Published: 22nd January, 2019
With the 2019 season fast approaching and the fixtures set in everyone’s calendars, it’s time to take a look at sections of the season that immediately stand out to Surrey fans.
Nat Sciver’s Surrey Stars team edged their way into Finals Day of the Kia Super League in 2018 before blowing away the competition at Hove with emphatic victories over both Western Storm and Loughborough Lightning.
With 2019 set to be the last year of the KSL, Sciver and her teammates will be looking to ensure the trophy has a permanent place at the Kia Oval.
Since that crushing victory on the south coast in late August, led by a marvellous century from Lizelle Lee, five of the Stars squad have competed in the World T20 while Head Coach Richard Bedbrook has been to the WBBL to assist with coaching the Hobart Hurricanes.
The squads are still to be confirmed for this year’s competition but Bedbrook and Sciver can at least plan to ensure they’re ready for the 6th August; when the Stars will begin their campaign with a trip to Headingley to face Yorkshire Diamonds.
Once it begins it quickly gets intense. All 10 group stage matches are completed within 23 days of facing Yorkshire Diamonds.
Three home matches follow that opener; landing between the 8th and 15th, including a Kia Oval encounter with Southern Vipers.
The Kia Super League also provides even more chances to see elite cricket in Guildford in 2019. The men’s red ball team will play two Specsavers County Championship matches at Woodbridge Road but the Stars will play there four times during their group stage.
🗓 We start our KSL Title defence away to Yorkshire Diamonds.
— Surrey Cricket (@surreycricket) November 27, 2018
They face Lancashire Thunder on 8th August before Loughborough Lightning head to Guildford on the 15th. Yorkshire Diamonds and Western Storm are the last two visitors to Guildford on the 20th and Sunday 25th respectively.
2018’s matches at Guildford saw a number of memorable moments; not least a breakthrough innings for Sophia Dunkley when she became the first non-international to score a half-century in the competition’s history.
The group stage as a whole is complete before the end of August with a trip to Manchester to face Thunder in the final and potentially decisive assignment ahead of the Finals Day scheduled for the 1st September, again at Hove.
With the opportunity to meet your heroes after the matches, the Kia Super League is perfect to get up close and personal to the players at the top of their game. Entry to each home match is free for all Members and 2019 Memberships are available now!
We’ll be back next week to look in detail at another period of the season which will get you dreaming of the cricket season. 2019 Memberships are available now!