What you need to know about the Rachael Heyhoe Flint Trophy and Regional T20

The Rachael Heyhoe Flint Trophy is England’s domestic 50 over competition for the women and is returning for the second season from May 29 to September 25. However, it will take a break in between as the Regional T20 competition will be played in the meantime.

Here’s all you need to know about the Rachael Heyhoe Flint Trophy:

HISTORY

Last year’s edition was the inaugural edition, with eight teams divided into two groups – North and South. The Northern Diamonds won the North Group with five wins from six games and played Southern Vipers, who were unbeaten in the Southern Group, in the final.

The Vipers won the final at Edgbaston with Georgia Admas and Charlotte Taylor starring in the final.

Adams finished as the top scorer in the tournament with 500 runs from seven games while Taylor picked up 15 wickets and was the leading wicket-taker in the tournament.

FORMAT

This year, all eight teams will go head-to-head against each other in the group stages. In the end, the team at the top of the table will move to the final while the second and third-placed teams will play a play-off match with the winner moving into the summit clash.

REGIONAL T20 TOURNAMENT

The regional T20 competition and the inaugural The Hundred will be played in between the Rachael Heyhoe Flint Trophy.

In the regional T20 tournament, the eight sides who also play in the Rachael Heyhoe Flint Trophy will again be split into two groups of four teams. The group winners and the best second placed teams will reach Finals Day on September 5.

The best group winner will move into the final instantly and their opponents will be decided by a showdown between the other two teams.

RACHAEL HEYHOE FLINT TROPHY SCHEDULE

May 29

Northern Diamonds v Central Sparks

Western Storm v Thunder

Sunrisers v South East Stars

Southern Vipers v Lightning

 

May 31

Lightning v Northern Diamonds

Central Sparks v Western Storm

South East Stars v Southern Vipers

Thunder v Sunrisers

 

June 5

South East Stars v Western Storm

Sunrisers v Northern Diamonds

Thunder v Lightning

Southern Vipers v Central Sparks

 

June 12

Northern Diamonds v South East Stars

Lightning v Sunrisers

Central Sparks v Thunder

Western Storm v Southern Vipers

 

September 10

Northern Diamonds v Western Storm

South East Stars v Lightning

Sunrisers v Central Sparks

Thunder v Southern Vipers

 

September 12

Northern Diamonds v Thunder

Central Sparks v South East Stars

Western Storm v Lightning

Sunrisers v Southern Vipers

 

September 18

Lightning v Central Sparks

South East Stars v Thunder

Western Storm v Sunrisers

Southern Vipers v Northern Diamonds

 

September 22

2nd v 3rd Playoff

 

September 25

Final 

REGIONAL T20 SCHEDULE

GROUP A

26 June 2021

Lightning v South East Stars

Central Sparks v Southern Vipers

South East Stars v Central Sparks

3 July 2021

Southern Vipers v Lightning

Lightning v Central Sparks

10 July 2021

South East Stars v Southern Vipers

25 August 2021

South East Stars v Lightning

Southern Vipers v Central Sparks

28 August 2021

Central Sparks v Lightning

Southern Vipers v South East Stars

30 August 2021

Lightning v Southern Vipers

Central Sparks v South East Stars

 

GROUP B

26 June 2021

Northern Diamonds v North West Thunder

Western Storm v Sunrisers

2 July 2021

Sunrisers v Northern Diamonds

3 July 2021

North West Thunder v Western Storm

9 July 2021

North West Thunder v Sunrisers

10 July 2021

Western Storm v Northern Diamonds

25 August 2021

Northern Diamonds v Sunrisers

Western Storm v North West Thunder

28 August 2021

Northern Diamonds v Western Storm

Sunrisers v North West Thunder

30 August 2021

Sunrisers v Western Storm

North West Thunder v Northern Diamonds

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