Published: 10th July, 2018
Former Surrey captain Jonathan Batty has returned to the club as Assistant Coach of the Surrey Stars for the upcoming Kia Super League campaign.
Batty, who retired from the first-class game in 2012, will act as right-hand man to Head Coach Richard Bedbrook when the squad meet ahead of the flagship T20 tournament on the 16th July. He will also work closely with the team’s wicket keepers, Sarah Taylor and Rhianna Southby.
The 44-year-old ex-wicket keeper/batsman replaces Jeremy Greaves, whose increasing time commitments to the club’s Performance Management department have restricted his availability for this year’s expanded competition.
After making his debut for Surrey in 1997, Batty went on to play 179 first-class and 170 List A matches for the 3 Feathers before joining Gloucestershire after the 2009 campaign.
Capped for Surrey in 2001 and club skipper in 2004, Batty scored 8446 first-class runs for the club. Following his retirement, Batty spent a period coaching the England Women’s wicket keepers, including Taylor.
On his new role with the club, Batty said: “I am really excited to be returning to coaching in women’s cricket and especially in the Kia Super League. It’s been a brilliant competition in the last couple of years and includes a lot of the best players in the world.
“I am also delighted to be working at Surrey again. Every time I come to the Kia Oval it feels like a homecoming so I can’t wait to be around the place on a regular basis.”
Surrey Women’s & Stars Head Coach Richard Bedbrook added: “It’s great to have Jonathan on board. I know he’s highly recommended as a coach and he’s exactly the right sort of person to come in. People warm to him very quickly and that is very important in a compact competition like this.
“He’s also an ex-player and captain of the club and for us as a coaching group, the insight of someone with such a strong first-class playing record adds to our knowledge base.”
While the format has remained the same, the Kia Super League group stage has this year doubled in size. That means the Stars will welcome all five of their opponents to either Guildford CC (Southern Vipers, Yorkshire Diamonds, Loughborough Lightning) or the Kia Oval (Lancashire Thunder, Western Storm).
The top three sides will qualify for Finals Day at Hove on 27 August with first going straight to the final and the second and third teams facing off in the semi-final.
Captain Natalie Sciver is joined by England teammates Taylor and Laura Marsh while South African stars Lizelle Lee, Marizanne Kapp and Dane van Niekerk fill the overseas slots.