Published: 4th July, 2019
Surrey Women completed a mixed campaign in the final weekend of June. Here we review all the action from both the 50 over and T20 competitions.
ONE-DAY COMPETITION DIVISION ONE
Final position: 7th (out of eight) with 59 points
Top run scorer: Bryony Smith (347)
Top wicket taker: Hannah Jones (11)
Hannah Jones’ first full year as captain started in the best possible way after Surrey backed up two friendly victories with an opening day defeat of Yorkshire with the top three of Kirstie White, Bryony Smith and Aylish Cranstone all firing as Surrey reached a modest target. Despite an 86 and a 55 for Smith, two defeats followed against Lancashire and Kent.
The second victory of the Division One season came on the road at Sussex in Nat Sciver’s only appearance of the year. The England all-rounder took two wickets then scored 80 to lead Surrey home in their chase.
A Smith century against Nottinghamshire wasn’t enough to prevent defeat but a similar knock from England wicket keeper Amy Jones the following day did see Warwickshire past Surrey. The seven match season ended with a poor Surrey performance as they were all out for 81 chasing 274 to beat Hampshire.
TWENTY20 DIVISION ONE
Final position: Fifth (out of eight) with 17 points
Top run scorer: Bryony Smith (211)
Top wicket taker: Danielle Gregory (9)
The double header format of the T20s was back again for 2019 and Surrey got their season going just a week after completing the 50 over programme. 55 from Aylish Cranstone and two wickets for 14-year-old debutant Alice Capsey were the standout efforts against Birmingham but they began with a defeat. Victory did however come against Wales immediately afterwards. Cranstone was again the key with the bat, scoring 66.
After the rain forced the meeting with Kent to be abandoned the following week, the ground at the Brighton Aldridge Community Academy had recovered sufficiently for Surrey to beat Sussex later in the day. 74 for Kirstie White and two wickets each for four separate bowlers won the day.
Defeats came against both Lancashire and Hampshire at Widnes CC the next week before a complete turn around and two wins against Nottinghamshire (including 4-12 for Danielle Gregory) and Middlesex (including 4-16 for Eva Gray) to end the campaign within one victory of lifting the title.
As the first ever Women’s county match on the main pitch at Lord’s, it was an historic occasion on the 29th May. Unfortunately for the fans and players, rain robbed us all of much of the cricket expected. Surrey managed 28/3 from their allocated seven overs before the rain returned and reduced the chase to five overs. Middlesex reached their target, having lost four wickets, on the final ball of the evening.