The Lightning League is in its second year having started in 2016 in conjunction with the Kia Super League (KSL). Six teams have been split into two groups of three. Group A: Sileby, Houghton and Thurnby, Cropston and Newtown Linford and Group B: Market Overton, Ketton and Bowden. The teams will play each other home and away before meeting in Loughborough for a Final’s day. There will a trophy for the winning team as well as awards for the best batter, bowler and fielder on the day.
The league was kicked off on Wednesday night at Sileby Cricket Club with the Lightning League Launch Event. Three current Loughborough Lightning KSL players came to help coach a fielding session with some girls from the teams taking part. The girls showed off their skills in reaction catching and target throwing before all coming together for a final fielding game incorporating many skills. The level of skill on show from all the players was incredibly high and is a positive sign for what the league can achieve.
The Lightning players, Lucy Higham, Paige Scholfield and Abbey Freeborn answered questions about their day to day training life and any strange superstitions they have! They gave the girls a real insight into the volume of cricket they play and how playing professional women’s cricket is becoming a genuine career option.
The evening was rounded off with a short presentation about the league, the rules and the opportunities it holds for
the players involved. All the league fixtures are due to take place in July/August and the girls will get the opportunity to watch Loughborough Lightning at Haslegrave pitch against Yorkshire Diamonds on the 18th of August to draw the league to a close.