England Women sell-out tickets at Utilita Bowl

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England Women’s Twenty20 cricket match against New Zealand tomorrow (July 6) will be played in front of a capacity crowd at Utilita Bowl in Southampton after tickets sold out.

The stadium boasts 15,000 seats which can be increased to 25,000 with temporary stands, and is scheduled to host the first of five T20 matches between the two teams.

England goes into the fixture in good stead having taken a clean sweep in the three-match One Day International series last week.

The sell-out indicates that the popularity of women’s cricket at the venue has continued after last year’s Ashes ODI was played in front of a record crowd for a women’s fixture.

Heather Knight will captain the 16-player squad for the IT20 series, which includes six Southern Vipers players who are based at Utilita Bowl in the form of Lauren Bell, Maia Bouchier, Charlie Dean, Freya Kemp, Linsey Smith and Danni Wyatt.

Last year, the England and Wales Cricket Board awarded Utilita Bowl a string of future women’s internationals – including a first-ever women’s Ashes Test in 2031.

Utilita Bowl has made all tickets for the fixture digital, which will also be available on the Hampshire Cricket app.

The other four matches in the upcoming series are set to take place at Hove’s 1st Central County Ground on July 9, Spitfire Ground in St. Lawrence on July 11, London’s Kia Oval on July 13, and Lord’s on July 17 also in the capital.

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