The Northern Diamonds will be hoping to go one better in both the Rachael Heyhoe Flint Trophy and the Charlotte Edwards Cup, as their search for silverware begins against Loughborough Lightning on Saturday 14 May.

Hollie Armitage’s Diamonds get their 20-over campaign underway with away trips to Loughborough and the Thunder before taking on Southern Vipers at home on Saturday 21 May.

Their opening game at Headingley then takes place on Sunday 29 May with northern rivals Thunder the visitors, before taking on Loughborough at Emirates Riverside on Wednesday 1 June.

The 2021 finalists then take a trip south to take on the Vipers at the Ageas Bowl on Saturday 4 June before the Rachael Heyhoe Flint Trophy commences against Thunder on Saturday 2 July. Headingley will host the second 50-over game with Sunrisers the visitors on Saturday 9 July.

Away trips to New Road and Beckenham fall either side of home game at Emirates Riverside as the Diamonds take on Loughborough on Saturday 23 July.

Western Storm are the hosts for the penultimate 50-over group game at Taunton on Sunday 11 September before the season draws to a close with a home fixture against Southern Vipers at Headingley on Saturday 17 September.

Northern Diamonds Director of Cricket James Carr said: “Last year was action packed, and this year will be even more so.

“The growth of women’s cricket, the coverage and reach it is getting is really exciting. Not only the players, but spectators and those in club cricket have got something to look forward to.

“It’s certainly the goal to go one better this year, having reached three finals but been runners up on all occasions. We think we’ve got a strong side; we’ve lost a couple of players but we’ve also contracted more players. We’ll look to make a couple of signings and hopefully we can go one better this year.

“Globally, it’s a really exciting year for women’s cricket. As a cricket fan there’s always something on the TV or something to go and watch. There’s a lot of domestic cricket to look forward to, some marquee events in the forms of an Ashes series, World Cup and Commonwealth Games. The reach and presence of these series is fantastic for the game.”

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