|Countries||England and Wales|
|Tournament format||Round-robin and knockout stage|
|Number of teams||6|
|Current trophy holder||Western Storm (2019)|
|Most successful||Western Storm (2 titles)|
|Website||Kia Super League|
The Women's Cricket Super League (WCSL), known as the Kia Super League (KSL) for sponsorship reasons, was a semi-professional women's Twenty20 cricket competition in England and Walesoperated by the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB). The competition featured six franchise teams, partnered with a variety of county teams and boards and universities, and was envisaged as a means to bridge the gap between amateur domestic cricket and the increasingly professional international game.
The WCSL launched in 2016, with each team playing five group stage matches in a round-robin format, followed by a finals day; this was increased to ten group matches in 2018, following the ECB abandoning their initial plans to expand the tournament by also incorporating a 50-over competition.
The WCSL ended after the 2019 season, ahead of the intended launch of the ECB's new format, The Hundred, and its city-based men's and women's franchises. Western Storm ended the competition as the most successful team with two titles, in 2017 and 2019. Southern Vipers and Surrey Stars won one title each, in 2016 and 2018 respectively.
The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) announced their plans for the Women's Cricket Super League in June 2015, stating they would invest £3 million over four years. The competition would launch with six teams playing in a Twenty20 format, with the initial intention to add a 50-over competition in 2017.The ECB received 28 applications to host teams in the first stage of bidding, with the process subsequently moving to an interview stage. The six successful bids were announced in January 2016. The ECB hoped that the WCSL would develop as a semi-professional competition, with the intention of bridging the gap between the amateur Women's County Championship and international cricket, for which England players are centrally contracted as professionals.
It was decided in advance of the 2017 season that the planned 50-over competition would not after all take place, with the ECB and the franchises preferring to concentrate their resources on developing the existing Twenty20 format.For the 2018 season, the group stage of the competition was doubled in size, with each of the teams now facing each other home and away for a total of ten group matches.
In 2018, the ECB announced the planned launch of The Hundred in 2020, a new hundred-ball format competition to be played by newly-created city-based franchises with both men's and women's teams.In conjunction with this, it was also announced that the WCSL would be scrapped after the 2019 season, with the implication that the existing franchises would be wound up and there would be no more top-level women's Twenty20 competition in England.
The ECB announced the six hosts for the WCSL in January 2016, with hosting rights awarded for four years of the competition, 2016 to 2019 inclusive. The hosts and partners included seven First-class counties, five minor counties and three universities.Team names, along with the fixtures and venues for the 2016 season, were announced in February 2016. The allocation of England players to the teams was announced in April 2016, with overseas player allocations being announced later that month.
|Team||Hosts and partners||Home grounds||Captain|
|Lancashire Thunder||Kathryn Cross|
|Loughborough Lightning||Georgia Elwiss|
|Southern Vipers||Tammy Beaumont|
|Surrey Stars||Surrey County Cricket Club||Natalie Sciver|
|Western Storm||Heather Knight|
|Yorkshire Diamonds||Yorkshire County Cricket Club||Lauren Winfield|
|Year||Winner||Runners-up||Venue||Player (club)||Runs||Player (club)||Wickets||Notes|
|Leading run-scorer||Leading wicket-taker|
|2016||Southern Vipers||Western Storm||County Cricket Ground, Chelmsford||Stafanie Taylor (Western Storm)||289||Stafanie Taylor (Western Storm)||11|
|2017||Western Storm||Southern Vipers||County Cricket Ground, Hove||Rachel Priest (Western Storm)||261||Nat Sciver (Surrey Stars)||12|
|2018||Surrey Stars||Loughborough Lightning||County Cricket Ground, Hove||Smriti Mandhana (Western Storm)||421||Kirstie Gordon (Loughborough Lightning)||17|
|2019||Western Storm||Southern Vipers||County Cricket Ground, Hove||Danielle Wyatt (Southern Vipers)||466||Freya Davies (Western Storm)||19|
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