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CWCL supporting Lancashire Thunder - Four players with Cheshire connections in the Super League team's squad

By Martin Saxon

Newton, Ecclestone, Patel and Lamb to play alongside Taylor, Wyatt, Cross, Matthews, Dottin and Coyte

Cheshire cricket folk planning to watch the Lancashire Thunder team in the inaugural Kia Women’s Super League this season will be excited to learn that England wicketkeeper and star batsman Sarah Taylor has been confirmed as captain.

Four players with connections to Cheshire club cricket are included: Wistaston Village’s Laura Newton, Chester Boughton Hall’s Sophie Ecclestone, Astley Bridge’s Nalisha Patel and Bramhall’s Emma Lamb. England’s Kate Cross and Danielle Wyatt will also turn out for this team, and the overseas players will be Deandra Dottin of the West Indies, Sarah Coyte of Australia and Hayley Matthews of the West Indies (man of the match in the recent World T20 Final).

Lancashire County Cricket Club members and supporters who have purchased a 2016 NatWest T20 Blast season ticket will be able to watch Lancashire Thunder home fixtures free of charge. Otherwise, general admission will be £5 for adults and £1 for under 18s.

Lancashire Thunder play Yorkshire Diamonds (whose squad includes Katherine Brunt, Lauren Winfield, Danielle Hazell and Jenny Gunn; alongside overseas players Shabnim Ismail, Beth Mooney and Alex Blackwell) in the Super League’s ‘Roses’ fixture at Old Trafford on Friday August 12 at 1800. General admission tickets are available via,
and everyone with a connection to the Cheshire Women’s League, Cheshire Women’s CCC or the Cheshire Youth girls’ teams is invited to join us at Old Trafford on this day.

Before that, Lancashire Thunder play Southern Vipers (Charlotte Edwards, Lydia Greenway, Natasha Farrant, Suzie Bates, Sara McGlashan, Megan Schutt) at Blackpool CC on August 5 at 1430.

A third home fixture for the Lancashire Thunder is a friendly against fellow Super League side Loughborough Lightning (Their current England players are Amy Jones, Rebecca Grundy and Georgia Elwiss; their overseas players are Sophie Devine, Ellyse Perry and Dane van Niekerk; and they will also field former Cheshire captain Lauren Griffiths). This takes place at 1300 on Friday July 29, before the Lancashire Lightning men’s team take on Birmingham Bears in the T20 Blast at 1830. Holders of tickets to the men’s match can watch the women’s match at no extra cost.

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