Western Storm, who played at Gloucestershire CCC this year has awarded Sophie Luff, Fi Morris, Dani Gibson, Georgia Hennessy, Nat Wraith and Alex Griffiths with full-time domestic contracts.
The announcement comes after the eight regions awarded a further 16 contracts to add to the 25 already given in June. This means that 41 females across England and Wales have now signed onto full-time contracts.
The decision has been pushed by the Regional Directors of the teams playing in the Rachael Heyhoe-Flint Trophy; Northern Diamonds, Thunder, Central Sparks, Lightning, Southern Vipers, South East Stars, Sunrisers and Western Storm.
Alex Griffiths, an 18-year-old all-rounder for Western Storm spoke exclusively to Park Life Sport and said she is “absolutely over the moon with it. You can’t really put the excitement into words to be honest.”
You will be able to watch Griffiths and several other Western Storm players next year in the ECB’s new franchise; The Hundred, where a number of the women will play in Welsh Fire, a team made up from Cricket Wales, Gloucestershire and Somerset.