Sparks Head coach Lloyd Tennant and captain Eve Jones have had their say on the announcement of our fixtures for the 2024 season.
After a successful 2023, playing more games and in more venues, it is exciting to see the Sparks involved in more T20 Double Header’s and, with a busy one-day schedule, Jones is excited to get going.
Jones said: “It’s always exciting to get the fixtures through and see who we’re playing and where.
“We’ll be working hard over the next few months, so we are ready to go.”
It is local rivals The Blaze up first for Sparks, a side who were table toppers in both competitions last season but were runners-up in the respective tournaments.
Sparks Head coach added: “We’ve got to play everyone, so it doesn’t really have a massive effect as to when we play each side.
“I’m not too worried who we play and when we play them, we’ve just got to handle our own business.
“Obviously Blaze are a strong side, but we know what we have in our ranks, and we will be raring to go come April.”
Sparks faced Blaze in their penultimate home game last season, they’ll now be ending but also starting the season against Chris Guest’s side in 2024 and this is something Jones is pleased with.
She said: I think we’ll be happy to be playing Blaze in our first game with them being our local rivals.”
Having the final word, Tennant said hosting the East Midlands’ Blaze in the season opener at Edgbaston will be a good chance to get a strong crowd in the stands.
Tennant added: “Two of our big things is to play exciting cricket and the other is to fill a stadium.
“I think this is one of our big chances in a Midlands Derby, and also in one of the T20 double header’s, to try and build a real fan base.”