WORCESTERSHIRE Women’s Rapids prepare to launch their Royal London County One-Day Championship Division Two campaign this weekend.

Georgie Adcock skippers the side and wicketkeeper Chloe Hill is the vice-captain with the pair displaying “strong leadership” during the winter training programme and trio of warm-up matches.

They form part of a 16-strong squad for the forthcoming campaign when Rapids will also participate in the ECB County Championship T20 competition.

A 13-strong party has been chosen for the opening two one-day matches against Middlesex at Mill Hill School on Sunday and Berkshire at Maidenhead on Monday.

Steve Magoffin, who is lead coach and manager of the Women’s Rapids pathway programme, said: “We have had an extremely successful and competitive winter training programme followed up by hard-fought warm-up games versus Warwickshire, Staffordshire and Nottinghamshire.

“Our summer squad is now finalised along with the appointment of Georgie as captain and Chloe as vice-captain.

“Both Georgie and Chloe have displayed strong leadership during the winter and warm-up games and both Gareth Davies (Rapids head coach) and I are looking forward to seeing them grow into their leadership roles and taking the team forward in the summer.

“Our first two fixtures will be tough against strong opposition but we feel we are well prepared and look forward to taking on what are regarded as two of the stronger teams in this division."

Rapids are back in Division Two after gaining promotion last summer at the first attempt.

A play-off victory over Cornwall at Blackfinch New Road sealed the spot in the second tier for 2019.

Rapids will play seven group matches — four at home and three away.

Their first home fixture will be against Devon a week on Sunday.

Rapids: Adcock, C Hill, Chaudhuri, Boycott, Mathews, Glenn, Howells, Arlott, Humby, Baker, Clarke, Wale, Samuels. Also in summer squad: Bertwistle, B Hill, Cotham.