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SQUAD AND PREVIEW | SUNRISERS v STARS (4 MAY)

An unchanged squad of thirteen has been selected to face South East Stars in tomorrow’s top of the table Rachael Heyhoe Flint Trophy clash at Northamptonshire’s County Ground.



Andy Tennant’s side head into the game off the back of another brilliant performance on Wednesday against Sparks, as Grace Scrivens took the headlines with an unbeaten 118*.

 

Kate Coppack took two early wickets to leave the hosts 1/2, and, supported by Nic Hancock, kept the Sparks to 14/2 from the first ten overs. Both openers returned to claim three-wicket hauls – Hancock’s third in four games for Sunrisers.

 

All ten Sparks wickets were caught, with Mady Villiers and Jo Gardner taking the pick of the bunch, and Sunrisers were left to chase down a target of 214.

 

Scrivens and Griffith started nicely, and an aggressive partnership of 110 set the platform for the run chase. Scrivens was then well-supported by Villiers and Amara Carr, and guided her side towards a bonus point victory with 10.2 overs to spare.

 

The victory leaves Sunrisers top of the Rachael Heyhoe Flint Trophy table, with three bonus point wins from four. Stars suffered their first defeat of the season on Wednesday, losing to Western Storm by 8 runs on DLS.

 

The South East side reached 298/5 from their allocated 44 overs, with three batters reaching sixty-plus scores.

 

When they dismissed both openers with just 10 runs on the board, it looked like they would progress towards another victory, but a combination of an explosive Storm middle order and some early rain took them eight runs over the DLS target when play was called off.

 

It promises to be an enthralling contest over the Bank Holiday weekend, as we return to Northampton for the first time this summer.

 

The last time these two sides met was last July at Beckenham, where Stars won by 18 runs on the DLS method. Griffith (92) and Scrivens (59) shared an opening stand of 143, but ultimately it was an unbeaten century from Stars’ overseas Tazmin Brits that was the difference between the two sides in a high-scoring thriller.

 

The game starts at 10.30am at The County Ground, Northampton. Tickets can be purchased on the gate at £10 for adults and £5 for U18, whilst entry is free for Essex, Middlesex, and Northamptonshire members.

 

If you can’t make it to the game, make sure you tune in to watch our free live stream during the day on our YouTube channel, alongside updates on our social media channels. We wish a safe travel to those of you joining us on the day.

 

Sunrisers have named the following squad:

Grace Scrivens (captain)

Amara Carr

Kate Coppack

Ariana Dowse

Jo Gardner

Jodi Grewcock

Cordelia Griffith

Nicola Hancock

Esmae MacGregor

Flo Miller

Charley Phillips

Amu Surenkumar

Mady Villiers

 

Up next

The final game of the opening RHFT block will then take place at Radlett Cricket Club on Wednesday 8 May, where we welcome the Southern Vipers. Tickets can be purchased here, with free entry for Essex, Middlesex, and Northamptonshire members.

 

The Charlotte Edwards Cup campaign begins on Sunday 19 May, when we travel back to the West Midlands to face Central Sparks. Our first home game of the T20 campaign is under the lights at Chelmsford on Friday 24 May – tickets can be purchased here (free entry for members).

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