Thunder's 2021 fixtures released
Thunder to compete in returning Rachael Heyhoe Flint Trophy alongside new Women's Regional T20
- Thunder kick off Rachael Heyhoe Flint Trophy campaign away at Western Storm
- Regional T20 to launch with opening match on 26 June against Northern Diamonds
- Emirates Old Trafford to host Thunder and Lancashire Lightning doubleheader on 9 July
- Regional T20 Finals Day scheduled for 5 September
- Rachael Heyhoe Flint Trophy final to be staged on 25 September
North West Thunder will once again compete in the Rachael Heyhoe Flint Trophy this summer, alongside the new Women’s Regional T20 as a new era begins for women’s domestic cricket.
Thunder’s fixtures for the Rachael Heyhoe Flint Trophy and the Women’s Regional T20 have been released today with the side representing the North West region set to be in action 13 times during 2021.
The Rachael Heyhoe Flint Trophy will begin on 29 May – as Thunder travel to face Western Storm at the Bristol County Ground - with each of the eight teams to play each other once in the group stage. The final is to be held on 25 September.
The Women’s Regional T20 is set to commence on 26 June with the 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 5 September.
Paul Shaw’s side will compete in Group B - alongside Northern Diamonds, Western Storm and the Sunrisers – and kick off the tournament with an away fixture with the Diamonds at Emerald Headingley.
On Friday 9 July, Thunder will host the Sunrisers at Emirates Old Trafford as part of a doubleheader including Lancashire Lightning’s Vitality Blast meeting with Northamptonshire Steelbacks.
This summer 41 female players including Thunder’s Alex Hartley, Ellie Threlkeld, Emma Lamb, Georgie Boyce and Hannah Jones have signed full-time professional domestic contracts – in addition to 17 centrally contracted England players – while the launch of The Hundred will establish further opportunity for female cricketers.
RACHAEL HEYHOE FLINT TROPHY FIXTURES
Saturday 29 May – Western Storm vs Thunder – Bristol County Ground
Monday 31 May – Thunder vs Sunrisers – TBC
Saturday 5 June – Thunder vs Lightning – TBC
Saturday 12 June – Central Sparks vs Thunder – New Road
Friday 10 September – Thunder vs Southern Vipers – TBC
Sunday 12 September – Northern Diamonds vs Thunder – Emirates Riverside
Saturday 18 September – South East Stars vs Thunder – TBC
REGIONAL T20 GROUP B FIXTURES
Saturday 26 June – Northern Diamonds vs Thunder – Emerald Headingley
Saturday 3 July – Thunder vs Western Storm – TBC
Friday 9 July – Thunder vs Sunrisers – Emirates Old Trafford
Wednesday 25 August – Western Storm vs Thunder – Sophia Gardens
Saturday 28 August – Sunrisers vs Thunder – The County Ground Northampton
Monday 30 August – Thunder vs Northern Diamonds - TBC
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.”
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