women's cricket, Rachael Heyhoe Flint Trophy

Sparks ignite campaign with nervy finish at Edgbaston

There were times during the Rachael Heyhoe Flint Trophy match at Edgbaston where North West Thunder looked dead and buried. But although Central Sparks won by four wickets with six overs to spare, it felt much closer.

It was a tough day for the batters on both sides, on a well-used but decent looking pitch. Thunder were struggling from the very first ball when Laura Marshall could...

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Preview - Rachael Heyhoe Flint Trophy

The Rachael Heyhoe Flint Trophy starts today. It is a testament to the hard work of many that this tournament ever got off the ground. Working around a global pandemic is never easy – as the England team have found out when India and then South Africa dropped out of their respective tours.

The new regional hubs were due to be rolled out this year. There is a sense of the familiar in...

Women's World Cup Semi-final

Selection issues begin to clear as England squad find their groove

By its very nature, cricket is a game with rhythm at its core. The sound of the ball off the bat, the clapping on hands in the field or the crowd permitting the acknowledgement of a piece of skill with a gentle round of applause.

In the latest intra-squad game at Derby, that rhythm is starting to reappear. The bowlers look more reassured, they are finding their line and length and...

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Familiar names amongst the runs as England's build-up continues

Team Brittin 362 for 4 (T. Beaumont 73, D. Wyatt 52, N. Sciver 92, S. Dunkley 42*) beat Team Heyhoe Flint 210 all out (E. Lamb 61) by 152 runs.

There was something reassuring about seeing England’s established top order score runs in the latest training game ahead of the one-day series against South Africa next month.

The one exception being Amy Jones, who failed to...

Cricket women's sport

Paul Shaw appointed North West Thunder Head Coach

In anticipation of the new regional hub competition, the North West Hub still under the Thunder identity have appointed as their head coach Paul Shaw.

Shaw, 53, has experience in the women’s game having coached England to back to back Ashes wins and held various job titles while at the ECB. One of those roles was to turn the England side from a part-time team into a professional set-...

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Surrey pick up first London Cup title as women's cricket returns

Surrey beat Middlesex to lift the London Cup for the first time in the annual competition as elite women's cricket returned at last.

There were some reassuring signs at the Kia Oval. While the spectators were absent, the pigeons feasted on the edge of the square and the busy sounds of South London carried on outside the ground.

The London Cup is fast becoming an intriguing...

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Middlesex, Essex and Northants hub to play as Sunrisers

The first of the new England and Wales Cricket Board domestic regional hubs has been branded as the Sunrisers. The team will compete in a new elite women's competition, which was due to start this summer but has been delayed due to the coronavirus crisis.

The team will represent Middlesex, Essex, Northamptonshire and the MCC as well as the minor counties of Hertfordshire,...

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NatWest CricketForce to supply clubs with essentials for returning to play

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NatWest CricketForce is back for the summer of 2020, but as cricket clubs across the country contend with returning to play in the wake of COVID-19, the focus this year has shifted to ensuring clubs can support their volunteer community and enable them to return to cricket confidently.

Like previous years NatWest CricketForce is all about bringing clubs together to work towards a...

women's sport

Women events could be first to see crowds return

The goverment are considering using the resumption of elite women's cricket and football as test events for crowds to return to mainstream sport in the UK.

According to The Times, England's proposed cricket tri-series against India and South Africa and the new Women's Super League season could be the first action played in front of fans since the lockdown started in March. Men's...

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England left to wait for tri-series confirmation

The England and Wales Cricket Board have repeated their desire for England's women to play against India and South Africa this summer but are not yet in a position to confirm the tri-series will go ahead.

England were due to play both India and South Africa in separate series this summer before international matches were postponed due to coronavirus. The plan is now for all three...