ECB to fund sixth professional contract for regions

Each women’s regional team will have an additional professional contract this season with the ECB funding a sixth contract per team for 2021/22.

Western Storm’s professionals for 2022 will therefore be Sophie Luff, Dani Gibson, Alex Griffiths, Georgia Hennessey, Fi Morris and Nat Wraith.

With Northern Diamonds and Thunder each set to fund additional contracts, it will take the number of professional players in the women’s regional structure from 41 to 51. Including the England Women Centrally Contracted players, there are 67 professional women’s cricketers in England and Wales.

Clare Connor, ECB Managing Director of Women’s Cricket, said: “It’s absolutely fundamental to the future of women’s and girls’ cricket in England and Wales that we’re able to continue increasing the depth of our regional game by offering more professional contracts to our players.

“We cannot overstate the impact that a new professional structure is having on our game. We’ve already seen the positive impact it has had on players’ performances in a relatively short space of time. The players are thriving, raising standards across the game and deepening the potential talent pool for England Women.

“Just as important is the visibility of these players, showing young girls that cricket is a game that can offer them a professional future.

“Professionalising the women’s game is a significant chapter for our sport and I’m thrilled that we’re able to continue that momentum by increasing the number of professional contracts on offer.”

Central Sparks Lightning Northern Diamonds Southern Vipers
Emily Arlott Kathryn Bryce Hollie Armitage Georgia Adams
Ami Campbell Sarah Bryce Jenny Gunn Lauren Bell
Gwenan Davies Bethan Ellis Bess Heath Maia Bouchier
Abbey Freeborn Kirstie Gordon Beth Langston Charlie Dean
Eve Jones Lucy Higham Katie Levick Tara Norris
Issy Wong Marie Kelly Linsey Smith Paige Scholfield
*Sterre Kalis
*Rachel Slater


South East Stars Sunrisers Thunder Western Storm
Alice Capsey Amara Carr Georgie Boyce Dani Gibson
Aylish Cranstone Kelly Castle Alex Hartley Alex Griffiths
Alice Davidson Richards Naomi Dattani Laura Jackson Georgia Hennessey
Danielle Gregory Jo Gardner Hannah Jones Sophie Luff
Tash Farrant Cordelia Griffith Emma Lamb Fi Morris
Bryony Smith Grace Scrivens Ellie Threlkeld Nat Wraith
** Phoebe Graham

* Sterre Kalis and Rachel Slater funded by Northern Diamonds Regional Host, Yorkshire CCC

** Phoebe Graham funded by Thunder Regional Host, Lancashire CCC