cup.
The series would see if the women’s cricket maintains the momentum and interest that was created during the world cup.
10 August – Southern Vipers v Western Storm, Southampton**
11 August – Yorkshire Diamonds v Lancashire Thunder, Leeds**
12 August – Western Storm v Loughborough Lightning, Taunton**
13 August – Surrey Stars v Yorkshire Diamonds, London**
15 August – Loughborough Lightning v Southern Vipers, Derby**
16 August – Lancashire Thunder v Surrey Stars, Manchester**
18 August – Loughborough Lightning v Yorkshire Diamonds, Loughborough
20 August – Lancashire Thunder v Loughborough Lightning, Blackpool
20 August – Southern Vipers v Surrey Stars, Southampton
20 August – Yorkshire Diamonds v Western Storm, York
23 August – Lancashire Thunder v Southern Vipers, Liverpool
23 August – Surrey Stars v Western Storm, London
26 August – Surrey Stars v Loughborough Lightning, London
26 August – Western Storm v Lancashire Thunder, Bristol
26 August – Southern Vipers v Yorkshire Diamonds, Arundel
1 September – Finals Day, Hove
Danielle Hazell (capt), Sarah Taylor, Kate Cross, Amy Satterthwaite (o), Jess Jonassen (o), Lea Tahuhu (o), Sophie Ecclestone, Emma Lamb, Eve Jones, Ellie Threlkeld, Natasha Miles, Natalie Brown, Alice Dyson, Rachel Dickinson, Ella Telford.
Georgia Elwiss (capt), Amy Jones, Beth Langston, Ellyse Perry (o), Kristen Beams (o), Elyse Villani (o), Paige Scholfield, Thea Brookes, Georgia Boyce, Becky Grundy, Sonia Odedra, Marie Kelly, Sarah Glenn, Lucy Higham, Abi Freeborn.
Charlotte Edwards (capt), Tash Farrant, Danielle Wyatt, Suzie Bates (o), Mignon du Preez (o), Hayley Matthews (o), Georgia Adams, Katie George, Linsey Smith, Ellen Burt, Arran Brindle, Tara Norris, Izzy Collis, Carla Rudd, Charlie Dean.
Natalie Sciver (capt), Tammy Beaumont, Laura Marsh, Alex Hartley, Marizanne Kapp (o), Lizelle Lee (o), Rene Farrell (o), Bryony Smith, Sophia Dunkley, Grace Gibbs, Aylish Cranstone, Hannah Jones, Naomi Dattani, Kirstie White, Cordelia Griffith.
Heather Knight (capt), Anya Shrubsole, Fran Wilson, Holly Huddleston (o), Stafanie Taylor (o), Rachel Priest (o), Georgia Hennessy, Sophie Luff, Freya Davies, Danielle Gibson, Claire Nicholas, Lauren Parfitt, Jodie Dibble, Amara Carr, Alice Macleod.
Lauren Winfield (capt), Katherine Brunt, Jenny Gunn, Chamari Athapaththu (o), Sune Luus (o), Sophie Devine (o), Hollie Armitage, Alice Davidson-Richards, Anna Nicholls, Katie Levick, Steph Butler, Laura Crofts, Teresa Graves, Maddie Walsh, Katie Thompson.
Surrey Stars team has three of the World Cup winners’ best performers – Sciver, spinner Alex Hartley and Beaumont – along with big-hitting Lizelle Lee and. Marizanne Kapp – one of the fastest bowlers in the world.
Chamari Atapattu (Yorkshire Diamonds): Sri Lankan opener. World Cup sensation. Unbeaten 178 against Australia an innings with 22 fours and six huge maximums at Bristol. First player from a South Asian team to play in the KSL.
Ellyse Perry (Loughborough Lightning): Australian. One of the best all-rounders in the world. Top scorer at Lightning, last season and led them to Finals Day.
Tammy Beaumont (Surrey Stars): She provides a steady head at the top of the order. Has explosive attacking flair that leaves most teams surprised.
Arran Brindle (Southern Vipers): The former England player. Offers middle-order power and the spin to surprise world’s best batters.
Sarah Taylor (Lancashire Thunder): The England wicketkeeper. Excelled in her first Super League season.
Stafanie Taylor (Western Storm): The West Indian all-rounder player. She was in superb form for the runners-up in the inaugural Super League, 2016.