- Yorkshire Diamonds to host Loughborough Lightning in the opening match on Saturday 30th July at Headingley
- Two home matches to be played at Headingley
The inaugural Women’s Cricket Super League will “shine bright like a diamond” this summer after Yorkshire County Cricket Club revealed that their team will be known as the Yorkshire Diamonds.
Coached by former Yorkshire Vikings one-day star Richard Pyrah, Yorkshire Diamonds will play alongside the following five teams, announced by the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) alongside the playing schedule today:
|Team Name||Host Details|
|Lancashire Thunder||Lancashire Cricket Board with partners|
|Loughborough Lightning||Loughborough University|
|Southern Vipers||Hampshire Cricket with partners|
|Surrey Stars||Surrey County Cricket Club|
|Western Storm||Somerset County Cricket Club, Gloucestershire County Cricket Club, University of Exeter|
|Yorkshire Diamonds||Yorkshire County Cricket Club|
The tournament, which will feature 90 of the most talented female players from England and across the world, will see the six new teams take part in a round-robin Twenty20 competition from Saturday July 30 to Sunday August 14. It will include 15 group matches in 16 days and climax with a finals day on Sunday August 21.
Headingley will host two matches including the Women’s Cricket Super League opener when Yorkshire Diamonds host Loughborough Lightning on Saturday July 30 (2.30pm start). The Diamonds will also end their season at the home of Yorkshire Cricket against Western Storm on Sunday August 14 (2.30pm start).
After the last round of group matches, the Essex County Ground in Chelmsford will host a finals day on Sunday August 21 to decide the winner of the inaugural competition.
Yorkshire County Cricket Club’s Chief Executive, Mark Arthur, said:
“This is a momentous day for Yorkshire Cricket. We are delighted to welcome Yorkshire Diamonds to the family. Cricket is one of the fastest-growing female sports in the country and to be part of the inaugural Women’s Cricket Super League is very special for the Club and the local region.
“We aim to make the Yorkshire Diamonds, through our partnership with Leeds Becket University, an integral part of the Yorkshire sporting landscape and ultimately see the Diamonds become the most prosperous professional female team in the region through success on the field and a vibrant supporter base off it.”
ECB Director of England Women’s Cricket, Clare Connor, added:
“Today represents another huge step towards delivering our vision of creating a dynamic, inspirational and high quality domestic women’s game in England. The fixture list includes some exciting prospects, none less so than Yorkshire Diamonds’ final weekend of action, taking on Lancashire Thunder at Emirates Old Trafford on Friday 12th August followed by hosting Western Storm on Sunday 14th August at Headingley.
“This time last year the Women’s Cricket Super League was simply a concept, and now we have six exciting new teams, some innovative partnerships and a fixture list that includes at least 11 matches being played at seven different First Class grounds across the country.
“As each stage of the process unfolds, we keep striving to push new boundaries. We are now looking forward to working with the Yorkshire Diamonds and the other five teams over the next few weeks to reveal their kits, colours and brands, as well as the central competition logo and branding.”
The key aims of the Women’s Cricket Super League include the development of 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 six new teams linked to their communities.
The six selected hosts provide a strong geographical spread and encompass diverse partnership working from across the cricket and educational landscapes. In total, seven First Class counties, five Non-First Class counties and three universities are involved, creating a collaborative, imaginative and wide-ranging project.
The Women’s Cricket Super League will expand from only including Twenty20 (T20) cricket in 2016 to incorporating both T20 and 50-over formats in future seasons. All six teams have been awarded hosting rights for a four-year period from 2016-2019 inclusive.
Yorkshire Diamonds 2016 Fixture Schedule
Yorkshire Diamonds v Loughborough Lightning
Saturday July 30 2016
Headingley (2.30pm start)
Surrey Stars v Yorkshire Diamonds
Thursday August 4 2016
Kia Oval (6.30pm start)
Southern Vipers v Yorkshire Diamonds
Monday August 8 2016
Ageas Bowl Nursery Ground (2.00pm start)
Lancashire Thunder v Yorkshire Diamonds
Friday August 12 2016
Emirates Old Trafford (6.00pm start)
Yorkshire Diamonds v Western Storm
Sunday August 14 2016
Headingley (2.30pm start)
Women’s Super League Finals Day
Sunday August 21 2016
Essex County Ground, Chelmsford