Published: 5th June, 2018
Bryony Smith has hailed the team-first attitude of the Surrey Women side after they sealed promotion from Division Two on Sunday.
With figures of 5/33 and an unbeaten 119* with the bat, Smith became just the third player in Women’s County Championship history to claim five wickets and score a century in the same match during the promotion clinching victory over Essex.
Recorded instances of a century & a 5-fer in the same List A Women’s County match:
Carole Hodges (Lancashire & Cheshire) 107 & 5-18 v Kent, 1993
Heather Knight (Berkshire) 101 & 5-14 v Warwickshire, 2014
Bryony Smith (Surrey) 119* & 5-33 v Essex, today
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Despite that match winning performance, Smith preferred to focus on how Surrey have played throughout the seven-match campaign that included six victories.
She said: “Promotion is what we’ve been aiming for throughout the whole season and to get there in the fashion that we did against Essex was brilliant.
“To be honest I didn’t even know I had a five-fer until I came off the pitch so that came as a bit of a surprise! I was delighted to contribute to the team but the success of the promotion is the main thing I’ll remember about the day.”
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This success comes in Richard Bedbrook’s first year as permanent Head Coach and Smith praised the impact he had on their preparation before the season began on Sunday 6th May.
“The girls have put in so much training time over the winter, getting together every week and continued that in the summer. That’s really showed throughout the season,” she suggested.
“Having Bedders around all the time has really helped. He has the experience of working with the Stars so he knows how to work with us and I think we’ve helped teach him more about women’s cricket so far.”
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Smith has batted alongside Kirstie White at the top of the order throughout the competition, often getting Surrey off to lightning quick starts in their innings.
The pair shared a stand of 78 against Derbyshire that set the foundations for the record breaking 404/2 that came in the innings at Spondon CC, including a Surrey record 180* from Nat Sciver.
On her relationship with White, Smith said: “We’ve trained together for quite a few years now and our games compliment each other well. She’ll play the holding role while I try to go after the bowling a bit more which can really help the lower order if we make that fast start.
A big congrats to @surreycricket @SurreyLadies today for gaining promotion back to Division 1. Exciting young team who have worked hard over the winter. A day to celebrate for the girls 😎🙌🏾 pic.twitter.com/yzweWAIyPl
— Ebony Rainford-Brent (@ejrainfordbrent) June 3, 2018
Although England star Sciver played in four of the seven matches, Smith is proud of the way the rest of the squad stood up to be counted whether the all-rounder was involved or not.
“It’s great when we have Nat around but over the last few years we had struggled without her. That work that we’ve done behind the scenes has helped us to fill that gap and step up massively to take the responsibility needed.”
Surrey Women will now head into T20 action, beginning with double headers against Worcestershire and Warwickshire at the Edgbaston Foundation Ground on Sunday. Click here to view all the fixtures and results.