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World Cup Stars: Hartley spins to success


Published: 11th August, 2017

In the fourth of a series looking at the Women’s World Cup achievements of our players, we focus in on the performances that saw Surrey Stars spinner Alex Hartley named in the ICC Team of the Tournament after glory with England.

Having taken 10 wickets across eight appearances in the competition, Hartley’s left arm spin was hailed as a crucial component of England’s victory with captain Heather Knight often calling on her in potentially match defining moments.

They weren’t just any wickets either with Hartley claiming some of the biggest scalps on offer at the tournament, including Meg Lanning, Harmanpreet Kaur and Suzie Bates.

The 23-year-old also has a record that batsmen the world over would tussle for; she doesn’t yet have an average in one-day international cricket. Often batting at 11, Hartley was required to bat just twice in the competition meaning she has now not lost her wicket in seven innings.

It’s her bowling that makes her such a valuable commodity in the international arena and after seven overs for 38 in the opener with India, Hartley was at her economical best against Pakistan. With figures of 1/13 off 6.2 overs, rain forced the sides off and sealed a Duckworth-Lewis victory for England.

Hartley missed the win over Sri Lanka, her only absence in the tournament, but returned to be one of only two bowlers to complete her allocation against the dangerous South Africa before back-to-back sterling efforts against Australia and New Zealand.

The young spinner took 2/31 and 3/44 respectively against the southern hemisphere giants as England set themselves up to finish top of the group. She ended the group stage with 1/25 against West Indies before England discovered that South Africa were to be their semi-final opponents.

Nine overs for just 40 runs at Bristol restricted the visitors to 218/6 at Bristol before England edged to victory with Hartley padded up and ready to walk out if one more wicket fell.

That set up the tense final at a sold out Lord’s and Hartley once again was one of just two bowlers to complete her allotted 10 overs. She played more than just a defensive role though, taking the key wickets of Harmanpreet Kaur, the Indian batsman who had hit 171 in the semi-final, for 51 and Sushma Verma for a duck.

Hartley was reduced to a fielding brief for the closing over as Anya Shrubsole claimed a dramatic victory for England and ensured Surrey Stars would have four World Champion representatives this summer.

Attention now turns to representing Surrey Stars in this summer’s Kia Super League alongside fellow England stars Tammy Beaumont, Nat Sciver and Laura Marsh as well as South African semi-finalists Lizelle Lee and Marizanne Kapp.

You can view the full Surrey Stars squad here.

The Kia Oval will host three Surrey Stars matches in August with the first, against Yorkshire Diamonds, on Sunday 13 August after the men’s side play Sussex.

They will then travel to Lancashire Thunder and Southern Vipers before welcoming Western Storm and Loughborough Lightning on the 23rd and 26th respectively. Tickets for all three home matches are still available from our site.

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