Published: 8th March, 2018
England wicket keeper batsman Sarah Taylor will join the Surrey Stars for the 2018 season – but the club have lost the services of her international team mates Tammy Beaumont and Alex Hartley.
Taylor, 28, is one of the finest female players in the world. She won the World Cup with England in 2017, averaging 49.50 and hitting a brilliant 147 against South Africa. Previously in the Kia Super League she has represented the Lancashire Thunder.
Beaumont and Hartley represented the Surrey Stars in both 2016 and 2017 and were ever presents in both seasons, playing eleven games each for the club.
The player movement has been imposed by the ECB as part of a re-allocation of teams for players in the England and England Academy squads.
Speaking about the team news, KSL General Manager Jo Kirk said: “The latest player movements are to ensure the best balance between the six sides and to maintain a fair and competitive competition with the over-arching principle of trying to ensure a best versus best competition.”
“We want the KSL to continue to go from strength to strength in its third year. Attendances rose by 44% last year and we’re looking forward to even more fans attending games this summer, hopefully culminating in a sold-out Finals Day down in Hove.”
Hartley took 17 scalps in Surrey colours – only failing to take a wicket on three occasions – whilst Beaumont contributed 210 runs from the top of the order, breaking forty twice.
Whilst with the Surrey Stars, both players were part of the successful 2017 World Cup squad. Beaumont is moving to the Southern Vipers whilst Hartley will play this season with Lancashire Thunder.
Captain Natalie Sciver remains with the Stars and will skipper the side for a third straight season – whilst the Stars’ three overseas players will be announced in the coming months. In 2017, South African opener Lizelle Lee joined all-rounder and international team mate Marizanne Kapp and Australian seamer Rene Farrell, both of whom played for the Stars in 2016 and 2017.
As part of the re-allocation of players, the Stars have also been allocated young seam bowler Ellen Burt, who plays for Sussex Women in the Royal London One Day Cup and Vitality Blast and had previously been part of the Southern Vipers in the KSL.