James Carr is expecting a wide open summer of regional women’s cricket following the release of the Northern Diamonds fixture schedule.

The ECB have released the dates for both an expanded 50-over Rachael Heyhoe Flint Trophy and the Regional Twenty20 competition.

Last summer, Carr, the director of women’s cricket for Yorkshire and the North East, oversaw the Diamonds run to the final of the shortened 50-over Trophy alongside head coach Dani Hazell, when they were beaten by Southern Vipers at Edgbaston.

He is confident of going one step further in both 50-over and T20 cricket and claiming silverware.

But he is also expecting increased competition from those sides who struggled in 2020.

“There will be expectation on us because of how things went,” he said.

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