Sunrisers are today delighted to be able to announce the First Eleven fixtures for the 2023 season, unveiling an enhanced playing schedule for the women’s professional game.
Sunrisers fans can look forward to ten home fixtures, spread across four home venues, which will include five T20 double headers played on the same days as the host venue’s men’s sides are in Vitality Blast action.
The season starts with a trip to the south coast to face last year’s beaten finalists, Southern Vipers, in the Rachael Heyhoe Flint Trophy, before we host three consecutive home games – two at Essex County Cricket Club’s Chelmsford home and one at Radlett CC, where Middlesex have played regular fixtures in the past seasons.
An away trip up to Thunder concludes the initial block of 50 over fixtures, before the Charlotte Edwards Cup T20 competition gets underway. We will host Central Sparks under the lights at Chelmsford, before then hosting South East Stars at the Home Of Cricket, Lord’s Cricket Ground, on what promises to be a truly memorable occasion.
The end of May sees a journey north for a double header weekend, with games played at Old Trafford and at Headingley, before further away trips to Nottingham, and Brighton and Hove, in June. These fall either side of our first match at Northampton’s County Ground, with Western Storm the visitors. Finals Day this year will take place at Worcestershire’s New Road on 10 June.
The RHFT returns in July with Vipers heading to Chelmsford, before we make the short journey to Beckenham to face Stars. Thunder will then visit Northampton in our final home game, which will be followed by trips to Worcester and Cheltenham before the competition breaks for the Hundred.
Sunrisers then host Western Storm at Radlett in September, before hosting our last home game of the season at Chelmsford, with Central Sparks visiting the Cloud County Ground. A midweek trip to face The Blaze at Welbeck CC will follow, before the season finale in Durham against last season’s winners, Northern Diamonds. Sunrisers will be aiming to feature in the competition’s final on Sunday 24 September at their home venue of Northampton.
Sunrisers Regional Director of Women’s Cricket, Danni Warren, commented:
“We are delighted to have the fixture list confirmed ahead of next summer, with plenty of time to build excitement in our region and around the squad.
Having the opportunity to play at Lord’s is amazing for this squad of players, and thanks to the calibre of games that the majority of the girls have experienced, they won’t be phased by the challenge.
We are really looking forward to welcoming supporters from our Sunrisers family to all four home venues this summer, and play their part in the new era of Sunrisers.”
Please see the full Sunrisers Fixture List below.