2021 North West Cup set to start
The 2021 edition of the North West Cup begins this weekend
The North West Cup is made up of three female teams representing Lancashire, Cheshire and Cumbria, in a new format for this summer.
The competition, which began in 2020, is designed to showcase the most talented female cricketers across the North West and allow them to go head-to-head in match scenarios.
It consists of a mix of 50-over and 100-ball matches, with each team playing one another across the two formats.
The fixtures provide a quality standard of competition during The Hundred, whilst also providing scouting opportunities for the Thunder Academy and Thunder Senior squads.
The tournament begins this Saturday (31 July) when Lancashire host Cheshire.
Saturday 31 July: Lancashire vs Cheshire- Bamford Fieldhouse CC. 11am
Friday 6 August: Cumbria vs Cheshire- Warrington CC. 11am
Friday 13 August: Lancashire vs Cumbria- Timperley CC. 11am
Sunday 16 August: 100 Ball Day- Northern CC:
10.30am Cheshire vs Lancashire
1pm Cheshire vs Cumbria
3.30pm Lancashire vs Cumbria
Lancashire: Alice Clarke (C/WK), Olivia Thomas, Sophie Morris, Olivia Bell, Emily Sutton, Eliza Cottam, Grace Johnson, Emilia Lamb, Abbie Wright, Millie Baldwin, Hannah Snape, Amelia Sammons, Summer Carrington, Abby Mort, Phoebe Astin, Sarah John
Cheshire: Sophie Turner (C), Anjalie Singh, Ellie Mason, Roshini Prince Navaratnam, Rebecca Duckworth, Daisy Mullan, Grace Michell, Rebekah Barker (WK), Eloise Clegg (WK), Maeve Jones, Kasey Bentham, Hannah Gallimore, Sarah Curlett, Eleanor Cantwell, Ellie Fielding
Cumbria: Liberty Heap (C), Millie Hodge, Hana Rafiq, Olivia Cunliffe, Laura Marshall, Tilly Kesteven, Bethan Robinson, Seren Smale (WK), Anya Laraway, Imogen Young (WK), Katie Boardman, Daisy Hunt, Olivia Brinsden, Rebecca Othick, Clara Samson, Emma Ivison, Kate Field, Alice Thompson
Jen Barden, Senior Regional Talent Manager for the North West said: “The North West Cup is a really valuable competition for Thunder Academy and the tier just below to showcase their talents.
“It will give peer to peer competition for the best 40 female players across the North West and hopefully in the future create a really strong competition for each County.
“Following the NW Cup programme there will be invites to high potential players to take part in the next stage of talent identification, the profile builders, a mix of training and match play.
“Players will be observed, and their progress seen across the whole 12 months, through County and Club match play, training, skills sessions, NW Cup and the profile builders before the winter Thunder Academy is selected.
“The North West Cup will continue to evolve in the coming years and I look forward to the impact it has on players development.”