The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) have announced that Lendlease Breakers stars Ellyse Perry and Rene Farrell are set to join 14 other world class international players in the much anticipated second installment of the Kia Super League.
Perry and Farrell, who both took part in the inaugural Kia Super League in 2016, will once again by wearing the colours of Loughborough Lightening and Surrey Stars respectively.
They will be joined by fellow Australians Jess Jonassen (Lancashire Thunder), Kirsten Beams and Elyse Villani (Loughborough Lightening) and Beth Mooney (Yorkshire Diamonds). This strong Australian contingent is indicative of the watershed year which women’s cricket and sport has had in Australia, and a great indicator of the strength of the game and players being produced.
This announcement also closely followed on from Wisden naming Ellyse Perry as one of the 2016 Leading Cricketers in the World alongside India’s Virat Kholi. The Lendlease Breakers and Commonwealth Bank Southern Stars allrounder made nine half-centuries in 13 ODI innings, averaging 81.33 with the bat, and took 20 wickets at 24.40.
ECB Director of Women’s Cricket Clare Connor comments, “This is a huge summer for women’s cricket and we look forward to seeing the world’s best talent on show at both the ICC Women’s World Cup followed by the Kia Super League. There will hopefully be some great momentum behind women’s cricket after the World Cup and the Kia Super League can take advantage of that. It is an opportunity to continue to raise the bar for our sport.
“After the success of 2016, we know we can expect to see some outstanding performances in the second season of this T20 competition. Hopefully the players and the quality of cricket can inspire new participants and fans across the country.”
The second instalment will see 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.
The competition will climax in a showcase finals day on Friday 1 September at the 1st Central County Ground in Hove.