Lancashire Thunder fixtures on Sky Sports Cricket in 2018
Sky Sports is set to broadcast its biggest ever summer of women’s cricket, as part of a huge line-up of women’s sport in 2018.
For the first time, Sky Sports will show 12 matches from the Kia Super League – nearly double the amount from last year - in addition to England women’s triumphant return to action against South Africa and New Zealand.
Viewing figures for women’s sport reached a record high for Sky Sports in 2017, which saw more people tune in to watch women’s cricket, netball, rugby and golf than ever before. Viewing was up 23%, with the women’s cricket World Cup final being Sky’s most watched women’s sporting event ever, with a peak of over 1.1 million viewers.
Kia Super League – Sky Sports live televised games
Sunday 22 July - Western Storm v Yorkshire Diamonds (Taunton)
Wednesday 25 July - Southern Vipers v Loughborough Lightning (Ageas Bowl)
Friday 27 July - Yorkshire Diamonds v Lancashire Thunder (Headingley)
Sunday 29 July - Western Storm v Loughborough Lightning (Taunton)
Tuesday 31 July - Surrey Stars v Lancashire Thunder (Kia Oval)
Tuesday 7 August - Lancashire Thunder v Surrey Stars (Emirates Old Trafford)
Wednesday 8 August - Southern Vipers v Yorkshire Diamonds (Ageas Bowl)
Tuesday 14 August - Southern Vipers v Surrey Stars (Hove)
Wednesday 15 August - Loughborough Lightning v Western Storm (Edgbaston)
Saturday 18 August - TBC
Monday 27 August - Kia Super League Finals Day (Hove)
Bryan Henderson, Head of Sky Sports Cricket, said: “Last year felt like a watershed moment for women’s sport, with my undoubted highlight being the moment England’s women clinched the World Cup at Lord’s. At Sky Sports, we’re proud of the contribution we’ve made to growing women’s sport, and we’re determined to continue that in 2018. We have an incredible line-up, across a range of sports, with cricket a huge part of the schedule again. We can’t wait to get started.”
Clare Connor, ECB Director of England Women’s Cricket, said “We are proud to continue working with Sky as we strive to raise the profile of women’s cricket off the back of an amazing 12 months, culminating in that unforgettable day at Lord’s. With two home international series on Sky this summer along with standalone Kia Super League games being broadcast for the first time, we are seeing the game continue to go from strength to strength.”