London and East women to compete as Sunrisers in the new Elite Domestic Structure

London and East women to compete as Sunrisers in the new Elite Domestic Structure

(From L) Cordelia Griffith, Naomi Dattani and Amara Carr. © Middlesex CCC

London and East regional women’s hub will compete under the brand name of Sunrisers in the new elite domestic structure, the club announced in a statement on Thursday (July 16). One of the eight regional hubs participating in the new structure, the Sunrisers will cover the region of the three first-class counties of Middlesex, Essex and Northamptonshire, Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC), and the national counties of Hertfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Suffolk, Norfolk and Bedfordshire and Huntingdonshire.

The new structure was made public in October last year and forms a part of England and Wales Cricket Board’s (ECB) ten-point action plan for the betterment and transformation of female cricket. The Sunrisers have already unveiled three players -- Amara Carr, Naomi Dattani and Cordelia Griffith – just a fortnight ago and awarded retainer professional contracts this year. An announcement on the high-profile appointment of the head coach is awaited.

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The franchise will also deliver a performance programme at the academy and emerging player level, aimed at developing the breadth of talent across the region. The Essex County Cricket Club’s Cloud FM County Ground will act as a home venue for Sunrisers’. Carr, Dattani and Griffith visited the ground and also posed for pictures in the team’s new training kit.

“Today’s unveiling is the culmination of a period of consultation across the entire region and pathway. It was key for us to embody those who we represent, and I am so grateful to all of those who have assisted in bringing this to life,” Sunrisers Regional Director of Women’s Cricket, Danni Warren said in a statement.

“We have a vision that we can be proud of and seeing our players and coaching staff wearing the Sunrisers logo for the first time was an immensely proud moment. I cannot wait to see the Sunrisers continue to come to life, on and off the pitch, and look forward to working with all our stakeholders and partners over the coming months and years.“