SOUTHERN Vipers will begin their defence of the Kia Super League by playing in the first game of the 2017 tournament, live on Sky Sports.
They will host Western Storm in a rematch of last summer’s inaugural final and will precede Hampshire’s T20 Blast encounter against Glamorgan.
The first six games of the competition, which begins on August 10, will all be broadcast live on TV as double headers with the Blast.
ECB Director of England Women’s Cricket, Clare Connor, said: “At the end of last summer I said that I was immensely proud of what the Kia Super League had achieved during its first season, but equally I stressed that there was still considerable growth potential for the competition.
“Moving into year two I am therefore delighted to announce the next historic moment in the development of the domestic women’s game in this country, with six Kia Super League group stage matches plus finals day due to be televised live on Sky Sports, alongside enhanced levels of broadcast coverage throughout the competition on BBC Radio.
“In total, we will be taking the Kia Super League to 14 different venues during the season, which presents a fantastic platform to spread the game to new audiences across the country. Alongside the ICC Women’s World Cup in June and July, we have a brilliant opportunity to showcase the sport this summer, grow our participation base and inspire more fans than ever before to watch and get involved with women’s cricket.”
2017 KSL Fixtures
Thursday August 10 – Southern Vipers v Western Storm (Ageas Bowl, live on Sky Sports)
Friday August 11 – Yorkshire Diamonds v Lancashire Thunder (Headingley, live on Sky Sports)
Saturday August 12 – Western Storm v Loughborough Lightning (The Cooper Associates County Ground, live on Sky Sports)
Sunday August 13 – Surrey Stars v Yorkshire Diamonds (Kia Oval, live on Sky Sports)
Tuesday August 15 – Loughborough Lightning v Southern Vipers (The 3aaa County Ground, live on Sky Sports)
Wednesday August 16 – Lancashire Thunder v Surrey Stars (Emirates Old Trafford, live on Sky Sports)
Friday August 18 – Loughborough Lightning v Yorkshire Diamonds (Loughborough)
Sunday August 20 – Lancashire Thunder v Loughborough Lightning (Blackpool CC), Southern Vipers v Surrey Stars (Ageas Bowl), Yorkshire Diamonds v Western Storm (York CC)
Wednesday August 23 – Lancashire Thunder v Southern Vipers (Liverpool CC), Surrey Stars v Western Storm (Guildford CC)
Saturday August 26 – Surrey Stars v Loughborough Lightning (Guildford CC), Western Storm v Lancashire Thunder (The Brightside Ground, Bristol). Southern Vipers v Yorkshire Diamonds (Arundel)
Friday September 1 – Finals day (1st Central County Ground, Hove, live on Sky Sports)