Its back...2017 Kia Super League
2017 Kia Super League kicks off in Southampton
Today is the start of the second instalment of the Kia Super League with champions Southern Vipers taking on Western Storm in the opening encounter at the Ageas Bowl, Southampton.
Lancashire Thunder are hoping to reach the Kia Super League Finals Day on Friday 1 September at 1 Central County Ground in Hove and have made some significant signings during the off-season in their bid to challenge for the title.
England Women’s World Cup winners Danielle Hazell and Sarah Taylor will be joined by Kate Cross in the Lancashire Thunder squad, which will also include the overseas trio of Australia’s Jess Jonassen and the Kiwi duo Amy Satterthwaite and Lea Tahuhu.
Thunder have strengthened their squad with domestic signings of left hand top order bat Evelyn Jones from Loughborough Lightning and new additions Ella Telford, Rachel Dickinson and Alice Dyson.
Thunder start their 2017 campaign against arch rivals Yorkshire Diamonds tomorrow (Friday 11 August) away at Headingley which will be televised live on Sky Sports at 2:30pm to be followed by the Roses NatWest T20 Blast clash between Yorkshire Vikings and Lancashire Lightning in what should be a memorable double header.
The opening home game is against Surrey Stars which takes place at Emirates Old Trafford at 2:30pm in another double header live on Sky Sports, before Lancashire Lightning’s NatWest T20 Blast clash against Worcestershire Rapids on Wednesday 16 August, sponsored by Thomas Cook Sport.
Thunder then take on Loughborough Lightning at Blackpool CC on Sunday 20 August before playing their first ever game at Liverpool CC against the reigning champions Southern Vipers on Wednesday 23rd August. The final fixture during the league phase will take place on Saturday 26 August against Western Storm away at the Brightside Ground, Bristol.
There is something for everyone at the Kia Super League this summer, with family entertainment, games and activities, and not to mention T20 cricket!
Bobby Cross, General Manager of Lancashire Thunder said: “We’re all extremely excited about the second season of the Kia Super League starting again today. Preparations have been well underway with the squad training at Emirates Old Trafford and other venues.
“We are very keen to ensure ticket prices are affordable as possible for all those wanting to attend Lancashire Thunder home fixtures. We hope that we can attract new audiences to the game as Women and Girls cricket continues to grow at an unprecedented rate, following the success of last year’s inaugural season.
“This summer has been a huge one already for women’s cricket, with the excitement of England Women winning the World Cup, followed shortly by the second season of the Kia Super League and then the Ashes later in the year. If there was ever a year to inspire the next generation of girls playing cricket, 2017 is the year.”
The Kia Super League will feature on television and radio this summer with Sky Sports providing live coverage of six ‘double-headers’ alongside NatWest T20 Blast matches. They will also broadcast finals day, with BBC Radio covering every round of matches, alongside finals day.
Tickets are available on general sale from just £5 for adults and £1 for juniors for the fixtures at Blackpool CC and Liverpool CC. The double header match at Emirates Old Trafford starts from just £12 for adults and £1 for children.
Lancashire Thunder’s 2017 Fixtures
Fri 11 August – Yorkshire Diamonds v Lancashire Thunder – Headingley (SKY)
Weds 16 August – Lancashire Thunder v Surrey Stars – Emirates Old Trafford (SKY), sponsored by Thomas Cook Sport
Sun 20 August – Lancashire Thunder v Loughborough Lightning – Blackpool CC
Weds 23 August – Lancashire Thunder v Southern Vipers – Liverpool CC
Sat 26 August – Western Storm v Lancashire Thunder – Brightside Ground, Bristol
2017 Lancashire County Cricket Club Members and supporters who have purchased a 2017 NatWest Blast T20 season ticket will be able to watch Lancashire Thunder home fixtures free of charge on production of their Membership* or season ticket cards.
* Memberships that give access to the KSL matches include: One-Day Membership, Traditional Membership, Traditional Plus Membership, Lancaster Membership, Red Rose Membership