Alice Capsey and Issy Wong among the six stars of England women’s cricket have handed over their first central contracts


lice Capsey and Issy Wong are among six players to win England Women’s Central contracts for the first time.

After a year of transition for the team which saw a host of young talent make international breakthroughs, Lauren Bell, Charlie Dean, Freya Kemp and Emma Lamb also signed their first contracts.

Eighteen players have been awarded contracts, one more than the last round of deals announced in June 2021.

Anya Shrubsole and Fran Wilson drop out of the list after retiring from international cricket, while Mady Villiers, Lauren Winfield-Hill and Georgia Elwiss are absent.

Fast bowler Tash Farrant retains his contract despite missing the majority of the summer at home with a back injury, while versatile Nat Sciver – who hasn’t played since taking over a hiatus from the sport for mental health reasons during the Hundred – is also included, as is Katherine Brunt, who retired from Test cricket in the summer but remains a key part of the white ball setup.

The 18 contracts are separate from the 80 full-time ECB-funded domestic deals announced earlier this week, meaning that at the start of next season there will be a minimum of 98 female professional cricketers in England.

England women’s cricket manager Jonathan Finch said: “It’s great to be able to share the list of England women’s cricketers under central contract for the next 12 months, and huge congratulations to all those who got their contract. The introduction of six new names to the roster of contracted players is exciting and gives the group a new look.

“We have a really exciting 12 months of cricket ahead and we believe this group of players will form the foundations of our team which will take us through various bilateral series, the Women’s Ashes and the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup.

“Our thanks as always go to the England Women’s Players Partnership and the PCA who continue to play an important role in representing the international players in our ongoing discussions.”

Full list of England Women’s Central Contracts:

Tammy Beaumont (Lightning), Lauren Bell (Southern Vipers), Katherine Brunt (Northern Diamonds), Alice Capsey (South East Stars), Kate Cross (Thunder), Freya Davies (South East Stars), Charlie Dean (Southern Vipers), Sophia Dunkley (South East Stars), Sophie Ecclestone (Thunder), Tash Farrant (South East Stars), Sarah Glenn (Central Sparks), Amy Jones (Central Sparks), Freya Kemp (Southern Vipers), Heather Knight (Western Storm), Emma Lamb (Thunder), Nat Sciver (Northern Diamonds), Issy Wong (Central Sparks), Danni Wyatt (Southern Vipers).

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