Surrey Women’s players have enjoyed a sterling start to the 50 over regional Rachael Heyhoe Flint Trophy with South East Stars.
Our all-rounder Sophia Dunkley leads the way with the bat for the team, representing the Kent & Surrey region, having scored 196 runs in three innings so far. Fellow England international Bryony Smith has also stood out, scoring 121 runs and taking six wickets, the second most in the team.
Johann Myburgh’s side, captained by Kent bowler Tash Farrant, began with a crushing 165 run win over Sunrisers. The star of this one was Dunkley, who scored an unbeaten 104 from 93 balls. She came to the crease on the back of a century opening stand including Smith, who eventually went for 59 from 63 balls. Farrant was the key player with the ball, taking a five-wicket haul, but Smith also shone with three wickets in the match.
It was a less enjoyable run out two day later when defending champions Southern Vipers defeated the South East Stars by seven wickets. Smith and fellow Surrey batter Aylish Cranstone scored 41 and 31 respectively, the Stars’ two highest scores before Smith took another two wickets.
A meeting with Western Storm ended in victory with Dunkley again at the centre of things. She made 92 as Storm chased down 246 to win with almost seven overs remaining. That came after another wicket for Smith and the scalp of captain Sophie Luff for leg spinner Danielle Gregory.
As well as Cranstone, Dunkley, Gregory & Smith, fellow Surrey players Alice Capsey, Kirstie White and wicketkeeper Rhianna Southby have all been heavily involved so far. South East Stars are next in action this Saturday when they face Northern Diamonds at Emerald Headingley.