A NEW prestigious cricket competition for women and girls is to be launched in Shropshire this year based on the new 100-ball format being introduced in the first-class game.

The Shropshire Women’s Hundred, sponsored by Strategic Leisure, will feature the cream of cricketing talent in the county.

Four regional teams will play a round-robin competition over four weeks this summer, with the last week of action featuring a Finals Night where the champions will be crowned.

Cricket Shropshire clubs and community cricket manager Steve Reese says the aim is to attract the top female players from around Shropshire.

He said: “In the past few years, the top players in Shropshire have had to look outside of the county in search of the relevant standard of cricket to test themselves.

“The Strategic Leisure Shropshire Women’s Hundred hopes to provide that level of competition in the county.”

The teams, made up of invited players, will be led by ‘Ambassadors’, who will choose the teams, lead training sessions and mentor the squads during the competition.