Published: 30th July, 2020
Surrey Women got their London Championship off to an exceptional start by hammering Kent at Tunbridge Wells CC on Thursday.
After bowling their hosts out for just 138 in less than 43 overs, Surrey chased down the total with 22.4 overs and eight wickets remaining.
Danielle Gregory & Claudie Cooper were the stars with the ball, claiming 3/28 & 3/19 respectively. It was then up to Alice Capsey & Aylish Cranstone to lead Surrey home, scoring 70 and 36 not out.
The four-team, 50 over competition has been designed to give players cricket in this most different of summers and fresh off a London Cup victory, Surrey are off to a flying start.
After a watchful start to the Kent innings, Beth Kerins made the breakthrough with the team on 35 in the ninth over when Grace Scrivens was caught by Chloe Brewer.
Gregory was the next in on the action when last year’s Player of the Year for Kent Maxine Blythin was caught by Kira Chathli. That was the first of three successive wickets for the leggie with Sarah Bryce and Phoebe Franklin soon following.
Seamer Brewer got the wicket of Kent captain and South East Stars player Tash Farrant in 36th over and Kent were struggling on 127/5.
A Kirstie White run out and three for spinner Claudie Cooper completed the hosts’ innings in double quick time from there, with Kent losing 7.2 of their allotted overs.
Surrey lost Chathli for just 1 early on but were in no mood to hang around as White & Cranstone came together. White went for 16 but Cranstone, who scored a century in the friendly between these sides last week, continued with Capsey.
Capsey was much the aggressor in the stand, powering to 70 as Surrey racked off the total with almost half of their overs to spare. Cranstone was still with her come the end, making 36.
Surrey are next in action in the London Championship on Monday 3rd August. They’ll play Essex at Gidea Park & Romford CC and entry is free for all spectators.