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WOMENS: Sussex prepped for new season on Sunday

29-Apr-2015

Sussex's Women's team begin their Royal London Women's One-Day Cup campaign on Sunday, and the competition, which used to be known as the County Championship, is once again a major target for the team, after winning the title six times in the last twelve years, as well as four runners-up spots.

Their first challenge will be a clash with Surrey at Reed's School this coming Sunday 3rd May (11.00am), a match which forms part of a Bank Holiday double-header, with Sussex travelling to Beckenham on Monday to face Kent, also in an 11.00am start.

Kent and Sussex have dominated the 50-over women’s county competition over the last 12 years, with no other team winning the title since Yorkshire in 2002. However, with Nottinghamshire securing the ECB Women’s County Twenty20 Cup last season, and a young Surrey side taking the 50-over competition down to a final match “winner takes all” showdown against Kent, this summer’s competition is set to be an open and exciting affair.

The majority of the contracted England women’s players will be in action for their respective counties this weekend, as they look to get as much match practice as possible ahead of the Women’s Ashes series, which gets underway in Taunton on July 21.

Comprising four divisions – with division four split into two groups based on geographical location (North & East and South & West) – the Royal London Women’s One-Day Cup is the ECB’s annual 50-over women’s county cricket competition, and incorporates 34 county teams, in addition to representative sides from Ireland, Scotland, Wales and the Netherlands. In 2015, Divisions One and Two will play in coloured kit and use a white ball for the first time.

In addition to the 50-over Royal London Women’s One-Day Cup, women’s county teams will also compete in the ECB Women’s County Twenty20 Cup in 2015, with fixtures organised in round-robin leagues and scheduled across June 14, July 5, August 2 and August 16.

Charlotte Burton, Director of Sussex Women's Cricket, spoke to Sussex TV ahead of the new campaign, and you can hear her thoughts via the link above.

Sussex's squad for the two matches is as below:

Sarah Taylor (c)
Flora Bertwistle
Ellen Burt
Izzy Collis
Holly Colvin
Chiara Green
Anna Harris
Izi Noakes
Tara Norris
Hannah Phelps
Paige Scholfield
Alexia Walker
Georgia Elwiss (Kent game only)

For all of Sussex's Women's fixtures in 2015, please click HERE to be taken to the fixtures page.

On Friday 28th August, England Women will take on Australia in a NatWest T20 Women's International at The BrightonandHoveJobs.com County Ground, Hove (7.00pm). Click HERE to seal your ticket!

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