England Women’s Cricketer
Georgia Elwiss' blog: England Women's star looks ahead to an exciting summer on Sky Sports
Last Updated: 05/02/17 4:10pm
England Women's star Georgia Elwiss looks forward to an exciting summer with the Kia Super League set to be shown on Sky Sports...
Is it the summer yet?
After the exciting news announced on Wednesday that six of the Kia Super League matches this summer will be live on Sky Sports, I'm raring to get going with the 2017 season.
I never thought I would be playing in a women's domestic competition shown live on TV in England and it really shows the huge developments we have made in the women's game, in terms of both the standard on the field and the exposure and coverage we now get.
I thoroughly enjoyed the whole experience of the inaugural Kia Super League last year, and getting the chance to captain Loughborough Lightning will always be one of my proudest moments.
To play at amazing venues such as Headingley, the Ageas Bowl and, of course, seeing Loughborough University's Haslegrave ground transformed into a sea of purple and pink deckchairs was fantastic.
We played in front of record-breaking crowds throughout the tournament, over 15,000 in total across the country, and having such close matches made the tournament a massive success and I can't wait to get started with it again this year.
In particular, I'm really looking forward to taking on Western Storm on August 12. They have an excellent line-up including the current England captain and vice-captain, Heather Knight and Anya Shrubsole, and although we beat them in the group stages last year, they managed to very annoyingly pip us in the semi-final.
Not only will that be the first clash of our 2017 campaign, but it will be at Taunton, one of my favourite grounds in the world, as a historic double-header with the NatWest T20 Blast fixture between Somerset and Kent, all live on Sky Sports - amazing - I'm sure it'll be a cracker.
Not only have we got the Kia Super League to look forward to this summer, ahead of that we also have the flagship ICC Women's World Cup on English shores from the end of June and throughout July.
There's already a buzz around the England training group about having a home World Cup and hopefully we can attract some large crowds and drum up lots of passionate support from fans around the country.
It's set to be the most exciting summer of women's cricket yet and the girls can't wait to get the spikes back on and get out there on the park.