|Event:||Kia Super League 2017|
DateLine: 1st February 2017
Southern Vipers will get their Kia Super League title defence underway live on Sky Sports and BBC Radio this summer when they take on Western Storm at the Ageas Bowl on Thursday 10th August in the opening clash of the 2017 twenty20 (T20) competition.
The re-match of last summer's inaugural Kia Super League final will precede Hampshire's NatWest T20 Blast encounter against Glamorgan, and is one of six domestic "double-headers" between the two tournaments, which will all be televised live on Sky Sports, with ball-by-ball commentary also available on BBC Radio.
After the huge success of the first Kia Super League last summer, which saw over 15,000 fans enjoy watching the 15 group stage matches, the second season will follow the same format, with the six teams taking part in a round-robin competition over a 17 day period and across 13 different venues from Thursday 10th August to Saturday 26th August 2017. The competition will once again climax in a showcase finals day involving the top three teams on Friday 1st September at the 1st Central County Ground in Hove.
In addition to the six double-header group stage matches, Sky Sports will provide live television coverage of finals day, with BBC Radio covering every round of matches, alongside finals day.
ECB Director of England Women's Cricket, Clare Connor, commented:
"At the end of last summer I said that I was immensely proud of what the Kia Super League had achieved during its first season, but equally I stressed that there was still considerable growth potential for the competition.
"Moving into year two I am therefore delighted to announce the next historic moment in the development of the domestic women's game in this country, with six Kia Super League group stage matches plus finals day due to be televised live on Sky Sports, alongside enhanced levels of broadcast coverage throughout the competition on BBC Radio.
"In total, we will be taking the Kia Super League to 14 different venues during the season, which presents a fantastic platform to spread the game to new audiences across the country. Alongside the ICC Women's World Cup in June and July, we have a brilliant opportunity to showcase the sport this summer, grow our participation base and inspire more fans than ever before to watch and get involved with women's cricket."
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