Bears squad leads the way in KSL 19

Nine members of the Birmingham Bears Women's squad have been signed up to play in the 2019 Kia Super League.

The league, which begins on August 6, sees many of the world’s top women players competing. Among them this year will be nine Bears from the squad which recently lifted the Vitality Women’s County T20 Cup and paraded last night at Edgbaston.

"It’s a great opportunity for these players to gain experience of being an elite and temporary full-time cricketer."

Laura MacLeod

They include England star Amy Jones, already well-established

on the international stage, while other younger players will gain massively from mixing with the best.

Jones, Jo Gardner and Kathryn Bryce will play for Loughborough Lightning, Georgia Davies has signed for Yorkshire Diamonds and

Thea Brookes, Marie Kelly and Issy Wong will represent Southern Vipers while Ria Fackrell and Gwenan Davis play for Lancashire Thunder and Surrey Stars respectively. 

The big Bears involvement in the prestige competition is not just a great learning opportunity for them, but also testament to the talent coming through the women’s set-up at Portland Road, believes Laura MacLeod, Warwickshire Women’s & Girls’ Performance Manager.

“It’s a great opportunity for these players to gain experience of being an elite and temporary full-time cricketer ahead of the domestic changes planned for next year,” Laura said.

“The team ended the season superbly by winning the Vitality County T20 Cup. That showed the ability they have and how much they have developed under the coaching of Dominic Ostler and Tom Brown. Playing in the Kia Super League will only further enhance that development.”

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