SOMERSET County Cricket Club have confirmed the Women’s squad for the upcoming 2024 season.

A 14-woman strong side has been named for the season with Emily Edgcombe announced as captain with Joleigh Roberts named as vice-captain.

Following the announcement, Pathway Coach & Women & Girls Lead, Kieran Peters said: “We’re really excited by the squad that we’ve assembled for the summer and we’re really confident in the 14 players that we’ve got in the group.

“There’s a nice mix of players who have a good deal of experience of playing women’s county cricket alongside some new faces. There’s a good blend of youth and experience and we’re pleased with how things are shaping up.

"That blend is something that’s really important to us. It’s vital to have a good mix of experienced players alongside those who have really impressed across the Pathway and have earned the right to be challenged at the next level."

The 2024 squad is:

  • Emily Edgcombe (C)
  • Joleigh Roberts (VC)
  • Jess Hazell
  • Daisy Jeanes
  • Nicole Harvey
  • Lorraine Szczepanski
  • Lola Harris
  • Alice Bird
  • Emma Phillipson
  • Evie Dixon
  • Lilly Hawkins
  • Karla Rose
  • Laila Moledina
  • Tilly Bond

The 2024 season will see more 50-over cricket and the introduction of national final in the T20 competition, which Roberts is delighted to see.

“It’s really good that the ECB have recognised the importance of 50-over cricket within the women’s game,” he said.

“To have additional 50-over games is so important because our players need to be experiencing different formats and it’s good that the ECB have taken the step of organising the competition and adding it to the schedule.

"It’s also great to see that the T20 competition will end with a national final. It was great to be able to win our group last year, but the prospect of a national final is something that is really exciting.”

Somerset Women will once again play at the Cooper Associates County Ground this summer when they take on Gloucestershire in a 50-over match on Sunday July 14th. 

In quantifying success for the campaign, Roberts said the aim is to reach a national final.

“We definitely want to make that national final in the T20s. The group is bigger which means it will be tougher, but we want to be competing for silverware," he said.

"In the 50-over competition, we want to be competitive and demonstrate the way in which we want to be playing our cricket.”