Southern Vipers will get their Kia Super League title defence underway live on Sky Sports and BBC Radio this summer when they take on Western Storm at the Ageas Bowl on Thursday 10 August in the opening clash of the 2017 twenty20 (T20) competition.
The rematch of last summer’s inaugural Kia Super League final will precede Hampshire’s NatWest T20 Blast encounter against Glamorgan, and is one of six domestic “double-headers” between the two tournaments, which will all be televised live on Sky Sports, with ball-by-ball commentary also available on BBC Radio.
After the huge success of the first Kia Super League last summer – which saw over 15,000 fans enjoy watching the 15 group stage matches – the second season will follow the same format, with the six teams taking part in a round-robin competition over a 17-day period and across 13 different venues from Thursday 10 August to Saturday 26 August 2017. The competition will once again climax in a showcase finals day involving the top three teams on Friday 1 September at the 1st Central County Ground in Hove.
In addition to the six double-header group stage matches, Sky Sports will provide live television coverage of finals day, with BBC Radio covering every round of matches, alongside finals day. Match start times and ticket information will be confirmed in due course.
“We have a brilliant opportunity to showcase the sport this summer, grow our participation base and inspire more fans than ever before to watch and get involved with women’s cricket.”
ECB Director of England Women’s Cricket, Clare Connor, commented: “At the end of last summer I said that I was immensely proud of what the Kia Super League had achieved during its first season, but equally I stressed that there was still considerable growth potential for the competition.
“Moving into year two I am therefore delighted to announce the next historic moment in the development of the domestic women’s game in this country, with six Kia Super League group stage matches plus finals day due to be televised live on Sky Sports, alongside enhanced levels of broadcast coverage throughout the competition on BBC Radio.
“In total, we will be taking the Kia Super League to 14 different venues during the season, which presents a fantastic platform to spread the game to new audiences across the country. Alongside the ICC Women’s World Cup in June and July, we have a brilliant opportunity to showcase the sport this summer, grow our participation base and inspire more fans than ever before to watch and get involved with women’s cricket.”
Bryan Henderson, Head of Sky Sports Cricket, said: “Sky Sports is giving women’s cricket a platform like never before. With excellent attendance figures for the inaugural Kia Super League last year, we can’t wait to show the competition live into homes for the first time this summer. This is another example of Sky’s fantastic support of the women’s game, we hope our coverage this summer will help inspire the next generation of cricketers.”
BBC Test Match Special Producer, Adam Mountford, added: “After providing extensive commentary on the first year of the Kia Super League, we are thrilled to be able to extend our coverage this summer with every round of matches broadcast on the BBC. You will be able to keep up to date with the twists and turns of the whole tournament via BBC Radio, online and the BBC Sport App, plus regular podcasts rounding up all the latest action. This continues our commitment to covering the women’s game, which has recently included commentary on all of England’s home fixtures plus coverage overseas during the tour to the West Indies last October, and the ICC Women’s World T20 in India in March.”
Kia Super League 2017 fixtures
Thursday 10 August – Southern Vipers v Western Storm (Ageas Bowl, live on Sky Sports)
Friday 11 August – Yorkshire Diamonds v Lancashire Thunder (Headingley, live on Sky Sports)
Saturday 12 August – Western Storm v Loughborough Lightning (The Cooper Associates County Ground, live on Sky Sports)
Sunday 13 August – Surrey Stars v Yorkshire Diamonds (Kia Oval, live on Sky Sports)
Tuesday 15 August – Loughborough Lightning v Southern Vipers (The 3aaa County Ground, live on Sky Sports)
Wednesday 16 August – Lancashire Thunder v Surrey Stars (Emirates Old Trafford, live on Sky Sports)
Friday 18 August – Loughborough Lightning v Yorkshire Diamonds (Loughborough)
Sunday 20 August – Lancashire Thunder v Loughborough Lightning (Blackpool CC)
Sunday 20 August – Southern Vipers v Surrey Stars (Ageas Bowl)
Sunday 20 August – Yorkshire Diamonds v Western Storm (York CC)
Wednesday 23 August – Lancashire Thunder v Southern Vipers (Liverpool CC)
Wednesday 23 August – Surrey Stars v Western Storm (Guildford CC)
Saturday 26 August – Surrey Stars v Loughborough Lightning (Guildford CC)
Saturday 26 August – Western Storm v Lancashire Thunder (The Brightside Ground, Bristol)
Saturday 26 August – Southern Vipers v Yorkshire Diamonds (Arundel)
Friday 1 September – Finals day (1st Central County Ground, Hove, live on Sky Sports)