Women’s Cricket Super League 2019 is the fourth edition of the Women’s T20 league promoted by the England and Wales Cricket Board. The league was launched in 2016, with the second and third editions being played in 2017 and 2018. The league is also popularly known as Kia Super League as Kia struck a sponsorship deal for the same. 2019 is expected to be the last season of the league with the Board planning on starting a 100-ball format for both men and women teams, in 2020.
The England and Wales Cricket Board came up with the idea of the league, back in 2015, which was followed by invitation of bids for the franchises. 28 applications were received, and on subsequent interviews, 6 franchises were shortlisted to be a part of this historic movement in 2016.
The initial plan of the league also included the start of a 50-over format in 2017, but it didn’t materialize.
The six teams that are a part of the league are Lancashire Thunder, Loughborough Lighting, Southern Vipers, Surrey Stars, Western Storm, Yorkshire Diamonds.
Four Indians will feature in this edition: Smriti Mandhana, Jemimah Rodrigues, Harmanpreet Kaur, and Deepti Sharma.
Earlier, only 3 Indian women were supposed to play, but Trevor Griffin, the head coach of Western Storm in the Women’s Cricket Super League, was mightily impressed by Deepti in the Women’s T20 Challenge played during the IPL this year and asked Mandhana to help him reach out to her, and managed to convince her to sign.
The league will start from August 6 with the final being played on September 1, 2019.
Women’s Cricket Super League Tournament Format:
The Women’s Cricket Super League is played in round-robin and knockout stage format.
Women’s Cricket Super League Teams & Squads:
Loughborough Lightning Squad
Georgia Elwiss (c), Jenny Gunn, Amy Ellen Jones, Chamari Athapaththu, Mignon du Preez, Hayley Matthews, Kathryn Bryce, Kirstie Gordon, Sarah Glenn, Lucy Higham, Georgia Adams, Tara Norris, Abigail Freeborn, Alice Monaghan, Joanne Gardner.
Western Storm Squad
Heather Knight (c), Anya Shrubsole, Rachel Priest, Fran Wilson, Smriti Mandhana, Deepti Sharma, Sonia Odedra, Naomi Dattani, Sophie Luff, Freya Davies, Danielle Gibson, Amara Carr, Claire Nicholas, Ellie Mitchell, Alex Griffiths.
Lancashire Thunder Squad
Harmanpreet Kaur, Sune Luus, Kate Cross (c), Alex Hartley, Sophie Ecclestone, Emma Lamb, Tahlia McGrath, Eleanor Threlkeld, Natalie Brown, Alice Dyson, Sophia Dunkley Brown, Evelyn Jones, Georgie Boyce, Danielle Collins, Ria Fackrell.
Southern Vipers Squad
Stafanie Taylor, Danielle Wyatt, Tammy Beaumont, Suzie Bates, Natasha Farrant, Sophie Molineux, Paige Scholfield, Thea Brookes, Carla Rudd, Charlotte Dean, Marie Kelly, Maia Bouchier, Lauren Bell, Fi Morris, Isabelle Wong.
Yorkshire Diamonds Squad
Alyssa Healy, Katherine Brunt, Lauren Winfield (c), Beth Langston, Leigh Kasperek, Linsey Smith, Cordelia Griffith, Hollie Armitage, Alice Davidson Richards, Katie Levick, Katie George, Jemimah Rodrigues, Helen Fenby, Bess Heath, Georgia Davis.
Surrey Stars Squad
Laura Marsh, Sarah Taylor, Marizanne Kapp, Dane van Niekerk, Natalie Sciver (c), Lizelle Lee, Bryony Smith, Grace Gibbs, Aylish Cranstone, Hannah Jones, Eva Gray, Mady Villiers, Rhianna Southby, Gwenan Davies, Amy Gordon.
|Team||Hosts and partners||Home grounds||Captain|
|Lancashire Thunder||Lancashire Cricket Board||Old Trafford||Kate Cross|
|Lancashire County Cricket Club||Stanley Park, Blackpool|
|Lancashire County Cricket Club Foundation||Aigburth Cricket Ground, Liverpool|
|Trafalgar Road Ground, Southport|
|Loughborough Lightning||Loughborough University||Haslegrave Ground||Georgia Elwiss|
|Southern Vipers||Hampshire Cricket||Rose Bowl||Tammy Beaumont|
|Berkshire Cricket||County Cricket Ground, Hove|
|Dorset Cricket Board||Arundel Castle Cricket Ground|
|Isle of Wight Cricket Board|
|Southampton Solent University|
|Surrey Stars||Surrey County Cricket Club||The Oval||Natalie Sciver|
|Woodbridge Road, Guildford|
|Western Storm||Somerset County Cricket Club||County Cricket Ground, Taunton||Heather Knight|
|Gloucestershire County Cricket Club||Bristol County Ground|
|University of Exeter||College Ground, Cheltenham|
|Yorkshire Diamonds||Yorkshire County Cricket Club||Headingley||Lauren Winfield|
|Clifton Park, York|
Women’s Cricket Super League Past Results:
|Year||Winner||Runner’s Up||Leading Run-Scorer||Runs Scored||Leading Wicket-Taker||Wickets Taken|
|2016||SouthernVipers||Western Storm||Stafanie Taylor (Western Storm)||289||Stefanie Taylor (Western Storm)||11|
|2017||Western Storm||Southern Vipers||Rachel Priest||261||Natalie Sciver (Surrey Stars)||12|
|2018||Surrey Stars||Loughborough Lightning||Smriti Mandhana (Western Storm)||421||Kirstie Gordon (Loughborough Lighting)||17|
Women’s Cricket Super League Fixtures 2019:
Tuesday, August 6:
Lancashire Thunder vs Southern Vipers (Liverpool): 7:00 PM IST
Loughborough Lightning vs Western Storm (Loughborough)- 8:30 PM IST
Yorkshire Diamonds vs Surrey Stars (Emerald Headingley)- 11:30 PM IST
Thursday, August 8:
Loughborough Lightning vs Southern Vipers (Loughborough)- 7:00 PM IST
Surrey Stars vs Lancashire Thunder (Guildford)- 8:30 PM IST
Saturday, August 10:
Western Storm vs Lancashire Thunder (The Cooper Associates County Ground)- 7:30 PM IST
Sunday, August 11:
Yorkshire Diamonds vs Loughborough Lightning (Emerald Headingley)- 3:30 PM IST
Southern Vipers vs Western Storm (Ageas Bowl)- 7:00 PM IST
Monday, August 12:
Surrey Stars vs Southern Vipers (Kia Oval)- 11:00 PM IST
Tuesday, August 13:
Lancashire Thunder vs Yorkshire Diamonds (Liverpool)- 7:00 PM IST
Western Storm vs Loughborough Lightning (The Brightside Ground, Bristol)- 7:00 PM IST
Thursday, August 15:
Surrey Stars vs Loughborough Lightning (Guildford)- 7:00 PM IST
Southern Vipers vs Lancashire Thunder (The 1st Central County Ground)- 7:00 PM IST
Yorkshire Diamonds vs Western Storm (York)- 11:30 PM IST
Sunday, August 18:
Lancashire Thunder vs Western Storm (TBC)- 7:00 PM IST
Southern Vipers vs Surrey Stars (Arundel)- 7:00 PM IST
Loughborough Lightning vs Yorkshire Diamonds (Loughborough)- 7:00 PM IST
Tuesday, August 20:
Surrey Stars vs Yorkshire Diamonds (Guildford)- 7:00 PM IST
Western Storm vs Southern Vipers (The Brightside Ground, Bristol)- 7:00 PM IST
Lancashire Thunder vs Loughborough Lightning (Emirates Old Trafford)- 11:00 PM IST
Wednesday, August 21:
Southern Vipers vs Yorkshire Diamonds (Ageas Bowl)- 7:30 PM IST
Western Storm vs Surrey Stars (The Cooper Associates County Ground)- 11:00 PM IST
Friday, August 23:
Yorkshire Diamonds vs Lancashire Thunder (Scarborough)- 7:00 PM IST
Loughborough Lightning vs Surrey Stars (Loughborough)- 8:30 PM IST
Sunday, August 25:
Loughborough Lightning vs Lancashire Thunder (Trent Bridge)- 4:00 PM IST
Yorkshire Diamonds vs Southern Vipers (York)- 7:00 PM IST
Surrey Stars vs Western Storm (Guildford)- 7:00 PM IST
Wednesday, August 28:
Lancashire Thunder vs Surrey Stars (TBC)- 7:00 PM IST
Western Storm vs Yorkshire Diamonds (The Cooper Associates County Ground)- 11:00 PM IST
Southern Vipers vs Loughborough Lightning (Ageas Bowl)- 11:00 PM IST
Sunday, September 1:
TBC vs TBC, 1st Semi-Final (County Ground, Hove)- 4:30PM IST
TBC vs TBC, 2nd Semi-Final (County Ground, Hove)- 8:30PM IST
Final (The 1st Central County Ground)- 11:30 PM IST
Women’s Cricket Super League 2019 Best Players:
Smriti Mandhana –
Last year’s top run-getter with 421 runs, Smriti Mandhana is a dangerous campaigner and can hurt the opposition. She has over a 1000 runs in T20 cricket and plays at a brisk pace of over 120. She was also a top performer in the Women’s T20 Challenge 2019.
Natalie Sciver –
The English all-rounder is an equally potent threat with both bat and ball. She was one of the better performers for the English side in the recently concluded Ashes series. She has been amongst the runs and wickets for her side. She made over 200 runs and took 5 wickets in the series.
Tammy Beaumont –
The aggressive English opener is a fine batsman and scores quick. She scored 190 runs in the recently concluded Ashes series and was amongst the top players for her saide.
Stafanie Taylor –
The West Indian is a top all-rounder in T20 cricket and was the top run-getter and top wicket-taker in the first edition of the league.
Katherine Brunt –
The English all-rounder was top-class in the T20Is in the Ashes. She took 4 wickets and scored 60 runs at a brisk pace in the 3 T20Is.
Sophie Ecclestone –
The English spinner was wonderful in the Women’s T20 Challenge, and then the recently concluded T20Is against Australia. She took 6 wickets in 3 T20 matches in the Ashes.