Sunrisers Head Coach Andy Tennant has named an unchanged squad of fourteen for the Bank Holiday Monday clash with Northern Diamonds, at Chelmsford, in the Rachael Heyhoe Flint Trophy.
After a three wicket defeat against The Blaze on Saturday, we are looking to bounce back and return to winning ways against the competition’s defending champions, who themselves were beaten yesterday.
Kate Coppack stood out with the ball, taking 3 for 24 whilst dominating The Blaze’s top order, bowling in some good areas alongside opening partner Eva Gray.
But it was with the bat that Sunrisers will be looking to improve, with Cordelia Griffith top-scoring with 43 on her return to the side. But confidence is still high after an opening day score of 288/7, so this will be marked as a blip and, with hardly any time between the games, this is the perfect opportunity to put it right again.
Northern Diamonds come into the match with a similar feeling to Sunrisers, having won their opening game before being beaten yesterday. After winning the competition last year, finally beating Vipers in the final at the third attempt, the northern side have a lot of experience in their ranks. But they will be disappointed with their batting performance against Central Sparks, having only managed to hit 161, before only claiming three wickets in their defence.
They did, however, score 290/8 in a rain-affected 36 overs a side game against Western Storm on the opening day of the season, with the 2022 RHFT Player of the Year winner Lauren Winfield-Hill hitting 75 from 79 balls. Bess Heath (71 off 38 balls) and South African Chloe Tryon (63 from 36 balls) then showed incredible power hitting to propel their score towards the back end of the innings.
The game starts at 10.30am at the Cloud County Ground, Chelmsford. We wish a safe journey to those who are making the journey over to join us, or you can tune into the Live Stream, with commentary from BBC London’s Kevin Hand, on our YouTube channel and in the Match Centre on the day.
Sunrisers have named the following squad:
Kelly Castle (captain)
The gates open at 9.30, with the toss and team news coming from 10. Tickets are still available to purchase here, at £10 for Adults and £5 for U18. There is no increase on the day.
This game is included in the Junior Sunnies Membership, whilst Essex, Middlesex, and Northamptonshire members can attend for free.
Essex have confirmed that both gates will be open for entry to the ground, and food and drink will be available to purchase in the pavilion.
If you cannot make it to the ground, you can watch every ball on our Live Stream – this link will be in our Match Centre or watch it direct on YouTube, and follow the game through updates on our Twitter page.
Our next home game sees us head over to Radlett Cricket Club on Friday 5 May, where we take on South East Stars. You can buy tickets for the game by calling the Middlesex office on 0207 289 1300. Entry is free for Junior Sunnies, Essex, Middlesex, and Northamptonshire members.
We then have a trip up to Thunder the following Wednesday, before starting the Charlotte Edwards Cup campaign in the middle of the month.