MATCH REPORT | SOUTH EAST STARS v SUNRISERS
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The South East Stars have beaten Sunrisers by 80 runs in their Rachel Heyhoe Flint Trophy match at Beckenham.
The Stars posted 281 for 8 before dismissing Sunrisers for 201, Bryony Smith claiming 3 for 37.
Smith was also the Stars top scorer with 66, while Alice Capsey hit 64 not out and Kira Chathli 61.
The Stars had looked like hitting in excess of 300 until Sunrisers’ Grace Scrivens took four for 42, but the hosts rallied after a middle order and although Scrivens then made 74 with the bat, the visitors’ next highest scorer was Amara Carr with 35 and they were all out with eight overs remaining.
Having won the toss, the Stars chose to bat and lost Phoebe Franklin early when she swiped Naomi Dattani to Jo Gardner and was out for three in the fifth over, but Smith and Chathli put on 111 for the second wicket, before Mady Villiers had the former caught at square leg by Cordelia Griffith.
Griffith then caught Chathli off Scrivens, who subsequently took a sharp return catch to remove Aylish Cranstone for 27. Kirstie White was bowled by Abtaha Maqsood for a second-ball duck and Scrivens then had Grace Gibbs lbw for two, before bowling Freya Davies for just one.
Having lost four wickets for 17 runs, the Stars counter-attacked, with Alexa Stonehouse putting on 55 for the next wicket with Capsey before Griffith removed her with a steepling catch off Kelly Castle to dismiss her for 24.
Eva Gray then made a quickfire 18 from 11 balls and with 13 coming off the final over the Stars had what looked like a daunting total.
Stonehouse removed Griffith early in the chase, caught by Capsey for 10, but the Sunrisers recovered to 59 for one at the end of the powerplay, only to lose Dattani for 19 in freakish circumstances in the 11th over. She’d comfortably made her ground when the ball ricocheted off the stumps at the Beckenham End, only to get run out by Gray at the other end, chasing a second.
Scrivens drove Smith back over her head for the four that took her past 50, but then lost another partner when Villiers charged at Smith and was stumped by Chathli for 10.
The Kent all-rounder’s high-class innings came to an end in the 28th over when she hit Smith to White and Gardner was then lbw for nought to Grace Gibbs.
The run rate remained manageable at just over seven, but Smith then trapped Carr lbw and Castle, who had been dropped on eight, was given caught behind off Capsey for 14.
Capsey bowled Katherine Speed for seven and Gray then wrapped up the win with two wickets in the 42nd over. She ripped out Maqsood’s middle stump, bowling her for two, before getting Kate Coppack lbw for a duck with the final ball of the over.