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Charlotte Edwards Cup T20 – CEC T20 2021 – Fixtures, Squads, Venues – All you need to Know

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The ECB Women's Regional T20 Competition has been named the Charlotte Edwards Cup.

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The competition, which kicks off this weekend, sees the eight women's regional teams go head to head in T20 cricket.

Charlotte Edwards CBE is England Women's most-capped player. Captain of her country from 2006-2016, she led the team to three Ashes wins, an ICC Women's World Cup and an ICC Women's T20 World Cup.

She played in the first-ever international T20 match, against New Zealand at Hove in 2004, and is England Women's leading run-scorer in IT20 cricket.

ECB Managing Director of Women's Cricket, Clare Connor, said: "It’s powerful to be able to connect the women’s regional game with such iconic figures in women’s cricket. Last year we named the 50-over competition after Rachael Heyhoe Flint, and now this.

"There are numerous individuals who have served English cricket with distinction who we could have chosen, but we felt with Lottie's relevance to the T20 game and her excellence as a player in the international T20 format, it was most fitting for the competition to take her name.

"Lottie is a true legend of English cricket. She led from the front as a player and she's now giving back to the game as a coach, helping our domestic players have the best chance of potentially going on to represent the national side. The players who will compete in the Charlotte Edwards Cup can now realistically aspire to stepping up to compete on the international stage, and that's truly exciting."

Charlotte Edwards said: "It's a huge honour to have my name attached to the competition. The regional players who'll take part in the competition are at the beginning of such an exciting journey, and the pathway has progressed and developed so far since I was in their position.

"I hope, like we saw with the Rachael Heyhoe Flint Trophy, that players from across the eight teams can continue to impress at regional level and push hard for international selection. The new domestic set-up is a real game-changer for women's cricket in this country and I'm really proud to be a part of it."

 

Squads

 

Lightning - Kathryn Bryce (c), Grace Ballinger, Tammy Beaumont, Sarah Bryce, Bethan Ellis, Abbey Freeborn, Kirstie Gordon, Teresa Graves, Yvonne Graves, Nancy Harman, Lucy Higham, Leah Kellogg, Michaela Kirk, Ellie Mitchell, Sophie Munro, Sonia Odedra, Shachi Pai, Alicia Presland

 

Central Sparks - Eve Jones (c), Emily Arlott, Hannah Baker, Clare Boycott, Thea Brookes, Steph Butler, Gwen Davies, Poppy Davies, Georgia Davis, Ria Fackrell, Sarah Glenn, Chloe Hill, Milly Home, Amy Jones, Marie Kelly, Anisha Patel, Grace Potts, Liz Russell, Issy Wong

 

Northern Diamonds - Hollie Armitage (c), Katherine Brunt, Ami Campbell, Leah Dobson, Helen Fenby, Phoebe Graham, Jenny Gunn, Bess Heath, Rachel Hopkins, Sterre Kalis, Beth Langston, Katie Levick, Alex MacDonald, Nat Sciver, Rachel Slater, Linsey Smith, Ella Telford, Lauren Winfield-Hill

 

North West Thunder - Alex Hartley (c), Georgie Boyce, Natalie Brown, Alice Clarke, Daniella Collins, Kate Cross, Rebecca Duckworth, Alice Dyson, Sophie Ecclestone, Liberty Heap, Laura Jackson, Hannah Jones, Emma Lamb, Daisy Mullan, Olivia Thomas, Ellie Threlkeld, Sophia Turner

 

South East Stars - Maxine Blythin, Aylish Cranstone, Phoebe Franklin, Susie Rowe, Kirstie White, Bryony Smith, Sophia Dunkley, Alice Davidson-Richards, Chloe Brewer, Alice Capsey, Amy Gordon, Hannah Jones, Rhianna Southby, Tash Farrant, Megan Belt, Grace Gibbs, Eva Gray, Danielle Gregory, Freya Davies

 

Southern Vipers - Georgia Adams, Emily Windsor, Ella McCaughan, Maia Bouchier, Freya Kemp, Paige Scholfield, Ella Chandler, Alice Monaghan, Charlie Dean, Charlotte Taylor, Danni Wyatt, Ariana Dowse, Carla Rudd, Cassidy McCarthy, Lauren Bell, Tara Norris, Providence Cowdrill

 

Sunrisers - Hayley Brown, Cordelia Griffith, Fran Wilson, Kelly Castle, Naomi Dattani, Jo Gardner, Katie Midwood, Alice MacLeod, Grace Scrivens, Amara Carr, Scarlett Hughes, Mia Rogers, Gayatri Gole, Sonali Patel, Emily Thorpe, Mady Villiers, Katie Wolfe

 

Western Storm - Sophie Luff, Lauren Parfitt, Heather Knight, Alex Griffiths, Georgia Hennessy, Emma Corney, Niamh Holland, Olivia Churcher, Abbie Whybrow, Nat Wraith, Claire Nicholas, Danielle Gibson, Anya Shrubsole, Fi Morris, Katie George, Emily Edgcombe, Steph Hutchins, Lauren Filer

 

Team by Team Analysis


GROUP A

CENTRAL SPARKS

Coach: Lloyd Tennant

Captain: Evelyn Jones

Key player: Marie Kelly – Having captained Warwickshire to T20 glory in 2019 and being Sparks’ second highest run-scorer last season, Kelly is a vital component to their success. She consistently makes substantial contributions, as well as possessing the firepower to clear the boundary and has proven to thrive in this format.

Flies under the radar: Liz Russell – Russell is one of Sparks’ most reliable bowlers and is excellent at applying pressure at one end, ready for another bowler to strike. At the death, she is crucial, especially with Emily Arlott away with England, meaning her consistent bowling will come into the forefront more this season.

Rising star: Milly Home – After moving to Worcestershire ahead of the 2021 season her batting form has excelled in T20s, in particular scoring an unbeaten 88 already this season for her county. With more time at the crease, she is set to be an exciting young talent in the competition. 

The Season Ahead: Central Sparks will be feeling confident heading into inaugural Charlotte Edwards Cup with the squad consisting of numerous Warwickshire women who won the national T20 cup in 2019. Not only do they host ample experience there, exciting players from Worcestershire and Staffordshire, such as Chloe Hill and Steph Butler make up a very strong squad. The loss of spinner Sarah Glenn to England duty may prove to be an issue, however spinners Georgia Davis and Anisha Patel are more than sufficient to take the role. Amy Jones is another absentee to England, but there are several exciting batters in the line-up to fill the void. Ultimately, after a successful start to the Rachael Heyhoe Flint Trophy, the squad has momentum to take into the tournament with a number of both good team and individual performance and will relish the new opportunity.

 

LIGHTNING

Coach: Rob Taylor

Captain: Kathryn Bryce

Key player: Kathryn Bryce - The 23-year-old captain and elder of the two Bryce sisters in the Lightning squad, who also captains Scotland Women, opens the bowling, bats at three and has been consistently reliable since joining Lightning in 2019.

Flies under the radar: Lucy Higham - Part of the Lightning set-up since 2016, off-spinner, middle-order batter and sharp fielder who has shown the benefit of that experience with bat and ball in the past two seasons.

Rising Star: Teresa Graves – The 22-year-old medium pace bowler is the twin sister of Lightning off-spinner Yvonne. Graves took nine wickets and made 82 runs in the first four Rachael Heyhoe Flint Trophy matches, catching the eye as a player on the up.

The Season Ahead: Led by all-rounder Kathryn Bryce, who recently became the first Scottish batter or bowler to break into the ICC Twenty20 top 10 rankings, East-Midlands-based Lightning will hope to take the momentum of back-to-back wins in the Rachael Heyhoe Flint Trophy into the Charlotte Edwards Cup. Coached by the experienced Rob Taylor, who took Loughborough Lightning to Finals Day twice in the Kia Super League, they bat deep, can often call on up to eight bowling options and are strong in the field. Expect left-arm spinner Kirstie Gordon, eager to force her way back into the England reckoning, to be prominent among the bowlers, where the form of medium pacer Teresa Graves has made up for the loss through injury of Bethan Ellis.  South African-born Michaela Kirk is a candidate to open the batting alongside wicketkeeper-batter Sarah Bryce, who is due a score after a slow start to RHFT season, with Lightning confident of being contenders.

 

SOUTH EAST STARS

Coach: Johann Myburgh

Captain: Tash Farrant/Bryony Smith

Key player: Bryony Smith – Will be acting captain with Farrant away on international duty. Both her power-hitting at the top of the order and her off-breaks will be vital to Stars’ hopes of success.

Flies under the radar: Grace Gibbs – Her muscular hitting suits the ‘finisher’ role in the middle order while her medium pace bowling will have greater prominence in the absence of Farrant and Freya Davies.

Rising Star: Alice Capsey – Hasn’t yet hit the heights of last season, but the 16-year-old’s a huge talent whose skills with bat and ball make her one to watch in this shorter format.

The Season Ahead: Stars are among the franchises hardest hit by England call-ups, losing key batter Sophia Dunkley, skipper Farrant and her fellow seamer Davies, the leading wicket taker in Kia Super League in 2019.

In the absence of the latter pair wrist spinner Danielle Gregory, who has bowled better in the Rachael Heyhoe Flint Trophy than her figures suggest, and Smith’s off-breaks come to the fore. There may be opportunities too for Development Squad quick Emma Jones, currently studying veterinary science at Cambridge, to make her Stars’ debut.

The knock-on effect of Farrant and Davies’s absences is more pressure on batters to deliver, so Dunkley’s void must be filled too.

If Smith and Alice-Davidson-Richards can prosper in the power-play, youngsters like Capsey, Chloe Brewer, and Kira Chathli, who may get the nod over Rhianna Southby for wicketkeeping duties due to her greater batting prowess, can help build winning totals.

 

SOUTHERN VIPERS

Coach: Charlotte Edwards

Captain: Georgia Adams

Key player: Charlotte Taylor - Somehow, Taylor continues to bamboozle the best players in England with her arm balls. She may no longer be a secret weapon, but she is certainly a key weapon, especially in the powerplay overs.

Flies under the radar: Charlie Dean - The young off-spinning all-rounder is quiet off the field but certainly not quiet on it - she is the leading wicket taker in the Rachael Heyhoe Flint so far this season, and while her chances to bat have been limited, the T20 format should give her more of a chance to showcase her skills in that department too.

Rising Star: Maia Bouchier – The 22-year-old is fresh from making a half-century against Storm in the third round of the Rachael Heyhoe Flint Trophy, and will be looking to translate that form into 20-over cricket. Her batting has real power and she is widely considered a future England opener.

The Season Ahead: Vipers will be hoping that they can translate their excellent record in the 20-over Kia Super League (they made it to three out of four Finals Days) into the new era of the Charlotte Edwards Cup. Opener Danni Wyatt's availability, after she was left out of England white-ball squad, is a massive boost while 18-year-old Ella McCaughan could get a chance to shine in her favoured position at the top of the order. With leading strike bowler Lauren Bell seemingly back to full fitness after missing out on the second and third rounds of the Rachael Heyhoe Flint Trophy, and morale boosted by the fact they are back to sitting pretty atop the 50-over competition, this Vipers side look like a formidable threat.

 

 

GROUP B

NORTHERN DIAMONDS

Coach: Danielle Hazell

Captain: Hollie Armitage

Overseas: Sterre Kalis (Netherlands – full competition) was overseas last summer, but she now qualifies as a local player via a pre-settled status visa.

Key player: Katie Levick - Sterre Kalis, Hollie Armitage and Linsey Smith were considered. But leg-spinners are gold dust in T20. Levick is the most prolific bowler in English women’s domestic cricket with 236 wickets.

Flies under the radar: Jenny Gunn - With bat and ball, the England legend continues to shine with little fuss. Must carry a spade in her kitbag because she often digs the Diamonds out of trouble down the order!

Rising Star: Leah Dobson - Scarborough-born batter, 19, yet to make her Diamonds debut. Once smashed 161 off 81 balls opening for Yorkshire Under 17s. Given a chance, she could be fun to watch.

The Season Ahead: Diamonds director of cricket James Carr has described their start to the 50-over Rachael Heyhoe Flint Trophy as “imperfectly perfect”. They have won three out of four games so far and sit top of the table, but two of those wins (Lightning and Stars) were come-from-behind successes and could easily have been defeats. In short, there is plenty of room for improvement. The Diamonds look well suited for T20 cricket, with power and innovation with the bat and variety with the ball. It would be no surprise to see them challenging at the business end of the competition, and they start with a blockbuster ‘Roses’ clash with Thunder at Emerald Headingley on Saturday afternoon. For the early stages of the competition, they will be without Katherine Brunt, Nat Sciver and Lauren Winfield-Hill due to England ODI duty, but they have shown previously they can cope with their absence.

 

SUNRISERS

Coach: Trevor Griffin

Captain: Amara Carr

Key player: Naomi Dattani - Sunrisers need someone to stand up and Dattani has the talent to do so with bat and ball. She has T20 winning pedigree – with Women’s Twenty20 Cup and KSL winner’s medals.

Flies under the radar: Cordelia Griffith – The batter has had a few starts without going big in the Rachael Heyhoe Flint Trophy but scored 187 runs across four T20 innings for Middlesex this summer.

Rising Star: Kelly Castle – The Essex captain has been the surprise package of the Trophy with six wickets and a fifty. Her low skiddy action will be useful in or out the powerplay.

The Season Ahead: The Sunrisers are still pointless across two seasons of the Rachael Heyhoe Flint Trophy but a change of format could, they’ll hope, mean a change in fortunes. 

One massive positive for the Sunrisers is the recent T20 form of their batting line-up – with Naomi Dattani, Grace Scrivens and Cordelia Griffith making up three of the top eight top run scorers in the county matches earlier this summer. Another is that they took Trophy table-toppers and holders Southern Vipers to the final ball of a recent warm-up match, only to lose by a run.

The bowling attack is capable of skilful bowling, if they can tidy up their extras problem, and the batting has plenty of talented quick scorers – with Lissy Macleod, Jo Gardner and the aforementioned trio all able to clear the boundary. If they hook it together then they might not remain pointless long.

 

THUNDER

Coach: Paul Shaw

Captain: Alex Hartley

Overseas: Piepa Cleary (Australia - full competition)

Key player: Emma Lamb - Dynamic opening batter and canny off-spinner who has already scored a century for the Thunder in 50-over cricket this summer. Her game looks ideally suited to T20 cricket.

Flies under the radar: Piepa Cleary - Australian overseas all-rounder with nearly 50 WBBL appearances for Perth Scorchers Down Under. Steadying influence with ball (seamer) and bat in a young Thunder side.

Rising Star: Hannah Jones - Contracted left-arm spinner, 22, has played second fiddle to England’s Sophie Ecclestone in early stages of 50-over campaign. Now is her time to shine. Lovely, languid action like Ecclestone.

The Season Ahead: The Thunder’s aim at the start of the summer, including the 50-over Rachael Heyhoe Flint Trophy, was to further develop their young squad and bloody some noses of the more experienced teams along the way. A haul of two wins in four matches is a profitable return, especially as it included a win over previously unbeaten Central Sparks at Worcester the Saturday before last. The aim will be the same again for Paul Shaw, Alex Hartley and co, and they will get a shot at arguably the biggest scalp immediately when they open the competition with a trip to Emerald Headingley to face ‘Roses’ rivals Northern Diamonds on Saturday afternoon. Kate Cross and Sophie Ecclestone will miss at least the early stages of the competition due to England one-day duty. Having only recently dropped the ‘North West’ prefix to their title, they are now just known as Thunder.

 

 

WESTERN STORM

Head coach: Mark O'Leary 

Captain: Sophie Luff

Key player: Sophie Luff - Promoted up the order last season, Storm's talismanic captain emerged from the shadow cast by Heather Knight with a series of big scores. If she fires, Storm will be competitive.

Below the radar: Nat Wraith - A tidy performer behind the stumps, her ability to stand up to quick bowling creates pressure, while her clean-hitting renders her a potential match-changer with the bat.

Rising star: Now a full-time professional cricketer, Academy product Danielle Gibson is ready to accept responsibility for leading the attack in the absence of Anya Shrubsole. Also a more than handy performer with the bat.

The Season Ahead: Much has changed since Storm triumphed in the 2019 Kia Super League final, and expectations have had to be tailored accordingly. Overseas stars Smriti Mandhana and Rachel Priest will not be returning, while Heather Knight and Anya Shrubsole are away on England duty, Freya Davies and Fran Wilson have moved on and key spinner Claire Nicholas is on maternity leave and not expected to be available until near the end of the campaign. Much will instead depend on the ability of senior players Sophie Luff, Fi Morris and Katie George to lead from the front and inspire a group that is essentially young and short on experience at this level. Emerging talents Lauren Filer, Danielle Gibson, Emma Corney, Niamh Holland and Mollie Robbins will be eager to establish themselves, but attaining consistency is likely to be a challenge for a side that comes into this tournament on the back of three straight defeats in the Rachael Heyhoe Flint Trophy.

Fixtures

 

Saturday June 26th 2021

Lightning vs South East Stars Trent Bridge, Nottingham 11:00 local    10:00 GMT

Northern Diamonds vs Thunder Emerald Headingley, Leeds 14:30 local    13:30 GMT

Western Storm vs Sunrisers The Cooper Associates County Ground, Taunton 14:30 local    13:30 GMT

Central Sparks vs Southern Vipers Edgbaston, Birmingham 18:30 local    17:30 GMT

 

Friday July 2nd 2021

Sunrisers vs Northern Diamonds The Cloudfm County Ground, Chelmsford 18:30 local    17:30 GMT

 

Saturday July 3rd 2021

South East Stars vs Central Sparks The Spitfire Ground, Canterbury 14:30 local    13:30 GMT

Southern Vipers vs Lightning Arundel Castle, Arundel 14:30 local    13:30 GMT

 

Sunday July 4th 2021

Thunder vs Western Storm Chester Boughton Hall CC, Chester 11:00 local    10:00 GMT

 

Friday July 9th 2021

Thunder vs Sunrisers Emirates Old Trafford, Manchester 14:30 local    13:30 GMT

 

Saturday July 10th 2021

Lightning vs Central Sparks Upton Steel County Ground, Leicester 14:30 local    13:30 GMT

South East Stars vs Southern Vipers The Spitfire Ground, Beckenham 14:30 local    13:30 GMT

Western Storm vs Northern Diamonds The Cooper Associates County Ground, Taunton 14:30 local    13:30 GMT

 

Wednesday August 25th 2021

South East Stars vs Lightning Woodbridge Road, Guildford  14:30 local    13:30 GMT

Southern Vipers vs Central Sparks The 1st Central County Ground, Hove  14:30 local    13:30 GMT

Northern Diamonds vs Sunrisers Roseworth Terrace, Gosforth 14:30 local    13:30 GMT

Western Storm vs Thunder Sophia Gardens Cardiff, Cardiff 14:30 local    13:30 GMT

 

Saturday August 28th 2021

Central Sparks vs Lightning New Road, Worcester 14:30 local    13:30 GMT

Southern Vipers vs South East Stars The Ageas Bowl, Southampton 14:30 local    13:30 GMT

Northern Diamonds vs Western Storm Emirates Riverside, Chester-le-Street 14:30 local    13:30 GMT

Sunrisers vs Thunder The County Ground, Northampton 14:30 local    13:30 GMT

 

Monday August 30th 2021

Lightning vs Southern Vipers The Incora County Ground, Derby 14:30 local    13:30 GMT

Central Sparks vs South East Stars New Road, Worcester 14:30 local    13:30 GMT

Sunrisers vs Western Storm Fenner's, Cambridge 14:30 local    13:30 GMT

Thunder vs Northern Diamonds Chester Boughton Hall CC, Chester 14:30 local    13:30 GMT

 

Sunday September 5th 2021

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