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Central Sparks are delighted to announce that the West Midlands Regional County Cup is back for a second edition later this year.

After a successful first year in 2022, which saw the tournament host its inaugural edition, created by the Sparks, the club is pleased to be bringing it back.

The cup is a domestic, one-day format competition featuring four teams based, or near the West Midlands. These include Warwickshire, Worcestershire, Staffordshire, and cricket Wales.

The competition is designed around giving opportunities to senior players within the region of the West Midlands to compete at a high level.

Sparks academy head coach Darren Franklin said: “We wanted to create this cup to give better opportunities to senior players in an around our region.

“It provides scouting opportunities for us at the Central Sparks, to allow players within the West Midlands to perform and show that there’s a pathway for all players.”

Last year’s tournament was won by cricket Wales, who will be hoping to make it two in two years. Staffordshire, Warwickshire, and Worcestershire meanwhile, featured in the ECB T20 Finals Day recently at Leek cricket club.

In that, Warwickshire were crowned champions after defeating Worcestershire in the semi-final, then Staffordshire in the final respectively.

Director of West Midlands Women’s cricket, Laura MacLeod added: “The West Midlands Cup is an important time in the summer calendar for Sparks.

“County cricketers don’t play enough county cricket this year, and we will have scouts at the cup games, so we are fully aware of the talent in the region.

“We look forward to hosting the invitational day on Sunday 3 September.”

Fixture dates are TBC, while Finals Day of the WMRCC will be held by Kenilworth Wardens.


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