Loughborough University will be one of six host teams that will compete in the inaugural Kia Super League (KSL) this summer. Loughborough will play under the Loughborough Lightning name, joining the successful Netball Super League team in using the Lightning brand. The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) announced Loughborough as a host, alongside Yorkshire Diamonds, Lancashire Thunder, Western Storm, Surrey Stars and Southern Vipers. All six teams have been awarded hosting rights from 2016-2019.
The KSL will start this summer and the teams will compete against each other in a round-robin Twenty20 (T20) event from Saturday 30th July to Sunday 14th August. This will then be followed by the addition of a 50-over format in future years.
Salliann Briggs will be coaching Loughborough Lightning, and she boasts an impressive resume’, having previously been Head Coach of both England Women’s U-19 Development Program and Loughborough University’s MCCU Women’s program.
Loughborough Lightning will play in the League’s opening match, away against Yorkshire Diamonds on Saturday 30th July. The team will then play three consecutive home games at the Haslegrave Cricket Ground on the Loughborough University Campus, starting on Wednesday 3rd August vs. Lancashire Thunder. Following this, Lightning will play Western Storm on Friday 3rd August, and then Surrey Stars a week later on Friday 12th August. To finish the group matches, Lightning will travel to Southern Vipers on Sunday 14th August. The competition will climax with a finals day on Sunday 21st August at the Essex County Ground in Chelmsford.