Royal London Women’s One-Day Cup

Comprising four divisions – with division four split into two groups based on geographical location (North & East and South & West) – 2014 sees the first time that Royal London will act as the title sponsor for the annual 50-over women’s county cricket competition.

Formerly known as the Women’s County Championship, the competition has been overseen by the ECB since 1998, and in a remarkable sequence, over the past 11 seasons either Sussex or Kent have been crowned champions every year since 2002 – when Yorkshire won the title - with Sussex securing the title for a record sixth time at the end summer 2013.

Sussex are led by England women’s wicket-keeper batter, Sarah Taylor, for the first time this season, while England women’s captain Charlotte Edwards once again oversees things on the field for Kent.

Away from the Sussex – Kent rivalry, 2013 Women’s Ashes Player of the Series and Berkshire captain, Heather Knight, is hoping to emulate her run-scoring exploits from last summer, when she topped the women’s county batting rankings with 604 runs.  England women’s spinner Danielle Hazell meanwhile will be looking to build on the 14 wickets that she took last season to boost Yorkshire’s title hopes this year.

ECB Head of England Women’s Cricket, Clare Connor, said: “It is very exciting to welcome Royal London on board as the new title sponsor of the women’s 50-over county competition.  This move acts as a further example of the increasing profile of women’s cricket at all levels in England.

“The structure, standard and scale of women’s county cricket in England has developed significantly since the ECB first took over the organisation of the women’s county game in 1998.  For 34 women’s county sides, in addition to representative teams from Ireland, Scotland and the Netherlands, to now to be involved is a wonderful demonstration of the growth that has taken place at the grassroots of the women’s game over the last 16 years.

“It is from this strong base that the England women’s team will continue to progress and perform well on the international stage, as younger players can progress through their county age-group systems to play alongside and against the likes of Charlotte Edwards, Sarah Taylor and Heather Knight.”

For a full outline of 2014 Royal London Women’s One-Day Cup fixtures, results, individual and team statistics visit the competition site on play-cricket.com

2014 Royal London Women’s One-Day Cup Divisions in full:

Division 1: Berkshire, Essex, Kent, Middlesex, Nottinghamshire, Surrey, Sussex, Warwickshire, Yorkshire
Division 2: Cheshire, Wales, Devon, Durham, Ireland, Lancashire, Somerset, Staffordshire, Worcestershire
Division 3: Derbyshire, Gloucestershire, Hampshire, Hertfordshire, Leicestershire, Netherlands, Northamptonshire, Oxfordshire, Scotland
Division 4 North & East: Cambridgeshire, Cumbria, Norfolk, Northumberland, Suffolk
Division 4 South & West: Buckinghamshire, Cornwall, Dorset, Shropshire, Wiltshire

ECB Women’s County Championship roll of honour:

Year

Winner

Runners-Up

2013

Sussex

Yorkshire

2012

Kent

Essex

2011

Kent

Sussex

2010

Sussex

Kent

2009

Kent

Sussex

2008

Sussex

Kent

2007

Kent

Sussex

2006

Kent

Sussex

2005

Sussex

Kent

2004

Sussex

Kent

2003

Sussex

Nottinghamshire

2002

Yorkshire

Berkshire

2001

Yorkshire

Berkshire

2000

Yorkshire

Nottinghamshire

1999

East Midlands

Yorkshire

1998

Yorkshire

Surrey

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