England World Cup winner Fran Wilson reckons Nottinghamshire Women can acquit themselves well in the upcoming T20 season, which starts tomorrow.

The Middlesex batsman recently played against the Green and Golds in the 50-over County Championship competition and ended on the losing side – a match that saw her side relegated and Notts stay up.

She was impressed with what she saw from her opponents on that occasion and feels if they can carry confidence from that performance into the shorter format, they will thrive.

Notts are newcomers to Division One for the 2018 T20 campaign having finished as Division Two champions last season, with Worcestershire also promoted as runners-up.

“They have got a really good all-round team and some exciting players,” said Wilson who was part of the England squad to beat India in the World Cup Final at Lord’s last year.

“It’s to their benefit that they aren’t interrupted by international calls as much as some of the other counties, but they have a very solid group.

“They effectively sent us down to Division Two in the one-day competition with a good display and, if they can produce more matches like that, they should have a good T20 season too.”

“They have got a really good all-round team and some exciting players.”

Wilson has high hopes for spinner Kirstie Gordon, who finished as the leading wicket-taker in the country in the 50-over competition.

She added: “She’s a really good bowler who I know from Loughborough. Kirstie has come on a lot on the last few years.

“I could see her going on to get international recognition in the future if she continues to improve.”

Division One in T20 consists of Kent, Lancashire, Middlesex, Surrey, Sussex, Warwickshire, Worcestershire, Yorkshire and Notts, with four double header game dates – 10 June, 17 June, 24 June and 1 July.

Kent and Lancashire visit Welbeck this weekend before a trip to Harrogate seven days later takes in matches with Yorkshire and Warwickshire.

Surrey and Middlesex are the opponents at Banstead CC before the season finishes against Sussex and Worcestershire at Welbeck.


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