The ECB has today announced the six hosts selected to compete in the inaugural Women’s Cricket Super League this summer. The hosts are as follows:
- Hampshire Cricket (in conjunction with Berkshire, Dorset, the Isle of Wight, Oxfordshire, Sussex, Wiltshire and Southampton Solent University)
- Lancashire County Cricket Board
- Loughborough University
- South West (in conjunction with Somerset, Gloucestershire and the University of Exeter)
- Surrey County Cricket Club
- Yorkshire County Cricket Club
All six teams have been awarded hosting rights until the end of the 2019 season.
The big surprise is the omission of Middlesex, who submitted a bid in conjunction with the MCC, but were ultimately unsuccessful. It is likely that the ECB felt that having two London-based teams was simply not feasible.
Another interesting inclusion is Loughborough University. Despite the fact that the ECB’s National Performance Centre is based on site, the ECB has previously stated that grounds would need to meet a certain minimum standard in order to host WCSL games, and Clare Connor stated back at the original launch event last June that Loughborough’s on-site pitch was unlikely to meet the required standards.
The Super League will run from Saturday 30th July to Sunday 14th August, with the date of the final – along with team names for the six successful hosts – still TBC.