Loughborough Lightning (women's cricket)

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Loughborough Lightning
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Personnel
Captain Georgia Elwiss
Coach Rob Taylor (2018-2019)
Salliann Briggs (2016-2017)
Team information
Colours  Purple
Founded2016
Home ground Haslegrave Ground, Loughborough
Secondary home ground(s) Trent Bridge, Nottingham
History
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Official website Loughborough Lightning
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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]

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History

2016-2019: Women's Cricket Super League

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]

Home grounds

VenueGames hosted by season
16 17 18 19 Total
Haslegrave Ground 314412
County Ground, Derby 11
Edgbaston Cricket Ground 11
Trent Bridge 11

Players

Final squad, 2019 season [17]

No.NameNationalityBirth dateBatting StyleBowling StyleNotes
Batsmen
1 Georgia Adams Flag of England.svg  England 4 October 1993 (age 27)Right-handedRight-arm medium
58 Chamari Atapattu  Double-dagger-14-plain.pngFlag of Sri Lanka.svg  Sri Lanka 9 February 1990 (age 31)Left-handedRight-arm medium-fast Overseas Player
22 Mignon du Preez  Double-dagger-14-plain.pngFlag of South Africa.svg  South Africa 13 June 1989 (age 31)Right-handedRight-arm medium Overseas Player
All-rounders
16 Sarah Glenn Flag of England.svg  England 27 February 1999 (age 22)Right-handedRight-arm leg break
17 Kathryn Bryce  Double-dagger-14-plain.pngFlag of Scotland.svg  Scotland 17 November 1997 (age 23)Right-handedRight-arm medium-fast
24 Jenny Gunn  Double-dagger-14-plain.pngFlag of England.svg  England 9 May 1986 (age 34)Right-handedRight-arm medium-fast England Performance squad
34 Georgia Elwiss  Double-dagger-14-plain.pngFlag of England.svg  England 31 May 1991 (age 29)Right-handedRight-arm medium-fast Club captain; England Performance squad
50 Hayley Matthews  Double-dagger-14-plain.pngWestIndiesCricketFlagPre1999.svg  West Indies 19 March 1998 (age 23)Right-handedRight-arm off break Overseas player
25 Jo Gardner Flag of England.svg  England 25 March 1997 (age 24)Right-handedRight-arm medium-fast
20 Alice Monaghan Flag of England.svg  England 20 March 2000 (age 21)Right-handedRight-arm medium-fast
Wicket-keepers
40 Amy Jones  Double-dagger-14-plain.pngFlag of England.svg  England 13 June 1993 (age 27)Right-handedEngland Performance squad
27 Abigail Freeborn Flag of England.svg  England 12 November 1996 (age 24)Right-handed
Bowlers
46 Tara Norris Flag of England.svg  England 4 June 1998 (age 22)Left-handedLeft-arm medium
48 Kirstie Gordon  Double-dagger-14-plain.pngFlag of England.svg  England 20 October 1997 (age 23)Right-handed Slow left-arm orthodox England Performance squad
7 Lucy Higham Flag of England.svg  England 17 October 1997 (age 23)Right-handedRight-arm off break

Overseas players

Seasons

SeasonFinal standingLeague standingsNotes
PWLTNRBPPtsNRRPos
2016 Losing semi-finalists: 3rd5320028+0.1703rdLost to Western Storm in the semi-final
2017 Group Stage52300210+0.6644thDNQ
2018 Runners-up107300533+1.3611stLost to Surrey Stars in the final
2019 Losing semi-finalists: 3rd107300432+0.7922ndLost to Southern Vipers in the semi-final

Statistics

Overall Results

Women's Cricket Super League - summary of results [18] [19]
YearPlayedWinsLossesTiedNRWin %
2016 6320050.00
2017 5230040.00
2018 11730063.63
2019 11730063.63
Total3319140057.57

Teamwise Result summary

OppositionMatWonLostTiedNRWin %
Lancashire Thunder 6510073.33
Southern Vipers 7340042.85
Surrey Stars 7520071.42
Western Storm 7250028.57
Yorkshire Diamonds 6420066.66

Records

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