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Charlotte Edwards Cup

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Dec 15, 2021

The Charlotte Edwards Cup, initially named the Women’s Regional T20, is an English women’s cricketTwenty20 domestic competition organised by the England and Wales Cricket Board. The first edition of the tournament took place in 2021. The tournament is named after England’s former captain and most capped player, Charlotte Edwards.[1]

Women’s cricket tournament
Charlotte Edwards Cup
Countries  England
 Wales
Administrator ECB
Format Twenty20
First edition 2021
Tournament format Group stage and knockout
Number of teams 8
Current champion South East Stars (1st title)
Most successful South East Stars (1 title)

The tournament features eight teams, representing regional hubs across England and Wales. The tournament is a successor to the Women’s Cricket Super League, which ended in 2019. Whilst a regional T20 tournament was planned for 2020, it was cancelled in favour of the 50-overRachael Heyhoe Flint Trophy in the shortened 2020 season due to the COVID-19 pandemic. In 2021, the tournament ran alongside the Rachael Heyhoe Flint Trophy and The Hundred.[2][3]

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With the ending of the Women’s Cricket Super League in 2019, the England and Wales Cricket Board intended to launch a new regional structure for domestic women’s cricket in England and Wales, including a 50-over competition, a Twenty20 competition and The Hundred.[2] However, as the COVID-19 pandemic shortened the 2020 season, only the 50-over Rachael Heyhoe Flint Trophy was able to go ahead that season, with six new teams competing, plus Western Storm and Southern Vipers carried over from the WCSL, representing regional hubs.[4]

In 2021, with a return to a full schedule, it was announced in February that the new Twenty20 competition would be called the Women’s Regional T20. to run alongside the Rachael Heyhoe Flint Trophy and to be competed for by the same teams. Two days before the tournament began, it was renamed the Charlotte Edwards Cup, with the first edition of the tournament getting underway on 26 June.[1][5]

The teams for the Women’s Regional T20 are as follows:[5]

Team County partners Home grounds Captain
Central Sparks

Evelyn Jones
Lightning

Kathryn Bryce
Northern Diamonds

Hollie Armitage
North West Thunder

Alex Hartley
South East Stars

Tash Farrant
Southern Vipers

Georgia Adams
Sunrisers

Kelly Castle
Western Storm

Sophie Luff

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