The 21st July sees the Women’s Ashes commencing – England Women will be looking for their third consecutive victory in the series against Australia. If pre-tournament confidence is a good sign then the team definitely have that on their side, as Lydia Greenway demonstrated in her interview with the Guardian on Saturday. The series is being eagerly anticipated, “I don’t think it’s too dramatic a statement to say that the 2015 Women’s Ashes contest is possibly the most eagerly anticipated series in the history of international women’s cricket,” said the ECB’s director of women’s cricket, Clare Connor, at the squad announcement.
And, with recent success for our national teams in both the Rugby and Football World Cups it would be brilliant to think that our women can keep bringing home the trophies for what must have to be a newly ordered and much bigger cabinet!
Excitingly, for the first time all Ashes matches will be broadcast live on Sky Sports, with radio coverage on the BBC. The format is 1 test-match, 3 1-day Internationals and 3 Twenty20 matches. There is a somewhat complex scoring system alongside this – but fear not it is all designed to make sure the series is exciting and highly competitive. With Australia holding the World Champion titles in One Day and Twenty20 its reasonable to assume we can expect an exciting contest. If you want to read more about the scoring and format see the ECB site.
Even better though for those of us Bristol and West Country based we can watch the action live at Gloucestershire County Cricket Club, which hosts the second One Day International on Thursday 23rd July at the club in Bishopston, just off Gloucester Road. And if that could not get any better – you can enjoy the action on the day with the unbelievably great ticket price of £1 for under-18s and only £10 for adults. So, a real opportunity to experience women’s sport at the highest level and cheer our England women on. Tickets are on sale here – or will be available on the gate.
Captain Charlotte Edwards is certainly excited about bringing the Women’s game to Bristol: “I’m absolutely delighted that the second Royal London Women’s Ashes ODI will be played at the Bristol County Ground on July 23. It is always good to play at new venues and spread the women’s international game across the country, so I’m already really looking forward to heading to Gloucestershire and playing in front of a passionate local crowd next summer.”
Turn up, show your support and have a fun day out with the family!