Women's domestic cricket is coming live to UK screens for the first time, courtesy of Sky Sports.
The broadcaster has signed a deal with the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) to show matches from the Kia Super League starting in August of this year. The deal includes eight live matches, six group stage matches (each part of a double-header with a men's NatWest T20 Blast Match) and both games from finals day live in September.
The first match? Defending champions Southern Vipers against Western Storm at the Ageas Bowl on Thursday 10th August.
Games will air on Sky Sports and on Sky Sports Mix, which is free to all Sky customers, even those not subscribed to Sky Sports.
Sky Sports has snapped up a lot of women's sport lately. As well as the ICC Women's Cricket World Cup the summer, it will show international and Superleague Netball, England Rugby Red Roses in the Six Nations, and women's golf from all five majors in the LPGA tour.
"Sky Sports is giving women's cricket a platform like never before," said Bryan Henderson, Sky Sports head of cricket. "With record attendance figures last year, we can't wait to show this domestic competition sport live in homes for the first time this summer. This is another example of Sky's support of the women's game, we hope our coverage this summer will help inspire the next generation of cricketers."