It was a disappointing day down at Chipstead CC for Surrey Women in the ECB Vitality Women’s County Twenty20.
Fielding a young side, with established players Alice Capsey, Aylish Cranstone, Bryony Smith and Dani Gregory among those rested due to workload restrictions and injuries, Surrey Women’s captain Kirstie White lost the toss in the morning and her charges could muster just 79/9, with only Amy Gordon and wicket-keeper Rhianna Southby registering double figures.
Surrey Women did well with the ball and in the field but the target was too small, and despite a flurry of three wickets for one run – including two run outs – Hampshire ran out winners by six wickets.
In the afternoon game, with Claudie Cooper taking the captain’s armband, Hampshire batted first and posted a testing total of 130/5. Both Surrey debutants, Robyn Bentley and Charlotte Stubbs, took wickets, with the latter particularly impressive. The standout performer was Amy Gordon, who returned an impressive 1/16 from her four overs.
With the bat, it looked like a partnership between Gordon and Southby, who both made half centuries, would carry Surrey to victory but both set batters lost their wickets in the last couple of overs and Surrey ended up on 128/3, an agonising two runs short.
Claudie Cooper says: “It was disappointing in the morning, but when we took those three wickets we felt we had a fighting chance. And the second game was brilliant – we have an inexperienced team, who really came together today and worked hard for each other. It’s really obvious that we have some great young players and it looks really exciting for the next few years. It was a thoroughly enjoyable day.”
Surrey Women are next in action at the Vitality Women’s County T20 Finals Day next Sunday, 8 May, at Totton and Eling CC in Southampton, where they will take on Kent, Middlesex and Hampshire.