Published: 6th May, 2014
Surrey Women enjoyed an excellent start to their Royal London County Cup campaign this weekend, beating both Warwickshire and Yorkshire at Reed’s School in Cobham.
After disappointing 2013 campaign, Surrey will be buoyed by the results, both of which came as a result of excellent team performances.
Stand outs came from debutant Bryony Smith and New Zealand overseas signing Rachel Candy –with captain Cecily Scutt (pictured above) and England International Natalie Sciver, who was today awarded an ECB Central Contract, providing some excellent backup with the ball.
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Please read on for full reports on both matches, courtesy of reporter Edie Kelly.
May 4th saw the start of Surrey Women’s Royal London County Cup Division One campaign with a game against Warwickshire Women. After a disappointing 2013 season, Surrey Women were determined that this season would be different. With a long winter training programme finished, it was time for the first game.
On the sunny Sunday morning, Warwickshire won the toss and put Surrey into bat. After the fall of an early wicket, Natalie Sciver and Kirstie White batted steadily and built a good partnership until Sciver was caught for 39, and White a few balls after scoring 26.
With two new batters at the crease, there was a momentary period of uncertainty until two great batting performances from Holly Knight (43) and the New Zealand overseas player, Rachel Candy, scoring 44*. The pair pushed the team up to a total of 210 and secured full batting points for Surrey.
After the very much missed cricket tea, a series of fielding drills and high fives between the girls, they went on the field to defend their total. Surrey remained calm although no wickets were taken early until England international Natalie Sciver took an outstanding one-handed catch off her own bowling.
Warwickshire were 75-2 at the drinks break. Warwickshire batter, Georgia Hennessey seemed to be causing some trouble for Surrey but it did not stop them taking wickets at the other end.
Scutt took her first wicket in the 28th over with Knight and Sciver both taking their second wickets of the game leaving Warwickshire on 128-5 after 35 overs. Then the all-important wicket for Surrey came after some very quick hands from wicket-keeper Kirstie White, stumping Hennessy after scoring 84.
With ten overs left in the game, Warwickshire were on 147-6. The intensity grew as Warwickshire closed in on the target. Another great piece of keeping from White increased the pressure, as Warwickshire were now 161-7. Warwickshire battled through to the end needing only 19 to win from 12 balls.
Pressure built on the Warwickshire girls and a mix up between the batters saw the eighth wicket fall. Captain Cecily Scutt, stepped up to bowl the last over as Warwickshire needed sixteen runs having only two wickets in hand.
Scutt appeared nerveless as she led her team to victory, taking the last two wickets meaning Surrey had won their first game of the season by sixteen runs, taking full points from the win.
A great all round performance by the girls ensured Surrey Women had high hopes for the following day’s match against Yorkshire. After a thorough review of the match the players left Reed’s with only a short recovery time before pulling on their whites again.
Report by Edie Kelly
With a win under their belt, Surrey women looked to make it two wins out of two in their Royal London County League Division One campaign. Captain Cecily Scutt faced the toss, which was to be the only thing that she lost over the weekend as Yorkshire Women put Surrey into bat.
Surrey lost a wicket very early on again, but with the team spirits still high from the previous day’s victory, Kirstie White and Natalie Sciver took the team up to 51 until Sciver lost her wicket in the fifteenth over.
As former Surrey Academy player Anna Stevenson joined White at the crease the pair looked comfortable and added another 30 runs until White was out LBW for 43. Following the fall of another wicket, captain Scutt joined Stevenson at the crease.
The pair batted well together and once again added 47 runs to the total to make it 128-5. This provided a great base for Surrey, Bryony Smith – aged 16 and playing in only her second Surrey game after making her debut the previous day – to join Stevenson at the crease.
The youngster pulled Surrey through to the end scoring a destructive 60* off 42 balls, hitting boundaries to all corners, including two sixes. Surrey ended on a competitive total of 222-9, once again taking full batting points.
Taking the ball in hand, Surrey were keen to finish the job and bring home their second victory of the weekend.
The initial breakthrough came with a great catch from Rachel Candy, in the fifteenth over off Scutt’s bowling, and the score was then 58-1.
Holly Knight joined in on the action, taking a catch from Sciver’s bowling to take the second wicket in the 22nd over and getting another for herself in the 23rd over. This time England batter Lauren Winfield was the player who was causing trouble for Surrey.
At the drinks break, Yorkshire were 100-3 before picking up the pace after the drinks break, putting the pressure back on Surrey as they reached 153-4 at the 35th over.
The crucial breakthrough came via some excellent fielding from young Smith, whose direct hit brought a run out. Yorkshire were, at this point, ahead of the run rate needing only 43 runs from 48 balls with four wickets in hand.
The very experienced bowling attack of Sarah Clarke, Cecily Scutt, Natalie Sciver, Holly Knight and Rachel Candy limited Yorkshire who went into the last three overs needing eighteen to win.
Surrey intensified the pressure on Yorkshire as Clarke grabbed a run out leaving Yorkshire with only three wickets.
With Yorkshire needing only eleven to win, the last over went to England all-rounder Sciver, and she took the opportunity to show her excellence.
A dot ball followed by a wicket gave Surrey the perfect start to the over. Sciver bowled another dot ball meaning Yorkshire needed an impossible nine off the last ball. With just one scored, Surrey secured their second win of the weekend, meaning the side took a near perfect 35 points from the 36 available.
Report by Edie Kelly