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Laura Marsh to play for New South Wales this winter

Friday 4th September 2015

Women

Kent all-rounder Laura Marsh is one of five England women’s players heading ‘Down Under’ to play in theWomen’s National Cricket League (WNCL)this winter.

The 28-year-old from Pembury has signed to play forNew South Walesin the established 50-over state-based competition alongside Heather Knight (Tasmania), Sarah Taylor (South Australia), Lauren Winfield (Queensland) and Danielle Wyatt (Victoria).

Kent and England captain Charlotte Edwards, Heather Knight and Sarah Taylor will return to Australia this winter to play for the associated WBBL teams – Perth Scorchers, Hobart Hurricanes and Adelaide Strikers – in the new WBBL T20 competition.

England team-mates Kate Cross andLauren Winfield will also feature in the WBBL after signing for Brisbane Heat, Katherine Brunt will join Charlotte Edwards at Perth Scorchers in December, and Danielle Wyatt will be based with Melbourne Renegades.

The first season of the WBBL will see eight clubs – aligned with the eight KFC Big Bash League clubs – take part in a T20 competition comprising of 59 matches in 51 days, culminating in the final on Sunday 24 January 2016.

England's first Women’s Cricket Super League will be launched next summer during the 2016 season.

The competition will feature six teams and will receive a £3 million investment from the ECB over the next four years.

During its first season the Women’s Cricket Super League will be comprised solelyof T20 cricket and sit alongside the Royal London Women’s One-Day County Cup and NatWest Women’s County Twenty20 competitions.

From 2017 onwards the Super League structure will develop to include both T20 and 50-over formats.