SQUAD AND PREVIEW | THUNDER (9 SEPTEMBER)
Updated: Feb 27
Sunrisers Head Coach Laura Marsh has selected a squad of fourteen for our home Rachael Heyhoe Flint Trophy game against Thunder on Friday.
We return to Senior action at Northampton’s County Ground after six weeks away, where seven Sunrisers players featured in the Hundred and the rest of the squad featured for their county sides.
The final three games of the season sees Sunrisers play teams around them in the bottom half of the table, where they will be confident of picking up the positive results which have been on the horizon, having taken three of the top four teams right down to the wire in July.
Sunrisers will be hampered by the loss of key players to injury, with Amara Carr suffering another injury to the hand that kept her out of action at the start of the season, and Cordelia Griffith’s hamstring problem returning. Scarlett Hughes also misses out on selection, after a finger injury has caused some discomfort.
This will provide an excellent opportunity for others to step up and fill those spots. One of Mia Rogers or Jess Olorenshaw will field behind the stumps, with both comfortable wicket-keepers having come through the Academy.
On the other hand, Lissy Macleod and Sonali Patel return from injury to finally be involved in the match day squad. Patel has been away with Fairbreak gaining match fitness, having featured in a Second XI friendly at the end of July, whilst Macleod returns to bolster the batting.
Griffith’s injury comes at an unfortunate time, as the opening partnership between her and Grace Scrivens has seen them both in the competition’s top five run scorers. Lissy Macleod has batted high in the order in previous seasons and could return as a straight swap, or Academy batter Jodi Grewcock might have the opportunity to make her debut at her home ground.
Scrivens and Mady Villiers have been the biggest threat with the ball, with Scrivens joint-top of the RHFT’s leading wicket takers alongside Thunder’s Alex Hartley, whilst Villiers is two behind in third. They will be looking to add to their numbers, alongside seamer Kate Coppack who took a brilliant four-wicket haul in our last match.
Thunder come into the game off the back of their first win in the competition, where they beat Sparks by 28 runs through DLS at the end of July, having struggled in their previous fixtures this summer. They will be without England stars Sophie Ecclestone and Kate Cross who are on national duty.
The game starts at 10.30am at the County Ground. The fixture is included in the Junior Sunnies Membership. Tickets are on sale through the Northamptonshire website, costing £10 for adults and £5 for Under 18s. If you are unable to make the journey to Northampton, 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)
Scheduled Timings of the Day
· Gates open: 9.30am
· Toss: 10.00am
· First innings start: 10.30am
· The innings break is likely to be around 1.30pm
· Scheduled second innings start: 2.00pm
· Scheduled end of play: 5.00pm
Adult tickets cost £10, with Under 18 tickets at £5. You can buy online here, or on-the-day at the ground.
Under 8 Junior Sunnies Memberships are free. Find out more information here.
Northamptonshire Members can enter for free by showing their Members Card upon arrival.
Away fans are, of course, welcome.
Sunrisers Merchandise will be available to purchase from the Sunrisers gazebo.
Merchandise is currently only available to buy at home games. We're working on an online retail site.
Sunrisers will play in their 50 over kit, which is black with thin red stripes.
Can’t get to the game?
Watch the action on our YouTube channel, or follow the game on the Match Centre on our website.