SQUAD AND PREVIEW | SUNRISERS v SOUTH EAST STARS (5 MAY)
Andy Tennant has selected a thirteen-strong squad for Friday’s home game against neighbours South East Stars, as Sunrisers look to get back to winning ways at Radlett in the Rachael Heyhoe Flint Trophy.
Unfortunately, due to the nature of being a professional cricketer whilst still at school, this season’s top scorer Jodi Grewcock misses out as she has an A Level exam. We wish her the best of luck!
This will see Lissy Macleod, who featured in the opening day victory against Vipers, battle it out with Flo Miller and Scarlett Hughes for that number three slot in the batting order, which Grewcock has made her own with two half-centuries in three games this season.
Mady Villiers was back to her best with the ball last Monday, taking three Diamonds wickets, to move her total to six so far this season. Kelly Castle and Kate Coppack were also in the wickets over the weekend and will be keen to add to their tally, as will Abtaha Maqsood after her opening day five-fer.
Having won the toss and batted for all three games, Monday’s opening ten overs proved to be the toughest so far, with both Cordelia Griffith and Grace Scrivens being on the receiving end of some outstanding deliveries. Should Castle choose to bat again, it will be important for the openers to be able to get through the opening spell to build a solid base for the innings.
South East Stars come into the game having won two and lost one of their opening three games. They too endured a tricky start with the bat in their last game, being reduced to 17/3 against Western Storm in Bristol. However, a quick fire fifty from skipper Bryony Smith, a sensational second hundred in two games from Paige Scholfield, and an entertaining 45 from Tash Farrant saw their score rocket to 296/7 from fifty overs. They then continued that momentum to bowl Storm out for just 89, with Alice Capsey taking 6 for 28, in a massive 207 run victory.
The game starts at 10.30am at Radlett Cricket Club, in Hertfordshire. 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 can only be bought on the day, at £10 for Adults and £5 for U18.
This game is included in the Junior Sunnies Membership, whilst Essex, Middlesex, and Northamptonshire members can attend for free.
Food and drink will be available for spectators 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.
After the Coronation Bank Holiday Weekend, we make the trip up to Sale to face Thunder next Wednesday in the final Rachael Heyhoe Flint Trophy fixture of this opening block.
The Charlotte Edwards Cup campaign then begins with a home game under the lights at Chelmsford, when Central Sparks make the trip over on Thursday 18 May. The game will start at 6.30. We then host Stars at Lord’s in a double header, starting at 2.15 before the Middlesex v Surrey men’s Vitality Blast game, before a weekend up north to end the month.