Loughborough Lightning (women's cricket)

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Loughborough Lightning were an English women's Twenty20 cricket team based at Loughborough University. They were formed in 2016 to compete in the inaugural season of the Women's Cricket Super League. They primarily played their home matches at the Haslegrave Ground.[1] They were coached by Rob Taylor[2] and were captained by Georgia Elwiss.[3] The team was partnered with Loughborough University.[4] Together with the netball team and the women's rugby union team, the cricket team was one of three women's sports teams based at Loughborough University that used the Loughborough Lightning name.[5] In 2020, following reforms to the structure of women's domestic cricket, some elements of the Loughborough Lightning were retained for a new team, named just Lightning and representing a broader region.[6]

Loughborough Lightning
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Personnel
CaptainGeorgia Elwiss
CoachRob Taylor (2018-2019)
Salliann Briggs (2016-2017)
Team information
Colours  Purple
Founded2016
Home groundHaslegrave Ground, Loughborough
Secondary home ground(s)Trent Bridge, Nottingham
History
WCSL wins0
Official websiteLoughborough Lightning

T20 kit

HistoryEdit

2016-2019: Women's Cricket Super LeagueEdit

Loughborough Lightning were formed in 2016 to compete in the new Women's Cricket Super League, partnering with Loughborough University and playing across the Midlands.[7] In the first season of the WCSL, the Lightning finished 3rd in the group stage, progressing to the semi-final, where they were beaten by eventual runners-up Western Storm.[8][9] The following season, 2017, saw Loughborough miss out on Finals Day, finishing 4th with two wins.[10]

2018 was Loughborough Lightning's most successful season, as they topped the group with 7 wins from 10 games, progressing straight to the final.[11] However, they were defeated by Surrey Stars by 66 runs after the Stars' Lizelle Lee hit a century.[12] Lightning bowler Kirstie Gordon was the leading wicket-taker of the tournament, with 17.[13] In 2019, the Lightning again progressed to Finals Day after finishing 2nd in the group with 7 victories, but were beaten in the semi-final by the Southern Vipers.[14][15] Following this season, women's cricket in England was restructured and Loughborough Lightning were disbanded as part of the reforms; however they survived in spirit for a new team, Lightning, who represented a larger area, but retained some of their players.[16]

PlayersEdit

Final squad, 2019 season[17]

  • No. denotes the player's squad number, as worn on the back of their shirt.
  •   denotes players with international caps.
No. Name Nationality Birth date Batting Style Bowling Style Notes
Batsmen
1 Georgia Adams   England (1993-10-04) 4 October 1993 (age 27) Right-handed Right-arm medium
58 Chamari Atapattu     Sri Lanka (1990-02-09) 9 February 1990 (age 30) Left-handed Right-arm medium-fast Overseas Player
22 Mignon du Preez     South Africa (1989-06-13) 13 June 1989 (age 31) Right-handed Right-arm medium Overseas Player
All-rounders
16 Sarah Glenn   England (1999-02-27) 27 February 1999 (age 21) Right-handed Right-arm leg break
17 Kathryn Bryce     Scotland (1997-11-17) 17 November 1997 (age 23) Right-handed Right-arm medium-fast
24 Jenny Gunn     England (1986-05-09) 9 May 1986 (age 34) Right-handed Right-arm medium-fast England Performance squad
34 Georgia Elwiss     England (1991-05-31) 31 May 1991 (age 29) Right-handed Right-arm medium-fast Club captain; England Performance squad
50 Hayley Matthews     West Indies (1998-03-19) 19 March 1998 (age 22) Right-handed Right-arm off break Overseas player
25 Joanne Gardner   England (1997-03-25) 25 March 1997 (age 23) Right-handed Right-arm medium-fast
20 Alice Monaghan   England (2000-03-20) 20 March 2000 (age 20) Right-handed Right-arm medium-fast
Wicket-keepers
40 Amy Jones     England (1993-06-13) 13 June 1993 (age 27) Right-handed England Performance squad
27 Abigail Freeborn   England (1996-11-12) 12 November 1996 (age 24) Right-handed
Bowlers
46 Tara Norris   England (1998-06-04) 4 June 1998 (age 22) Left-handed Left-arm medium
48 Kirstie Gordon     England (1997-10-20) 20 October 1997 (age 23) Right-handed Slow left-arm orthodox England Performance squad
7 Lucy Higham   England (1997-10-17) 17 October 1997 (age 23) Right-handed Right-arm off break

Overseas playersEdit

SeasonsEdit

Season Final standing League standings Notes
P W L T NR BP Pts NRR Pos
2016 Losing semi-finalists: 3rd 5 3 2 0 0 2 8 +0.170 3rd Lost to Western Storm in the semi-final
2017 Group Stage 5 2 3 0 0 2 10 +0.664 4th DNQ
2018 Runners-up 10 7 3 0 0 5 33 +1.361 1st Lost to Surrey Stars in the final
2019 Losing semi-finalists: 3rd 10 7 3 0 0 4 32 +0.792 2nd Lost to Southern Vipers in the semi-final

StatisticsEdit

Overall ResultsEdit

Women's Cricket Super League - summary of results[18][19]
Year Played Wins Losses Tied NR Win %
2016 6 3 2 0 0 50.00
2017 5 2 3 0 0 40.00
2018 11 7 3 0 0 63.63
2019 11 7 3 0 0 63.63
Total 33 19 14 0 0 57.57
  • Abandoned matches are counted as NR (no result)
  • Win or loss by super over or boundary count are counted as tied.

Teamwise Result summaryEdit

Opposition Mat Won Lost Tied NR Win %
Lancashire Thunder 6 5 1 0 0 73.33
Southern Vipers 7 3 4 0 0 42.85
Surrey Stars 7 5 2 0 0 71.42
Western Storm 7 2 5 0 0 28.57
Yorkshire Diamonds 6 4 2 0 0 66.66

RecordsEdit

ReferencesEdit

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  6. ^ "Women's Regional Hubs to play for Rachael Heyhoe Flint Trophy". the Cricketer. Retrieved 16 December 2020.
  7. ^ "Women's Cricket Super League: Six successful bids announced for new T20 league". BBC Sport. Retrieved 16 December 2020.
  8. ^ "Women's Super League 2016 Table". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 16 December 2020.
  9. ^ "Knight's fifty trumps Perry for final berth". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 16 December 2020.
  10. ^ "Women's Cricket Super League 2017 Table". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 16 December 2020.
  11. ^ "Women's Cricket Super League 2018 Table". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 16 December 2020.
  12. ^ "Lizelle Lee's commanding century powers Surrey to KSL title". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 16 December 2020.
  13. ^ "Women's Cricket Super League, 2018/Most Wickets". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 16 December 2020.
  14. ^ "Women's Cricket Super League 2019 Table". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 16 December 2020.
  15. ^ "Vipers scrape through to final after nervy run chase". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 16 December 2020.
  16. ^ "ECB launches new plan to transform women's and girls' cricket". England and Wales Cricket Board. Retrieved 15 December 2020.
  17. ^ "Loughborough Lightning Cricket Squad". Loughborough University. Retrieved 16 December 2020.
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  19. ^ "Loughborough Lightning opposition wise result summary". ESPNCricinfo. Retrieved 16 December 2020.
  20. ^ "Loughborough Lightning Highest totals". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 16 December 2020.
  21. ^ "Loughborough Lightning Lowest totals". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 16 December 2020.
  22. ^ "Loughborough Lightning Highest scores". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 16 December 2020.
  23. ^ "Loughborough Lightning Best Bowling Figures in an Innings". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 16 December 2020.
  24. ^ "Loughborough Lightning Most runs". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 16 December 2020.
  25. ^ "Loughborough Lightning Most wickets". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 16 December 2020.