The second season of the Charlotte Edwards Cup gets going with a bang on Saturday (14th May) with all eight teams in action.
The women’s domestic T20 competition runs for just under a month and wraps up with finals day at the County Ground, Northampton, on Saturday 11th of June.
It’s certain to bring high drama, entertainment, and some phenomenal cricket – with a mix of England stars, experienced domestic players, and up-and-coming talent.
The fantastic news is that every game will be live-streamed and is free to watch – streams can be through the ECB match centres here – while 10 will be played as double-headers alongside Vitality Blast matches at a range of grounds across the country.
We’re really excited about the start of the second edition of the tournament and think you should be too.
With that in mind, here’s everything you need to know about the 2022 Charlotte Edwards Cup…
The eight regional teams in the 2022 Charlotte Edwards Cup are formed from a combination of First Class counties, National counties, and Loughborough University.
They are split into two groups of four, with each side playing six group-stage matches (three home and three away).
It’s four points for a win, with a bonus point on offer if the winning team’s run rate is 1.25 or greater times that of the opposition.
The best-placed group winner will book their place in the final while the other group winner and best-placed runner-up will qualify for the semi-final – also played on finals day.
Central Sparks (@CentralSparks)
- Formed from Warwickshire CCC, Worcestershire CCC, Herefordshire, Shropshire, and Staffordshire.
- Led by Eve Jones, with England’s Amy Jones and Sarah Glenn part of their squad.
South East Stars (@SEStarsCricket)
- Formed from Surrey CCC and Kent CCC.
- Led by Bryony Smith, with England’s Tash Farrant, Freya Davies, and Sophia Dunkley.
- The inaugural winners of the competition, you wouldn’t put it past them making it two in two.
- Formed from Middlesex CCC, Essex CCC, Northamptonshire CCC, Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Hertfordshire, Huntingdonshire, Norfolk, and Suffolk.
- Led by Kelly Castle, with England’s Mady Villiers.
Western Storm (@_WesternStorm)
- Former from Glamorgan CCC, Gloucestershire CCC, Somerset CCC, Cricket Wales, Cornwall, Devon, and Wiltshire.
- Led by Sophie Luff, with England’s Heather Knight and Fran Wilson.
- Formed from Loughborough University, Derbyshire CCC, Leicestershire CCC, Nottinghamshire CCC, and Lincolnshire.
- Led by Kathryn Bruce, with England’s Tammy Beaumont.
Northern Diamonds (@North_Diamonds)
- Formed from Yorkshire CCC, Durham CCC, and Northumberland.
- Led by Hollie Armitage, with England’s Katherine Brunt, Nat Sciver, and Lauren Winfield-Hill as well as the legendary Jenny Gunn.
North West Thunder (@Thundercric)
- Formed from Lancashire CCC, Cheshire, and Cumbria.
- Led by Ellie Threlkeld, with England’s Kate Cross, Sophie Ecclestone, and Emma Lamb.
- The team that looks most likely to challenge holders South East Stars in this year’s competition.
Southern Vipers (@VipersKSL)
- Formed from Hampshire Cricket Ltd, Sussex CCC, Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Dorset, Isle of Wight, and Oxfordshire.
- Led by Georgia Adams, with England’s Lauren Bell, Maia Bouchier, Charlie Dean, Georgia Elwiss, and Danni Wyatt as well as recently retired bowling great Anya Shrubsole as player-coach.
Ones to watch
With the help of the Barmy Army’s women’s cricket content creator Ella Morrison, we’ve picked out a few players to keep your eye on in this year’s competition.
Alice Capsey – South East Stars
The 17-year-old batter has all the shots and is quite some talent. A future England star, she caught the eye for the Oval Invincibles last year.
Put quite simply – when Alice Capsey bats, you watch.
Abtaha Maqsood – Sunrisers
Another breakthrough star from The Hundred’s inaugural season, Scotland’s Abtaha Maqsood forms part of the Sunrisers’ threatening spin attack alongside Mady Villiers.
There aren’t too many leg-spinners in the women’s game but the 22-year-old is very good at what she does and will hope to have plenty of batters tied up in knots.
Tara Norris – Southern Vipers
The 23-year-old American left-arm seamer has impressed as part of the Barmy Army team at Fairbreak Invitational.
Tara Norris has flourished in the Rachael Heyhoe Flint Trophy in the past, taking plenty of wickets, and it wouldn’t be a surprise to see her do the same in this competition.
Ellie Threlkeld – North West Thunder
A wicketkeeper-batter with lightning-quick reflexes behind the stumps, when you watch Ellie Threlkeld it’s no surprise that she learnt from Sarah Taylor.
Named captain of the North West Thunder for this year’s competition, the 23-year-old is worth keeping an eye on.
Issy Wong – Central Sparks
Teenager pace bowler Issy Wong has made it no secret that she wants to become the first English woman to bowl 80mph and will be a real asset for Central Sparks.
The 19-year-old earned a professional contract with England at the end of 2020 and took 14 wickets in last year’s Rachel Heyhoe Flint Trophy.
Group stage games get underway on the 14th of May and run until the 5th of June.
That will give the three teams that qualify around a week to recover for finals day on the 11th of June.
A full list of the fixtures can be found on the ECB website.