Dunkley hopes Hundred will fuel interest as England Women start series


ngland Women begin their T20 series against New Zealand on Wednesday tonight – live on BBC2 – hoping to feel a bounce in interest after the success of the Hundred.

Heather Knight’s side face New Zealand in three T20s and five ODIs, starting at Chelmsford, hoping to build on a strong showing against India earlier in the summer.

Since, they have all been involved in a fine first season of the Hundred, which batter Sophia Dunkley hopes shone a light on the quality of the women’s game.

“Hopefully it’s given people a good insight into women’s cricket and how good it is and the success of the Hundred hopefully will rub off on the international series,” Dunkley said.

“It was an exciting competition and hopefully that’s drawn a lot more people in and we do see more crowds an the international series, which I think will be an exciting one.”

The opening match of the Hundred as the Oval Invincibles beat the Manchester Originals, attracted a peak audience of 1.95m, a record for a women’s cricket match on UK TV.

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