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Somerset CCC to host Women's Ashes Test

Somerset County Cricket Club are pleased to be able to announce that we will once again be playing host to England Women this summer.

It was revealed today by the ECB that England will be taking on West Indies and Australia in 2019, with six ODIs, six IT20s and one Test.

The Test match against Australia will be played at the Cooper Associates County Ground in July and will form part of the Women’s Ashes which will once again be a multi-format points system.

The West Indies ODIs will count towards the ICC Women’s Championship, with qualification for the ICC Women’s World Cup 2021 at stake.

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA – NOVEMBER 07: The England women’s test team pose for a team photo before an England women’s Ashes series training session at North Sydney Oval on November 7, 2017 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)

Following the announcement Somerset CCC CEO, Andrew Cornish said: “It goes without saying that Somerset County Cricket Club are delighted to once again be playing host to the England team. Since staging our first Women’s International back in 1997, we have developed an excellent relationship with the England team.

“Outstanding players such as Anya Shrubsole, Heather Knight and Fran Wilson obviously have links to this area and I know that our Members take a huge amount of pride in seeing them consistently performing impressively on the biggest stage.”

“As a Club we are committed to promoting and showcasing the women’s game and to be staging an Ashes Test at the Cooper Associates County Ground is a real feather in our cap. I have no doubt that our Members will fully support this fixture, as they always do. The Women’s game is going from strength to strength and we are honoured to be playing our part.”

Clare Connor, Director of England Women’s Cricket, said: “We are thrilled to host two world class women’s teams on our shores in the summer of 2019.

“As we have just seen in front of record crowds at the ICC Women’s World T20 in West Indies, both West Indies and Australia will be sure to provide a great challenge for us as well as skillful, entertaining cricket for the growing fan-base for the women’s game.

“Every Ashes summer is a privilege for us all to be part of and we’re looking forward to collaborating with all our venues to ensure we deliver high quality match-day experiences throughout the summer of 2019.”

The Ashes clash will be the fourth Women’s Test match to be held at Taunton but the first between these two old enemies.

The Cooper Associates County Ground staged it’s first Women’s Test in 2002 when England faced India. The match ended in a draw but the highlight was a superb 214 from Mithali Raj.

England then took on South Africa in 2003 with the hosts claiming victory by an innings and 96 runs after a batting masterclass from Claire Taylor who scored 131.

The last Test played in Taunton saw India beat England by five wickets in 2006 despite a century from Charlotte Edwards.

Taunton last played host to an Ashes fixture in 2015 when England beat Australia by 4 wickets in the opening ODI. Unfortunately for Charlotte Edwards’ side it was Australia who eventually reclaimed the trophy.

England’s summer looks like this:

Thursday June 6

*First ODI v West Indies. Fischer County Ground, Leicester

Sunday June 9

*Second ODI v West Indies. Blackfinch New Road, Worcester

Thursday June 13

*Third ODI v West Indies. Cloudfm County Ground, Chelmsford

Tuesday June 18

First IT20 v West Indies. The County Ground, Northampton

Friday June 21

Second IT20 v West Indies. The County Ground, Northampton

Tuesday June 25

Third IT20 v West Indies. County Ground, Derby

AUSTRALIA

Tuesday July 2

First Women’s Ashes ODI. Fischer County Ground, Leicester

Thursday July 4

Second Women’s Ashes ODI. Fischer County Ground, Leicester

Sunday July 7

Third Women’s Ashes ODI. The Spitfire Ground, St Lawrence, Canterbury

Thursday July 18

Women’s Ashes Test. Cooper Associates County Ground, Taunton

Friday July 26

First Women’s Ashes IT20. The Cloudfm County Ground, Chelmsford

Sunday July 28

Second Women’s Ashes IT20. The 1st Central County Ground, Hove

Wednesday July 31

Third Women’s Ashes IT20. The Brightside Ground, Bristol

* denotes ODI counts towards ICC Women’s Championship

Team image courtesy of Getty Images

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