Charlotte Edwards Cup Essentials: Western Storm v Sunrisers

Match times, streaming information, tickets and travel, team news, weather forecast and everything else you need to know ahead of the first round of the Charlotte Edwards Cup...

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Fixture: Western Storm v Sunrisers

Venue: Cooper Associates County Ground, Taunton

Dates: Saturday, June 26, 2021

Start time: 2.30pm

What's the lowdown?

The first weekend of the aptly-named Charlotte Edwards Cup sees Western Storm take on Sunrisers at Taunton: two teams enduring a poor campaign thus far in the Rachael Heyhoe Flint Trophy. Only winless Sunrisers sit below Storm, who have lost three of their opening four games - a disappointing beginning for a much-fancied side.

They will see this T20 competition, therefore, as an opportunity to bring some positivity into their summer. It was in this format of the game, of course, that Western Storm - in their former guise - were so dominant in the Kia Super League years. Replicating tht is the challenge facing head coach Mark O'Leary, with Sunrisers - coached by former Storm boss Trevor Griffin - their first test.

Who should I watch out for?

For Western Storm, watch out for Georgia Hennessy, jointly their leading wicket-taker this season in the Heyhoe Flint Trophy and an allrounder of significant potential, even if she hasn't enjoyed the same success yet this season as last season, when she emerged as one of the stories of the truncated season.

Sophie Luff has averaged just north of 30 with the bat so far this season; in the absence of England captain Heather Knight, however, more is needed from the Storm skipper.

Sunrisers are without a point in the 50-over tournament, so will be relieved to have a run of T20 fixtures coming up now. Much of their squad was involved in regaining the London Cup for Middlesex over Surrey earlier this week - a triumph that should raise confidence, with Naomi Dattani and Cordelia Griffith both vitally important as Amara Carr's side look for a change in fortunes.

What's the team news?

Heather Knight and Anya Shurbsole are missing for Western Storm, who will pick an XI from the following 14-woman squad: Sophie Luff, Fi Morris, Katie George, Georgia Hennessey, Danielle Gibson, Nat Wraith, Alex Griffiths, Nicole Harvey, Lauren Parfitt, Lauren Filer, Mollie Robbins, Emma Corney, Steph Hutchins, Emily Edgcombe, Niamh Holland, Bethan Gammon

Mady Villiers will be available to Sunrisers after being released by England. Kelly Castle has taken over the captaincy of the side for the Charlotte Edwards Cup.

Latest Western Storm news: Click here

Latest Sunrisers news: Click here

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What's the weather forecast?

Keep up to date with the MetOffice’s rolling forecast for Taunton: Click here

How do I follow the match?

TV/stream: Somerset's YouTube account will carry a stream. Click here.

Radio: BBC Local Radio and the BBC Sport website will carry updates of the game.

Digital: The Cricketer will carry live scorecards and reports from every Women's Regional Competition match in 2021, as well as the latest breaking news from around the counties and exclusive features. Visit our Women's Regional Hub for more. 

Going to the game?

Tickets

Tickets cost £10 for adults and £5 for juniors.

Click here to visit the Western Storm box office.

Travel

Address: County Ground Taunton, St James Street, Taunton, TA1 1JT

By car: At Junction 25, take the A358 Exit to Taunton/ Yeovil. At the roundabout, take the 2nd exit (south) or 3rd exit (north) onto the A358 heading to Taunton/ A38/ Minehead, continuing straight onto Toneway/ A358. At the next roundabout, take the 2nd exit onto Priory Avenue and the Cooper Associates County Ground will be on your left.

By train: Taunton Train Station is a 10-minute walk from the ground. As you leave the station, turn left into Station Road, heading towards the town centre. Turn left onto Priory Bridge Road, and the ground will be on your right. 

By bus: Taunton Bus Station is a five-minute walk from the ground. As you leave the station, turn left onto Castle Green. Turn left at Fat Face and walk down to Debenhams before turning right into St James Street and the ground will appear on your left.

Park & Ride: Taunton operate two park and ride services from either the Silk Mills (West – TA1 5AA) or Junction 25 (East – TA3 5LU) sites.  Please check their opening hours ahead your visit by clicking here.

Taunton ground guide: Click here

Prediction?

It is difficult to look beyond Western Storm, given the struggles of Sunrisers so far this season. Home win.

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