Surrey Women Dominate in Afternoon of T20

BRISTOL, UNITED KINGDOM - AUGUST 07: Bryony Smith of Surrey Stars bats during the Womens Kia Super League match between Western Storm and Surrey Stars at the Brightside Ground on August 7, 2016 in Bristol, United Kingdom. (Photo by Harry Trump/Getty Images)

Published: 17th July, 2017

Surrey Women earn dominant victories over Middlesex and Berkshire in a double-header afternoon of T20 cricket.

Surrey played their fifth and sixth games in their T20 competition this weekend, facing Middlesex and Berkshire in consecutive games at North Maidenhead.

Competing in Division One of the competition, Surrey had played four games so far in the competition, winning one and losing three. However, this weekend saw Cecily Scutt’s side pick up their first consecutive victories, and Surrey did so in convincing fashion.

In the first fixture of the day, Surrey faced London rivals Middlesex. Having won the toss, Surrey elected to field, which proved to be a fantastic choice. Building pressure on the Middlesex batters early on, Surrey were successful in restricting runs and took frequent wickets throughout the overs. The important wicket of Natasha Miles came just as the Middlesex opener was finding her rhythm, and she was caught by Cecily Scutt off the bowling of Amy Jenkins for 29. Hannah Jones then took two wickets, with great work behind the stumps from Rhianna Southby.

Middlesex finished their innings on 102/6, and Kirstie White and Bryony Smith set out to chase the total down for Surrey. Losing the wicket of Bryony Smith (4) early to Sophia Dunkley, and then Aylish Cranstone for no runs, Surrey were 5/2. Batting at 4, Hannah Jones then crafted an excellent innings contribution of 26 to give Surrey momentum. After a brief in play for rain, an adjust total of 98 to win was set, and Surrey claimed victory in 18.4 overs.

The second fixture of the day saw Surrey take on Berkshire, a team struggling at the bottom of the table with just one win so far in the competition. Again winning the toss, Cecily Scutt sent her side in to field and despite a fantastic 41 from Carla Rudd, Surrey limited the Berkshire side to just 83 from their 20 overs. Amy Jenkins, bowling three overs, took two wickets for just twelve runs.

Surrey openers Kirstie White (27) and Bryony Smith (34) chased down Berkshire’s total in just 9.4 overs, scoring nine boundaries between them to give Surrey their second victory of the afternoon.

Despite the two victories, Surrey still find themselves in the same position in Division One and are just two places above the relegation zone, though are eight points clear of Somerset and Berkshire.

Surrey’s next fixture is on Sunday 30th July at home (Banstead CC) to Lancashire and Yorkshire. Lancashire are at the top of Division One with five victories from six games, four points clear of Warwickshire and Sussex in second and third place respectively. Yorkshire are currently one place above Surrey in fifth and are on equal points on 12.

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