Taunton hosts World Twenty20
The England and Wales Cricket Board is delighted to announce that Taunton has been accepted by the International Cricket Council as host for the women’s group matches at the ICC World Twenty20 in June 2009.
The semi-finals of the women’s ICC World Twenty20 will be held at the same ground, on the same day and same ticket as the men’s semi finals – at the Brit Oval and Trent Bridge – and the women’s final will be a precursor for the men’s final to be held at Lord’s on June 21, 2009.
Steve Elworthy, the tournament director, said: “The ECB are extremely proud that we will host the first global team competition that will culminate with the semi-finals and final on the same day as the men’s events.
“We must praise the ICC for their foresight in scheduling this event in this historic fashion. We are equally delighted that we will be able to recommend to ICC that the group matches be hosted here at Taunton, the home of women’s cricket in England and Wales.
“I would like to thank Somerset County Cricket Club for their determined bid and their promise of support in promoting and staging the event not only in June 2009 but also during the build up in the next 14 months.”
Clare Connor, ECB head of women’s cricket, added: “This is a special day for cricket in what has already been a special start to the year for women’s cricket in England and Wales.
“This year we have been able to report a massive 45 per cent rise in participation in girls and women’s cricket and then see the England team complete their most successful ever tour of the southern hemisphere retaining the Ashes against Australia and then beating New Zealand in a one day series.
“The atmosphere in Bowral for the Ashes Test was outstanding and I am sure that is something that we and the cricketing public of Taunton, Somerset and the South West of England can recreate in June 2009.
“I know that Taunton is a special ground for the England women’s team and has also impressed so many of the touring sides that have played here.
“Now our challenge is to work with all parties – and we have already received Government support for this – to ensure that there is another positive legacy not only for women’s cricket but also women’s sport.”
Somerset chief executive Richard Gould said: “Hosting such a major event is a great coup for Taunton and Somerset.
“Women’s cricket is now a major player in global sport and we look forward to welcoming the world’s best teams in 2009, particularly as by then we will have completed the first tranche of our redevelopment and will be able to provide a world-class cricketing arena to go along with our world-class pitches.”