NEWS: ECB Announce Super League Hosts

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.

8 thoughts on “NEWS: ECB Announce Super League Hosts

  1. Interesting contrast.
    WBBL has been built in the back of the successful BBL and been able to use the brand that the BBL had created and nutured and the promotional capabilities already established. In effect they have expanded the BBL to include the WBBL. There will be so such foundation on which the WSL can build.
    The WBBL is centred on high volume population centres that have a clear identity (Sydney 4,840,628; Melbourne 4,440,328; Brisbane 2,274,460; Perth 2,021,203, Adelaide 1,304,631 and even Hobart 219,200 can probably rely on island mentality to draw from the 514,700 Tasmanians. The WSL (even using greater urban values rather than city) has London 12,208,100, Manchester 2,732,854, Leeds 1,499,465, Southampton 239,700, Taunton 64,621 and Loughborough 59,317. It’s going to be one hell of a challenge, especially for Hampshire, South West and Loughborough to draw in anything like the numbers the WBBL achieved. I’m no marketing expert but this looks like a really difficult thing to succeed with. Good luck to those with the guts to give it a go.


  2. Is there any indication about who the headline sponsor maybe for the WSL. I’m certain that the ECB have done their sums and have found their financing shrewdly, also I guess Sky have some gaps in their timetable with BT Sport etc.

    But for this to be anymore than a vanity project this needs to filter down into the county and then recreational structure effectively.

    Like women’s football the franchises need to bring a quality product and also increase attendance. Otherwise the game will not sell to the wider media whilst attracting the next generation of fans.
    I would say quietly that the England women’s cricket teams profile has declined and is in the shadow of football and hockey.

    But this is a new start for the game I hope some of the County power houses will be able to join the WSL party soon and the England side will thrive under Mark Robinson, An opportunity not to be missed and we will have to support the WSL.


  3. ECB pre-empting questions the franchise question made me chuckle.

    Reading between the lines; Sky TV & BBC Radio no terrestrial interest.

    The timetable for expanding the WSL to one day cricket is now more flexible than the original bold plan.

    Still no answers on how the existing county structure will co exist and support the movement of players.

    Anyone know who the other 3 unlucky bidders were?


  4. Teams are to play 10 matches in 16 days as they play each other home and away. Even if there is remuneration for playing in this league, will the many participating players from outside the central contracts be able to get all this time off work?
    Otherwise, really hope this works. but sceptical about how much England will benefit from something that only occupies a few weeks of the season. The bread and butter domestic cricket next year will still be the County Champs, and England won’t really benefit until the Super League provides season long competition in both 20 and 50 over formats.


    • According to CC there is match remuneration but if we assume that existing ECB contracted players potentially fill approx 4 slots in each team plus 2 overseas players that leaves 5 (or more squad players) to be sourced for each franchise.

      On the plus side the timing of the competition may benefit players of University and school age at least. But will the squad players be adequately remunerated.

      Plenty of opportunities afoot for those willing to make a sacrifice.


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