History was made on 13 June 2021 in a quiet corner of Birmingham, central England, as the world's first match was played between two LGBTQ+ cricket teams. Hosts Birmingham Unicorns were founded in March and contested just their second fixture against London-based Graces Cricket Club -- England's only other inclusive side.

What

  1. Governing body the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) and county team Warwickshire have supported them, as coronavirus restrictions are relaxed, allowing the match to go ahead.
  2. The ECB has supported the LGBTQ community in recent years through the Rainbow Laces and Rainbow Stumps campaigns.
  3. Graces became England's first LGBTQ+ team in 1996 but it has taken 25 years for a second to come to the wicket -- and arrange Sunday's fixture at Weoley Hill Cricket Club.