Published: 27th July, 2016
New Zealand right-arm seamer, Lea Tahuhu, has signed for the Surrey Stars as a replacement for Meg Lanning, who was ruled out of the Kia Super League last week with a shoulder injury.
Renowned as one of the fastest female bowlers in the world, Tahuhu will complete a formidable seam bowling line-up for the Stars, joining South Africa’s Marizanne Kapp, Australian Rene Farrell and Stars captain and England all-rounder Natalie Sciver.
Tahuhu will arrive in the UK in time for Surrey Stars’ first fixture of the tournament on Sunday 31st July against Southern Vipers at the Ageas Bowl and be available the remainder of the tournament, including both home games – against Yorkshire Diamonds at the Kia Oval on Thursday August 4th and against Lancashire Thunder at Guildford CC on Tuesday August 9th.
Surrey Stars Head Coach Richard Bedbrook on the signing of Lea Tahuhu
Surrey Stars have also completed another new signing this week, after left-handed batting all-rounder Naomi Dattani (pictured below) joined the squad as a replacement for Kirstie White, after the wicket-keeper suffered an ankle injury during a warm-up match against Loughborough Lightning last week. England’s Tammy Beaumont will now take on wicket-keeping duties behind the stumps for the Stars.
Surrey CCC Director of Women’s Cricket, Ebony Rainford-Brent, said: “Signing a player of the calibre of Lea Tahuhu is a big boost to our squad ahead of our opening match this weekend. Alongside the likes of Natalie Sciver, Laura Marsh, Alex Hartley, Rene Farrell and Marizanne Kapp, we now have a very strong bowling attack and I look forward to seeing them in action.
“It is a shame to lose Kirstie White from the squad but she is working hard to regain her fitness and make herself available should we encounter anymore injury issues in the latter stages of the competition. Naomi is a great replacement however, and we all look forward to the contributions she can make for the Stars throughout the tournament.”