Gloucestershire Cricket to host World Cup winners in Bristol next summer

November 24 2017

As the women’s Ashes builds towards an exciting climax, the England and Wales Cricket Board today announced the summer 2018 international fixtures for the England women’s team.

As the women’s Ashes builds towards an exciting climax, the England and Wales Cricket Board today announced the summer 2018 international fixtures for the England women’s team.

There’s good news for the The Brightside Ground as the World Cup winners will play at Gloucestershire County Cricket’s site in Bishopston on Thursday 28 June, as part of an IT20 Tri-Series.

One year on from lifting the trophy on an historic day in front of a packed house at Lord’s, England will face World Cup semi-finalists South Africa before taking on long-time rivals New Zealand.

For the IT20 Tri-Series, The Brightside Ground and The Cooper Associates County Ground, Taunton, will host double-header match-days with South Africa facing New Zealand then England on June 20, England against South Africa and New Zealand on June 23, and New Zealand against South Africa and England on June 28. 

Both ODI series will see crucial ICC Women’s Championship points up for grabs while the IT20 Tri-Series takes on extra importance ahead of the ICC Women's World Twenty20, to be played in the West Indies in November 2018. Those not in attendance will still be able to follow the team over the summer with every ball of every game broadcast live on Sky Sports and via BBC Radio.

Players from all three sides will then turn their attentions to the expanded Kia Super League which will wrap up the summer in August. The tournament is doubling in length after the success of the first two years. 

Looking ahead to the summer Clare Connor, ECB Director of Women’s Cricket said:

“We are very excited to be staging two different series against high class opposition next summer with an expanded fixture list reflecting increased spectator interest in watching the England women’s team in action.

“Last summer’s World Cup success must be the watershed moment for our game that everyone is saying it could be. We will measure that through on-pitch performances, ticket sales, numbers of viewers and listeners and our ability to attract new fans and participants.

“The 2018 schedule is an exciting one across both white ball formats and will ensure that more people around the country have the chance to watch the team.

“Both South Africa and New Zealand will be tough tests for England and we can expect a competitive and exciting summer of cricket ahead in both formats.”

Tickets for international games and KSL Finals Day will be on sale from Tuesday 12 December.