Sussex is set for a memorable summer of women’s cricket following the announcement that The 1st Central County Ground, Hove will host two major matches in 2018.
On Tuesday 12th June, England’s World Cup winners will be in town for a day/night Royal London ODI against South Africa.
The midsummer affair will see the likes of Sarah Taylor, Heather Knight, Tammy Beaumont and Anya Shrubsole in action under the floodlights of The 1st Central County Ground.
The August bank holiday (Monday 27th August) sees the return of the Kia Super League (KSL) Finals Day to Hove.
The culmination of women’s cricket’s premier domestic competition, Finals Day will see the top sides in the country battle it out for the 2018 KSL trophy over the course of a semi-final and final.
This will be the second year in a row that The 1st Central County Ground has been chosen to host this prestigious event. In 2017, just short of 3,500 people were in attendance as Western Storm took the title; a record crowd for a domestic women’s cricket match in England.
Speaking from Sydney, where she is part of the England team currently taking on Australia in the Ashes, Sussex’s Sarah Taylor gave her reaction to the announcement of Hove’s big summer of women’s cricket: “It’s absolutely fantastic that The 1st Central County Ground will be hosting two of the biggest matches of next summer. Sussex is fast becoming a real centre for women’s cricket.
“It’s always a proud moment when you play for England, but it will be made all the more special by the fact I’ll be playing at the home ground of my home county.
“I was at the Kia Super League Finals Day as one of the thousands of spectators this year and the atmosphere was incredible. I can’t wait to be back in 2018, hopefully on the pitch this time!”
Rob Andrew, Chief Executive of Sussex Cricket added: “We are absolutely thrilled to be hosting both an ODI and the KSL Finals Day in the summer of 2018.
“It is a stated aim of Sussex Cricket to continue to grow girls’ and women’s cricket and we have a proud and successful record in this area.
“It’s great to welcome back the England team following their incredible success in the Women’s World Cup last year, and we are delighted to see the Kia Super League Finals Day return to Hove after such a wonderful and record breaking day last season.
“Cricket lovers will be in for some fantastic entertainment, and we look forward to welcoming all the teams and supporters to our fantastic home at The 1st Central County Ground.”
Tickets for both the Royal London ODI on Tuesday 12th June 2018 and Kia Super League Finals Day on Monday 27th August 2018 will go on general sale on Tuesday 12th December 2017 at 10am.
A priority booking window will be available for Sussex Members and ticket holders from last year’s KSL Finals Day ahead of this date, with details to follow in due course.
Tickets will be available via the Sussex Cricket website, by phone on 0844 264 0206 and in person from the club shop.
A full range of hospitality packages will be available for both matches, with further information following shortly.
Report courtesy of Sussex Cricket