The Home of Cricket will host the final of the Rachael Heyhoe Flint Trophy’s on September 25, 2022. Until last year, Lord’s was never the venue to host an official domestic women’s tournament. In a historic change, Lord’s was home to the London Spirit in The Hundred. The last time the national team played at Lord’s was five years ago in front of a packed house during their successful World Cup campaign.
Named after former England captain Rachael Heyhoe Flint who led her team to victory in the inaugural 1973 Women’s Cricket World Cup. The Rachael Heyhoe Flint Trophy is the domestic 50-player cricket tournament in England. Eight teams play against each other in the group stage, the top players go directly to the final. The 2nd and 3rd seeded teams will compete in a play-off. The winner of the play-off then moves on to play the Final at Lord’s against the table toppers.
The England and Wales cricket board announced in 2018 the launch of a ‘new regional elite domestic structure for women’s cricket, including a 50-over and a 20-over tournament alongside The Hundred in 2018. was a one-time tournament. however, due to the pandemic, in February 2021 announced the continuation of the same for the next season.
The Charlotte Edward Cup, the women’s regional T20 tournament, will feature 10 doubleheaders along with the T20 Blast Fixtures. The doubleheaders proved to be excellent crowd pullers during The Hundred, making the first season a resounding success.
In a first, a women’s game of the Charlotte Edward Cup will be televised and another, a doubleheader, will have the men’s game take place before the women’s game.
Several doubleheaders have been set up with the holiday season in mind throughout the month of June to draw in some crowds and increase the popularity of the sport in the country. Alan Fordham, head of cricket operations at the ECB said: “That’s (holidays) an opportunity to get some support at a time when spectators might be able to attend more.”
He added: ‘It’s also an efficient way to host competitions because we want to stage them, if we can, in our most prestigious venues. The doubleheaders we’re talking about here are all located in our prime county HQ locations.”
With the Ageas Bowl set to host two doubleheaders, the other venues are Headingly, Taunton, Trent Bridge, Edgbaston, Bristol, Old Trafford, Riverside and Northampton.
“They want to stage this and bring the women’s game to a pretty level with the men’s game, especially with regard to T20, which is the only format that lends itself domestically to doubleheaders,” said Fordham.