Ageas hosting showcase Women’s finals

By Connor Steel/2018 photograph, Hampshire Cricket 

AFTER SUCCESSES of hosting test match cricket and numerous Hundred matches this summer, the Ageas Bowl has been allocated the rights to entertain fans yet again in early September.

The English Cricket Board has confirmed the inaugural Charlotte Edwards Cup Final Day for  the first Sunday of next month. The home of Hampshire Cricket will see two T20 matches as the women’s cricket competition comes to an exciting conclusion, which may include home advantage for the Southern Vipers as they look to reach the finals day in just two weeks.

The tournament has been named after former England women’s captain Charlotte Edwards who retired in 2020 at the age of 40 and is now the current director of female cricket at Hampshire. The all-rounder is also a coach working with the Vipers alongside Southern Brave following a lengthy international career that has boosted the love for women’s cricket over recent years.

She has also received an MBE for services to cricket in the Queen’s 2009 Birthday Honours and was awarded the CBE five years later. But Edwards really made her name as an English women’s international player and captain, winning three Ashes series in five years and the World Cup double in 2009 (ODI/T20s). She is also the first female cricketer to have made 1,000 runs, taken 50 wickets and catches in her 220 England appearances over a 21-year career.

It comes as a restructured domestic calendar was formed for women’s cricket after the Covid-19 pandemic, with this T20 competition following the style of the Hundred. Each team will play six games in a tournament divided into two groups based on location primarily. Games are due to restart on August 25 after a break following the Hundred and the 50 overs trophy, with more information on the link. Southern Vipers will host Central Sparks in Hove, before two other matches will be played over the Bank Holiday weekend across the country to decide the three teams for finals day.

The best first team from the two groups will automatically qualify for the final due to start at 4pm, while the second and third best sides will play together in an eliminator/semi final format earlier the same afternoon at midday. It is also a competition that the Vipers are favourites at the time of writing to win, particularly with a 100 percent victory rate and two bonus points from all three matches so far in the tournament; which started on June 26.

Tickets for Charlotte Edwards Cup Finals Day at The Ageas Bowl are now on general sale with tickets – priced at £10 for adults and £5, U17s – available to purchase online via the link above with discounts for families. Hampshire Cricket Members and Sussex CCC Members will be able to attend Finals Day for free with their 2021 Membership

A range of hospitality packages is also available for Finals Day. To find out more, please click here.

The Ageas Bowl Chief Executive Officer David Mann said on the Hampshire Cricket website: “The Charlotte Edwards Cup Finals Day is set to be one of the highlights of the season. We’re thrilled that this showcase event is going to be staged at The Ageas Bowl and are excited at the prospect of watching the teams perform in front of a bumper crowd.”