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Updated: Feb 27, 2023

A squad of fourteen will travel to Beckenham for Sunrisers’ first fixture in this summer’s Rachael Heyhoe Flint Trophy, as they take on South East Stars on Saturday.

Sunrisers return to action after the best part of a month off, which has allowed a number of significant players to return to full fitness and be part of the travelling squad.

Cordelia Griffith and Jo Gardner were the notable absentees from the final match of the Charlotte Edwards Cup, also away to Stars, who come back into the squad after their groin and ankle injuries respectively. Both were in good form before injury curtailed their 20 over campaign, and will be looking to build on where they left off.

Grace Scrivens and Mady Villiers have returned from their England A camp, where they both featured against the touring South Africa side at Arundel.

Naomi Dattani will feature after an impressive CEC campaign, where she top scored with 157 runs, including back to back half-centuries, as well as being one wicket off the top of the bowling charts. Mia Rogers has also been in fine form, having hit 53* in last weekend’s internal warm-up and 143 for Durham University in the BUCS Gold final.

Kelly Castle announced in April as the captain of the 50 over side, and the Sunrisers skipper has been making the June headlines alongside young prospect Scarlett Hughes. Hughes hit 306*, supported by Castle’s 176, as the two players starred for their club Billericay Blaze.

Amara Carr overcame the hand injury that kept her out of the opening matches of the season and slotted back in seamlessly, and will more than likely keep her place behind the stumps. Scotland international Abtaha Maqsood will be with the group until the end of the month, meaning she will be available for four fixtures.

Whilst Flo Miller has featured in every match so far, and Kate Coppack, Katherine Speed, and Jodi Grewcock were all on the fringes of breaking into the team earlier in the summer, they have been training well to be match-ready when called upon.

Gaya Gole misses the tie through injury picked up towards the back end of the CEC, but has been working to get back into contention as early as possible. Lissy Macleod and Sonali Patel are still recovering from the injuries that kept them out of the entire short format.

The game starts at 10.30am at The County Ground, as Sunrisers look to open their 50 over campaign with a victory that performances in 2022 have definitely deserved.

We wish a safe journey to those who are travelling over to Beckenham to watch the game, or you can tune into the Live Stream in our Match Centre on the day.

Sunrisers have named the following squad:

Kelly Castle (captain)

Naomi Dattani (vice-captain)

Amara Carr

Kate Coppack

Jo Gardner

Jodi Grewcock

Cordelia Griffith

Scarlett Hughes

Abtaha Maqsood

Flo Miller

Mia Rogers

Grace Scrivens

Katherine Speed

Mady Villiers

Match information

This is a free event for spectators with unallocated seating. All spectators can attend and watch without the need for a ticket.

Parking is available through the main gates.

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