HAMPSHIRE Hawks and Southern Vipers will kick off their T20 seasons with a double header at the Ageas Bowl on Thursday, May 30.

Reigning Charlotte Edwards Cup champions Southern Vipers will play Western Storm, while the Hawks will then play Surrey later on that same day.

Hampshire Hawks will be looking to go all the way this year after reaching their 10th finals day in 2022.

The Vipers became the first-ever women’s double champions last year as they won the Charlotte Edwards Cup as well as the Rachael Heyhoe Flint trophy.

ECB managing director of county cricket, Neil Snowball said: "It is hugely exciting to be able to confirm that Vitality Blast Off will be expanded to include eight venues next summer as we aim to attract more people to watch men’s and women’s domestic cricket.

"We have scheduled some of the highest-profile men’s and women’s games during the four-day window, which will also launch the new Vitality Blast season in style.

"We saw how successful Vitality Blast Off was this summer when Edgbaston did a remarkable job, as they always do, to put on a show for fans on and off the field and we’re determined to build on that."