The second year of the Kia Super League has continued the momentum of England’s ICC Women’s World Cup win with an increase in crowd sizes.
The average KSL attendance is up by a third on 2016. Over 20,000 fans have watched this year’s action – compared to 16,000 at this stage last year – with 1,379, on average, at each game.
- The average attendance for the 2017 Kia Super League is 1,379 – a 33% increase on 2016
- Over 20,000 fans have watched this year’s Kia Super League in grounds
- Tickets are still available for Finals Day at Hove, from just £5 for adults and £1 for children
Today on Finals Day reigning champions Southern Vipers meet the winners of Western Storm and Surrey Stars. It’s set to be an exciting finale to a remarkable summer of women’s cricket, with memories of Anya Shrubsole’s six-wicket haul in front of a sold-out Lord’s still fresh in the mind.
This year has also been the first year that the KSL has been broadcast live on television, with the first six games on Sky Sports as double-headers alongside men’s fixtures in the NatWest T20 Blast. Finals Day will also be live on Sky Sports, and covered by BBC TMS.
On the pitch the tournament has seen its first hundreds – with Suzie Bates and Rachel Priest both reaching three figures – and with two matches still to be played 2017 has seen 73 sixes to last year’s 46.
Director of England Women’s Cricket Clare Connor said: “As we look ahead to KSL Finals Day tomorrow, it’s really pleasing to reflect on the 15 matches that have been played so far. The players have delivered some exciting and spirited performances, batsmen have hit more sixes than in 2016 and the fans have turned up in their thousands. It’s been especially great to see so many mums and their daughters at our games – hopefully they’ve been inspired by what they’ve seen.
“We hoped that we would be able to sustain some of the momentum and energy that surrounded England’s remarkable World Cup campaign and it’s fair to say that we have. Average crowds have grown by a third on last year’s group stage matches so well done to all the venues for their hard work and fingers crossed for a full 1st Central County Ground at Hove tomorrow.”
Finals Day Team Facts
- Southern Vipers have now topped the group table in 2016 and 2017; they lifted the trophy in 2016.
- Southern Vipers have only ever lost two Kia Super League matches (W9) with those losses coming against Western Storm in 2016 and Surrey Stars earlier on in this campaign.
- Suzie Bates has recorded scores of 47*, 52 and 57 in her three innings against Western Storm and scored an unbeaten 50 versus Surrey Stars earlier this season.
- Bates has bowled a total of 212 balls in the Kia Super League across these two campaigns; none of them have been struck for a six.
- Linsey Smith has the best economy rate of any bowler ever to have bowled 20+ overs in the Kia Super League (4.8, 34 overs).
- Surrey Stars are the only side of the three to reach 2017 Finals Day that didn’t get this far in 2016.
- The Stars have won four of their five matches in 2017 (L1); the sole defeat, however, coming in their most recent outing.
- Natalie Sciver (142 with the bat and 10 wickets) is one of only two players to record 100+ runs and take 5+ wickets this season (Suzie Bates).
- No bowler has taken more wickets in the Kia Super League since its inception than Alex Hartley (17 – level with Suzie Bates).
- Laura Marsh has bowled 73 dot balls in this campaign; 10 more than any other bowler.
Western Storm take on Surrey Stars in the 2017 semi-final; they progressed from the 2016 semi-final game against Loughborough Lightning.
- Western Storm have taken on Surrey Stars twice before; both sides claiming one win apiece.
- Rachel Priest posted 57 in last year’s final against Southern Vipers.
- Priest comes into the semi-final against Surrey Stars having reached 50 in two of her last three innings (52 and 106*).
- Claire Nicholas claimed figures of 3/20 versus Surrey Stars earlier this season for Western Storm.
Report courtesy of the ECB