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Rachael Heyhoe Flint Trophy final live on Sky Sports

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The Rachael Heyhoe Flint Trophy final will be shown live on Sky Sports on Sunday September 27. The final will be hosted at Edgbaston.

The special-edition tournament will see the eight regional teams in the new women's domestic structure split into two groups, with the two respective group-winners progressing to the final.

The 24 England Women's players who have been preparing for the international series against West Indies will be available for the first two rounds, while those players not selected for the final squad will also be available for the final round of group matches and the final itself. The Centrally Contracted England Women's players have been allocated for this year's tournament.

All eight teams will be live-streaming their home group matches on their respective websites throughout the competition. 

ECB Managing Director of Women's Cricket, Clare Connor, said: "We're delighted that Sky have chosen to show the final of this special-edition Rachael Heyhoe Flint Trophy. They have for a long time been excellent partners and champions of the women's game and we're hugely grateful to them for their continued support.

“Edgbaston is a brilliant venue for the final, with a great track record of hosting domestic finals. It’s also a great fit for this summer because of Rachael’s links to the West Midlands.

"The impacts of COVID-19 have demonstrated just how vital it is to have a sustainable and competitive domestic structure that gives our domestic women's cricketers the chance to make a living from the game and also raises the standard of women's cricket in England and Wales.

"I think it's important to thank the eight Regional Directors of Women's Cricket, their Chief Executives and their wider staff, for their efforts in getting us to this point.

"We're proud of the work we've done to protect the momentum of the women's game across this challenging period. We're looking forward to 2021 when the eight regional teams will hopefully be playing even more cricket throughout the summer, along with the important addition of the profile opportunity of The Hundred."

Birmingham’s Edgbaston Stadium has been named as host for the final of the inaugural Rachael Heyhoe Flint Trophy, which will be played on Sunday 27 September, live on Sky Sports.

Launching this weekend, the Rachael Heyhoe Flint Trophy will see the eight regional teams in the new women's domestic structure split into two groups, with the two respective group-winners of the 50-over tournament progressing to the final.

Stuart Cain, Chief Executive of Warwickshire County Cricket Club, said: “It’s great to support and showcase women’s cricket by hosting a major national final in the city.  Particularly with the women’s Commonwealth Games cricket at Edgbaston in 2022.   This also means that the two of cricket’s showcase domestic finals are coming to Birmingham as the Vitality Blast Finals Day will take place a few days after the Rachel Heyhoe Flint Trophy finals.

“Everyone at Edgbaston is  proud to play a lead part in the inaugural tournament, not just by hosting the final but through hosting the opening two games and in supporting the development of the Central Sparks team alongside our partners Worcestershire and the National Counties of Herefordshire, Shropshire and Staffordshire.”

Born and educated in Wolverhampton, Rachael Heyhoe Flint was a pioneer of women’s cricket and her husband, Derrick, played for Warwickshire CCC in the 1940s.  Added Cain: “I worked with Rachael when she was a Director at Wolves and I was constantly amazed by her energy and enthusiasm for the region as well as cricket.  She was also a close friend of Warwickshire CCC so it’s a fitting tribute that the final will be held in the West Midlands.”

Edgbaston hosts two groups games in the Rachael Heyhoe Flint Trophy, starting on Saturday (29 August) with the Central Sparks opening game versus Northern Diamonds. The Sparks then take on North West Thunder on the Bank Holiday Monday (31 August) with both games played behind closed doors and live streamed via edgbaston.com. 

ECB Managing Director of Women's Cricket, Clare Connor, said: “Edgbaston is a brilliant venue for the final, with a great track record of hosting domestic finals. It’s also a great fit for this summer because of Rachael’s links to the West Midlands.

“We're delighted that Sky have chosen to show the final of this special-edition Rachael Heyhoe Flint Trophy. They have for a long time been excellent partners and champions of the women's game and we're hugely grateful to them for their continued support.

“The impacts of COVID-19 have demonstrated just how vital it is to have a sustainable and competitive domestic structure that gives our domestic women's cricketers the chance to make a living from the game and also raises the standard of women's cricket in England and Wales.

“I think it's important to thank the eight Regional Directors of Women's Cricket, their Chief Executives and their wider staff, for their efforts in getting us to this point.”

Regional Team

EW Allocated Players

Northern Diamonds

Brunt, Sciver, Winfield, L Smith*

Thunder

Cross, Ecclestone, Lamb*

Central Sparks

Jones, Glenn, Wong*

Western Storm

Knight, Shrubsole, George

Southern Vipers

Wyatt, Elwiss, Bell*

South East Stars

Davies, Davidson-Richards*, B Smith*, Dunkley*

Sunrisers

Wilson, Villiers

Lightning

Beaumont, Gordon

*With the current England Women's group, but selected by the Regional Teams and not centrally allocated