SQUAD AND PREVIEW | SUNRISERS v SOUTH EAST STARS (25 MAY)
Sunrisers Head Coach Andy Tennant has named an unchanged squad of thirteen for our home game against South East Stars, at Lord’s, in our second Charlotte Edwards Cup game of the season.
Having sat out last week’s competition opener due to illness, South African all-rounder Dané van Niekerk will be looking to make her debut at the Home of Cricket after training with her new teammates for the first time earlier this week.
Cordelia Griffith was the standout performer last Thursday, when she hit 53 from 46 balls to win 55.4% of the votes in our Player of the Match Twitter poll, and she will be looking to continue that fine form this week.
Mady Villiers and Kelly Castle both took three wickets each in a strong bowling performance, which saw us bowl Sparks out for 137 inside the final over. Kate Coppack, Abtaha Maqsood, and Grace Scrivens all chipped in with a wicket, and the innings ended with a run out by Flo Miller.
The batting is where Sunrisers will be looking to improve, and once that clicks the side will be a challenge for any side – as they showed on the opening day of the season against Southern Vipers in April. The addition of van Niekerk will only strengthen the power of the top order, and we are excited to watch her play in a Sunrisers shirt.
South East Stars come into the game off the back of two defeats in the competition, losing at home to The Blaze last Saturday, before a loss at the hands of Southern Vipers on Tuesday. Bryony Smith, Sophia Dunkley, and Paige Franklin have all scored half-centuries, and will be looking to make the most of the Lord’s batting surface.
The game starts at 2.15pm at Lord’s Cricket Ground in London, ahead of the Middlesex v Surrey T20 Blast game in the evening. 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’s Kevin Hand, on our YouTube channel and in the Match Centre on the day.
Sunrisers have named the following squad:
Kelly Castle (captain)
Dané van Niekerk
The gates open at 1.15, with the toss and team news coming from 1.45. Tickets are still available to purchase here, at £35 for Adults and £10 for U16.
A wide range of food and drink options will be available around the ground. You will be able to meet the Sunrisers players after the game, as they will be in the Pinky’s Pavilion Fun Zone around 6pm, just ahead of the men’s game starting.
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.
Soon after finishing at Lord’s, we head up north to Old Trafford where we will face Thunder on Saturday, starting at 2.30pm. That evening we will travel to Headingley to face Northern Diamonds on Sunday, with the game at 3.30pm. Both games will be streamed online, and will be available in our Match Centre.
We then return to Northampton for our final home T20, facing Western Storm on Wednesday 31 May (2.30pm start, before the Northamptonshire Steelbacks face Birmingham Bears). You can buy tickets here.