England's women cricket has received a boost with 18 players handed central contracts with the ECB.
The likes of captain Charlotte Edwards have been rewarded for their commitment to the cause as the women's game continues to gather momentum and exposure.
Clare Connor, Head of England Women's Cricket, said: "We've obviously got a nice mix of players with some who've played many years for England without any form of professional contract - such as Sarah Taylor, Katherine Brunt, Charlotte Edwards who's in her 16th or 17th year.
"Then there is lots of young talent. Natasha Farrant is still finishing Sixth Form at school, Natalie Sciver has had a phenomenal year in both The Ashes and the World Twenty20 and Rebecca Grundy - another young spinner to look out for from Warwickshire.
"The contracts are due reward and recognition for the success that they've had. They're a reflection on where women's cricket is in terms of content of the international schedule. They'll benefit from renumeration and are able to fully focus on their cricket."
Contracted players: C Edwards (Kent), T Beaumount (Kent), N Farrant (Kent), L Greenway (Kent), L Marsh (Kent), K Brunt (Yorks), D Hazell (Yorks), L Winfield (Yorks), S Taylor (Sussex), G Elwiss (Sussex), R Grundy (Warks), A Jones (Warks), J Gunn (Notts), D Wyatt (Notts), H Knight (Berks), N Sciver (Surrey), A Shrubsole (Somerset), K Cross (Lancs).