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Women's Ashes Comes To Bristol In 2015

Gloucestershire Cricket Club will be hosting the second match in the 2015 Women’s Ashes Series as England take on Australia in a Royal London One-Day International Match (ODI) at the Bristol County Ground, on Thursday, July 23rd, 2015.

Having hosted International cricket at the Bristol County Ground since 1999, this is the first time Gloucestershire Cricket has had an opportunity to showcase a women’s 50 over match.

England will be hoping to emulate their performances from the first two multi-format Women’s Ashes contests and retain the Ashes, having won twelve points to four on home soil in 2013 and ten points to eight ‘Down Under’ at the start of this year.

England Women’s Captain, Charlotte Edwards, said: “I’m absolutely delighted that the second Royal London Women’s Ashes ODI will be played at the Bristol County Ground on 23 July.  It is always good to play at new venues and spread the Women’s International game across the country, so I’m already really looking forward to heading to Bristol and playing in front of a passionate local crowd next summer.”

Gloucestershire Cricket’s Chief Executive, Will Brown, added: “We are very excited and honoured to be hosting the second Royal London Women’s Ashes ODI here at the Bristol County Ground next summer.  This fits perfectly with our ambition to bring more world class cricket to Bristol and we can’t wait to be part of the Women’s Ashes Summer and to celebrate some great cricket with players and fans alike.”

It’s been an exciting year for Charlotte Edwards’ side, which has culminated in the women’s team being shortlisted for the ‘Team of the Year’ in the 2014 Sunday Times and Sky Sports Sportswomen of the Year Awards.  The success of the team was such that the captain was also nominated for the coveted 2014 ICC People’s Choice Award, becoming the first female cricketer to be shortlisted to receive the honour.

The 2015 Series will be the third time that the Women’s Ashes have been contested across all three formats of the game – one Test match, three One-Day Internationals and three Twenty20 Internationals – and following a review of the first two encounters by the ECB and Cricket Australia, the number of points awarded for winning the Test match will be reduced from six to four.  Two points will still be awarded to each side in the event of a drawn Test, and the ODIs and T20Is will still be worth two points each for a win.

Full Schedule Women’s Ashes Series 2015:

Date

Format

Venue

Points for a win

Points for a draw

July 21

Royal London ODI*

The County Ground, Taunton

2 points

1 point

July 23   

Royal London ODI*

Bristol County Ground

2 points

1 point

July 26

Royal London ODI*

New Road, Worcester

2 points  

1 point

August

11 – 14

Kia Women’s Test 

The Spitfire Ground, Canterbury

4 points 

2 points   

August 26

NatWest T20I#

The Essex County Ground, Chelmsford

2 points 

N/A

August 28

NatWest T20I#

The BrightonandHoveJobs.com County Ground, Hove

2 points  

N/A

August 31

NatWest T20I+#

SWALEC Stadium, Cardiff

2 points

N/A

*ICC Women’s Championship fixture

#In the event of a draw in the NatWest T20I matches, a super over will be played

+Double-header with men’s NatWest T20I (England v Australia)

  • Sky Sports and BBC Radio will live broadcast all seven Women’s Ashes matches next summer.  By providing live coverage of every ball of the Series, Sky Sports will cover a Women’s Test match for the very first time.
  • Ticket information will be announced by Gloucestershire Cricket Club in due course - click here to visit the Gloucestershire website.