Thunder fixtures confirmed for Rachael Heyhoe Flint Trophy
Fixtures for the new Rachael Heyhoe Flint Trophy have this morning been confirmed by the England and Wales Cricket Board.
Thunder, which will comprise of players from Lancashire, Cheshire and Cumbria will start their campaign against Lightning on Saturday 29 August at Trent Bridge. The venues for the three home fixtures are still to be confirmed and will be announced in due course.
The competition will begin two days after the start of the Vitality Blast with all eight teams to play twice over the August Bank Holiday weekend in what is a regionalised format.
The special-edition competition has been created for this summer only to ensure women’s domestic cricket is played despite the challenges of COVID-19 and underlines the ECB’s commitment to professionalise the domestic game for women.
Saturday, August 29 – Lightning vs Thunder - Trent Bridge
Monday, August 31 – Thunder vs Central Sparks - TBC
Saturday, September 05 - Central Sparks vs Thunder - Blackfinch New Road
Thursday, September 10 – Thunder vs Northern Diamonds - TBC
Sunday, September 13 – Thunder vs Lightning – TBC
Saturday, September 19 - Northern DiamondS vs Thunder - Emerald Headingley
ECB Chief Executive Officer, Tom Harrison, said: “I’m also proud that we will stage the Rachael Heyhoe Flint Trophy in honour of a true great of our game both on and off the field. Rachael’s determination to give women’s cricket the platform it deserves is a legacy that must endure through these difficult times as we continue the journey to professionalise the women’s game. This summer’s tournament will be another important step on that path.
“The fact we’ve been able to get so much domestic cricket played this summer owes to the collaborative efforts of the county network and their willingness to find a way to get the game on in the safest way possible for all involved. There will be many more challenges ahead, but the unity and spirit shown during this summer has been a tribute to the county network as we work together to grow our sport.”