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20:00 – The Surrey Stars are now front and center of Surrey’s Twitter profile; and tickets are on sale at kiaoval.com.
12.25 – Interesting to see that at least some KSL teams are charging for match tickets (given that most standalone WBBL games were free entry). Loughborough Lightning tickets are £8 for adults, £1 for U16s; Southern Vipers tickets are £5 for adults and £1 for U17s; and Lancashire Thunder are charging £5 for adults and £1 for U18s.
11:30 – Every team has posted on Twitter this morning with their exciting breaking news, except… go on… guess which one?
10:20 – All 4 Loughborough Lightning players are current or former students at the university.
10:00 – Lots of fans pledging their allegiance today based on their favourite players rather than the location of the team – ECB need to bear this in mind – it is the players that build the emotional connections for the fans – the shirt just re-enforces that.
9:55 – Interesting questions about what happens in next / subsequent years. Retirements (of which we expect at least 3 after 2017) could substantially impact the balance of the KSL- e.g. one team in particular likely to lose two of their 3 England players to retirement after the 2017 World Cup.
9:40 – Tickets for Lancashire Thunder at eticketing.co.uk/lccc/Events – click KSL checkbox on the left!
9:35 – Tickets for Southern Vipers at eticketing.co.uk/ageasbowl
9:30 – Tickets for Loughborough Lightning available online at loughboroughsport.com.
9:12 – Still waiting for an announcement about Surrey Stars on the official @ Twitter account – we have been holding our breath for 42 minutes now… and we’re getting a bit blue!
9:10 – Western Storm having Knight and Shrubsole is a surprise, though they both have local geographical roots in the south west – but is it “balanced” to have the best T20 bowler in the world and the England vice-captain on the same team?
9:05 – As far as we can see, Loughborough Lightning have not announced a captain. If we were reading too much into this, we might be thinking that this is a further indication that they expect to announce a huge overseas star… and they don’t come huger than Ellyse Perry 😉
9:02 – Captains – Sarah Taylor, Charlotte Edwards, Nat Sciver, Heather Knight, Lauren Winfield.
8:47 – At least as far as the England players go, Southern Vipers are Kent all the way. But expect to see some Berkshire names in later announcements…!
8:46 – Have Loughborough Lightning drawn the short straw? They are the only side with no “marquee” England player… but could their consolation prize be Ellyse Perry, who will be living nearby when she moves to England with her husband this summer?
8:45 – Why no Surrey Stars Twitter account? Apparently they see the Stars and the Surrey men’s side as one club with one Twitter account – a Twitter account that so far doesn’t seem terribly interested in KSL – no mention of today’s announcements yet.
8:40 – Yorkshire Diamonds look a very strong side – based on the Yorkshire team which won last season’s County Championship, with added Jenny Gunn!
- Kate Cross
- Danni Wyatt
- Sarah Taylor
- Becky Grundy
- Georgia Elwiss
- Amy Jones
- Beth Langston
- Charlotte Edwards
- Tash Farrant
- Lydia Greenway
- Nat Sciver
- Laura Marsh
- Tammy Beaumont
- Heather Knight
- Anya Shrubsole
- Fran Wilson
- Lauren Winfield
- Katherine Brunt
- Dani Hazell
- Jenny Gunn
8:27 – Follow the teams on Twitter with our Totally Unofficial List!
8:25 – Did the players chose who they wanted to play for? The players were consulted, but ultimately the decisions were made by the ECB in the interests of creating a balanced competition.
8:24 – Do the players know yet? Yes – they have know for several weeks; but they have been asked to keep it quiet!
8:23 – What about the other players? The overseas (international) and England “Academy” players are expected to be announced at a later date.
8:20 – What’s being announced today? Which England contracted players are playing for which teams – each of the six teams are expected to announce 3 (in some cases 4) England contracted players.
8:15 – Welcome to our Live Blog of the KSL England player announcements – we are expecting the news to start coming in at around 8:30am. We’ll start things off with some FAQs…