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England and Australia players launch Women’s Ashes series

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England and Australia players come together in Taunton this weekend to launch Women’s Ashes series.

The England and Australia women’s teams will join forces to launch the 2015 Women’s Ashes series this Saturday (18th July), at the County Ground, Taunton.

Led by England women’s captain Charlotte Edwards and her Australian counterpart, Meg Lanning, the players from both squads will help to deliver a free, fun cricket session for the local community on the outfield from 17.00-18.00, followed by a question & answer event involving members of both sides from 18.00-19.00.

A BBQ provided by England cricket team sponsor, Waitrose, will also be available throughout the event, and fans will be able to get batting and bowling tips from the likes of England’s Sarah Taylor and Australia’s Ellyse Perry.

Speaking about the Women’s Ashes launch event, England women’s captain, Charlotte Edwards, said:

“With one week to go until the start of the Women’s Ashes, the excitement throughout the England squad is tangible – we are really looking forward to getting things underway in Taunton in the first Royal London ODI next Tuesday.

“The 2015 Women’s Ashes series gives us the perfect platform to inspire women and girls to love and play cricket, and this free community launch event in partnership with Somerset CCC at the County Ground in Taunton this Saturday will provide a fitting start to possibly the most eagerly anticipated series that I have ever been involved in.  This summer we hope that more fans than ever before will come and watch us play.”

The Women’s Ashes series will get underway on Tuesday 21st July with the first Royal London ODI at the County Ground in Taunton.  The players will then play the second Royal London ODI at the Bristol County Ground on 23rd July, before the third and final 50-over match takes place at Worcestershire’s New Road on 26th July.

Following the Royal London ODIs, the Spitfire Ground, St Lawrence will host the single Women’s Ashes Kia Test match from Tuesday 11th to Friday 14th August.

The Essex County Ground, the County Ground and the SSE SWALEC Stadium will stage the three Women’s Ashes NatWest T20Is on 26th, 28th and 31st August, with the third match in Cardiff being played immediately before the men’s NatWest T20I between England and Australia.

The 2015 series will be the third time that the Women’s Ashes have been contested across all three formats of the game – three ODIs, one Test and three T20Is – with two points available for a win in each of the ODIs and T20Is and four points up for grabs for the winner of the Test match.  Two points will be awarded to each side in the event of a drawn Test.

Tickets are still available for the opening Royal London Women’s Ashes ODI match at The County Ground on July 21st.  Tickets cost £10 for adults and £1 for Under 19’s.  For further information please visit Somerser County Cricket Club here.


Women’s Ashes Series 2015: 

Date Format Venue Points for a win Points for a tie / draw Points for no result
21 July Royal London ODI* The County Ground, Taunton 2 points 1 point 1 point
23 July Royal London ODI* Bristol County Ground 2 points 1 point 1 point
26 July Royal London ODI* New Road, Worcester 2 points 1 point 1 point
11-14 August Kia Women’s Test The Spitfire Ground, St Lawrence 4 points 2 points 2 points
26 August NatWest T20I# The Essex County Ground, Chelmsford 2 points Super Over 1 point
28 August NatWest T20I# The County Ground, Hove 2 points Super Over 1 point
31 August NatWest T20I+# The SSE SWALEC, Cardiff 2 points Super Over 1 point


*ICC Women’s Championship fixture

#In the event of a draw in the NatWest T20I matches, a super over will be played

+Double-header with men’s NatWest T20I (England v Australia)

Live television coverage and radio commentary will be provided for all seven 2015 Women’s Ashes matches via Sky Sports and BBC Radio respectively.

Above photo shows England captain Charlotte Edwards lifts the ashes trophy after the 3rd NatWest T20 match between England and Australia at Emirates Durham ICG on August 31, 2013 in Chester-le-Street, England.  (Photo by Gareth Copley/Getty Images for the ECB)