The Yorkshire Diamonds have completed the signing of three overseas stars for their foundation season in the Kia Super League, which starts in July.
Fans of the Diamonds are in for a treat, as South Africa’s new-ball specialist Shabnim Ismail will line up alongside England seamer Katherine Brunt to form a rapid new ball partnership. Australia’s Beth Mooney will return to Headingley having played 50-over cricket for Yorkshire last summer, and will be joined by national team-mate, batsman Alex Blackwell.
Each of the six Kia Super League teams have signed three overseas players to compete in the round-robin T20 event in July and August, with the top performers from the recent ICC Women’s World Twenty20 tournament all set to be involved.
Australia women’s and Yorkshire Diamond’s batsman, Alex Blackwell, said:
“It’s amazing to get an opportunity to play in the inaugural Kia Super League. I’m sure it will be a wonderful showcase for the game – not just for inspiring young girls to play, but also to inspire boys to play too.
“I have had a long career, but there are just so many really exciting things happening within the women’s game right now. I was very lucky to get the chance to captain the Sydney Thunder in the first Women’s Big Bash League in Australia, and it is just awesome to be a part of these evolutions in women’s cricket at the moment.
“The WBBL was an amazing success, and hopefully we can all build on that with the Kia Super League in England.
“The Yorkshire Diamonds certainly looks like it will be a very strong team to be a part of. But from my experience with the WBBL, it is not necessarily the big names on paper that will make the difference, it is going to be about how our team gels together overall, so I am really looking forward to being a part of this new Diamonds side, and helping to build a strong culture, and hopefully the results will take care of themselves.”
ECB Director of England Women’s Cricket, Clare Connor, said:
“One of the driving principles behind the establishment of the Kia Super League was to create a world class competition where the world’s best play. Revealing who the 18 overseas players will be today undoubtedly hits this mark. The six teams are all brimming with talent, quality and the very best female cricketers from across the world; the Kia Super League is set to be a brilliant showcase for the women’s game.
“Over the last few weeks, we have worked extensively with the Kia Super League teams to select the 18 overseas players from a pool of over 65 who expressed an interest in being involved this summer. To see the final allocations in black and white is very exciting and I cannot wait to see these teams in action now.”
Yorkshire overseas contingent are joined in the squad by England players Katherine Brunt,
Jenny Gunn, Danielle Hazell and Captain Lauren Winfield.
Kia Super League England women and overseas player allocations in full:
Team England Women Overseas Lancashire Thunder Kate Cross, Sarah Taylor (captain), Danielle Wyatt Sarah Coyte (Australia), Deandra Dottin (West Indies), Jess
Loughborough Lightning Georgia Elwiss, Rebecca Grundy, Amy Jones, Beth
Sophie Devine (New Zealand), Ellyse Perry (Australia), Dane
van Nierkerk (South Africa)
Southern Vipers Charlotte Edwards (captain), Natasha Farrant, Lydia
Suzie Bates (New Zealand), Sara McGlashan (New Zealand), Megan
Surrey Stars Tammy Beaumont, Laura Marsh, Natalie Sciver (captain) Rene Farrell (Australia), Marizanne Kapp (South
Africa), Meg Lanning (Australia)
Western Storm Heather Knight (captain), Anya Shrubsole, Fran Wilson Lizell Lee (South Africa), Rachel Priest (New Zealand), Stafanie
Taylor (West Indies)
Yorkshire Diamonds Katherine Brunt, Jenny Gunn,Danielle Hazell, Lauren Winfield (captain) Alex Blackwell (Australia), Beth Mooney (Australia), Shabnim
Ismail (South Africa)
Overseas players will receive a standardised tournament participation fee, match fee for each game that they compete in, plus expenses throughout the preparation and competition phases.