Birmingham Bears Women Season Preview

Women's & Girl's Performance Manager Laura MacLeod believes ‘valuable lessons’ have been learnt in the one-day cup camapign as Birmingham Bears begin their Vitality Women’s County T20 Cup campaign.

The first round takes place this weekend (9th June) with three matches taking place at the Edgbaston Community Sports Ground.

A round-robin competition between Cricket Wales Women, Surrey Women and the Birmingham Bears will take place (matches at 10.30am, 1.30pm and 4.30pm) in what is hoped will be the first string of victories of the season for the Birmingham Bears.

Despite the disappointing campaign in the one-day cup, the Bears showed their skills in fighting back as well as they could in every challenging situation, with their one win of the season including an incredible batting performance from England Women’s Amy Jones, 101*.

The Bears will be without Jones and Kathryn Bryce for the T20 cup, as both have been called up for national duty, but other Bears players Ria Fackrell, Bethan Ellis and Gwenan Davies will lead the batting line-up alongside skipper Marie Kelly.

When it comes to bowling, the Bears are well prepared with opening partners Issy Wong and Liz Russell joined by spinner Anisha Patel and pace-bowler Laura Crofts in their arsenal to send shockwaves through a batting order.

“Our performance in the Royal London 50 was disappointing. Finishing in 8th place with one win wasn’t what we set out to achieve at the beginning of the campaign”, said MacLeod.

“With three very close matches and a game contested over DLS, the players and coaches have learnt valuable lessons.

“Having a handful of players feature in the top 10 MVP’s is an indication that we were competitive, just weren’t able to close out games.

“With the T20 competition starting on Sunday it gives us a new opportunity to showcase the many talents of this group of players. We are hoping for attractive, exciting cricket to be on show”.

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