ECB hails 'new era' for women's cricket

18 Feb 2021

By: Sport Industry Group

The ECB has hailed a ‘new era’ for women’s domestic cricket, with the announcement that the Rachael Heyhoe Flint Trophy - set up in 2020 to ensure women’s cricket would take place despite the coronavirus pandemic - will return this summer alongside the new Women’s Regional T20 competition. 

The Rachael Heyhoe Flint Trophy will begin on 29th May with eight teams set to play each other once in the group stage. The final is to be held on 25th September.

The Women’s Regional T20, meanwhile, is scheduled to start on 26th June with eight teams split into two groups of four. Each team will play three home and three away matches during the group stage before Finals Day on 5th September.

Meanwhile, England Women are set to host two international series across the summer of 2021.

ECB Managing Director of Women’s Cricket, Clare Connor, said: “This promises to be a truly memorable summer of cricket for the women’s game.

“We are not only set to further professionalise the game with more players on full-time contracts than ever before but, crucially, we will showcase our game to more young girls across England and Wales so that they can say cricket is a game for them.

“I am particularly proud that we will continue to move forward with Rachael Heyhoe Flint’s name, with everything she represented for women’s cricket, firmly entrenched in our journey.

“The launch of women’s regional cricket last summer, despite the challenges caused by the pandemic, was another significant step forward for our domestic game. We are now looking forward to seeing those regional teams play twice as much cricket this summer with the addition of the T20 competition.”

The moves will see the two competitions played out across the summer, which will also see the inaugural season of The Hundred take place.