ICC Women’s World Cup comes to Bristol

March 24 2017

A fantastic summer of world class sport is coming to Bishopston this year. Marvin Rees was joined by England internationals Alex Hartley and Tammy Beaumont, along with Gloucestershire Cricket chief executive Will Brown and Fi Hance, Cabinet Member for City Health and Wellbeing, to launch the ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup countdown clock in Cabot Circus.

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A fantastic summer of world class sport is coming to Bishopston this year. Marvin Rees was joined by England internationals Alex Hartley and Tammy Beaumont, along with Gloucestershire Cricket chief executive Will Brown and Fi Hance, Cabinet Member for City Health and Wellbeing, to launch the ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup countdown clock in Cabot Circus.

The high profile launch on International Women’s Day, March 8, unveiled the full match schedule for this summer’s ICC Women’s World Cup including eight matches to be played at the Bristol County Ground.

Will Brown, Chief Executive of Gloucestershire County Cricket Club said: “We are absolutely delighted to be playing such a huge part in the ICC Women's World Cup this year and we look forward to bringing such an iconic event to Bristol.  

“We look forward to welcoming visitors, both local and global, to the City and to the Bristol County Ground - roll on June!"

The tournament gets underway on Saturday 24 June with New Zealand v Sri Lanka. In what is set to be the highlight of the group matches, England will face the six times and reigning champions Australia at Bristol on Sunday 9 July. A round-robin between the world’s eight best teams will conclude in Semi-Finals, the first to be held at Bristol on Tuesday 18 July, before the final at Lords on Sunday 23 July.

Wicket-keeper and opening bat for England, Tammy Beaumont, said: “I’m really excited that it’s on home soil. England are going to do a really good job about putting it on and in particular, Bristol. We played a couple of internationals there last year and the crowd and support that we got from this part of of the country was great.

I really can’t wait to see us put it on a world stage - it will really set a new standard for Women’s World Cups.”  

Alex Harley, aged 23, is an orthodox spinner for England and plays professionally for Lancashire Thunder in the Key Stage League. “It’s the first home World Cup since 1993 and a big thing for us. I’m really looking forward to it,” she said.

Speaking at the launch Mayor of Bristol, Marvin Rees, said: “This year we are a European City of Sport, so this couldn’t come at a better time.  We want to use our year as a platform to help inspire more local people to take part in sport and active recreation to help create a healthier and happier city. Events like this play an important role in that aim.

“Bristol is a city that is full of active and passionate people and I feel certain that we will see plenty of locals out supporting our England team this summer.  I hope that it will inspire more local people to get out and try something new this summer and feel the benefit.”  

The launch on International Women’s Day also raised the challenge of getting more women into competitive sport. Emily Salvidge from Gloucester County Cricket Club explained:

“I think a lot of people get into cricket because they know someone who’s played or there’s a family link. The challenge is how do we get outside of that, get girls playing and engaged in it? 

“The ECB are involved at a grass roots level introducing more of a social aspect to it for girls and women with a softball league. It’s going and playing after work - taking a similar route to what rounders has done. We also need to get girls into the clubs and know that they can just turn up and play in the league.”

Tammy added: “We are very lucky to be fully supported by the ECB and to play full time and concentrate on our cricket. My dad and my older brother both play cricket and it was a massive family thing with every weekend spent down the cricket club. I got bored watching and started playing.

“It’s nice to see that it is taken seriously as a sport these days. Even when I started at the age of ten it’s come such a long way. I barely knew that women’s cricket existed - it was my parents who found that out.”

Alex said: “None of my family play cricket but I was on an estate full of boys and they started playing cricket and I joined in. I started and absolutely loved it.”

Tickets for all matches, including the Bristol fixtures shown below, are on sale from www.icc-cricket.com/tickets

 New Zealand v Sri Lanka - Saturday 24 June

Sri Lanka v Australia - Thursday 29 June

Australia v New Zealand - Sunday 2 July

England v South Africa - Wednesday 5 July

England v Australia - Sunday 9 July

Australia v India - Sunday 12 July

England v West Indies - Saturday 15 July

Semi Final 1 - Tuesday 18 July