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Cricket Shropshire has released the new provisional dates this summer’s inaugural Women’s Hundred competition, featuring a bunch of young cricketing talent in the county, that was to be held in mid-summer until the COVID-19 pandemic intervened. All the matches will be played at Frankwell in Shrewsbury where there are two pitches on August 23 and September 6. Reserve dates have also been booked just in case of inclement weather which are September 20 and 27.

Originally, the matches were going to be played over four separate mid-week dates but will now be two rounds of matches on each day. The schedule will also change slightly – it will still be a round-robin competition between the four sides plus a 3rd-4th play-off and the grand final.

“We are pleased to confirm that we have new dates for the re-arranged inaugural Shropshire Women’s Hundred,” Lead Officer Steve Reese said. “Due to COVID-19, we were forced to postpone the competition. With hopes raised that there may be some cricket this summer, the board has decided to get some dates in the calendar.”

He also added, “This was going to be our showcase event for the women & girls game and are really pleased to have some dates confirmed to give us the chance of still delivering this event.” The four teams are Southern Steamers, Northern Force, Severn Storm and Iron Maidens. The competition is, of course, subject to appropriate Government guidance and will be run in accordance with any ECB guidelines, with the health and safety of everyone involved paramount.