Surrey Women have completed a memorable double in 2020, adding the London Championship to the London Cup to cap an unbeaten summer.
Hannah Jones’ young side secured the Championship shield when today’s game between Middlesex and Kent at Mill Hill CC fell victim to the rain, leaving Surrey on their own at the top of the table with 41 points from their three games.
After starting their season with a T20 victory over Middlesex in the sixth London Cup (an annual T20 match between the two sides), Surrey dominated the London Championship – a newly inaugurated fifty over competition, featuring Surrey, Middlesex, Kent and Essex.
They started with an eight wicket defeat of Kent at the Nevill Ground in Tunbridge Wells, where three wickets each for Dani Gregory and Claudie Cooper restricted the hosts to 138 all out, a total Surrey surpassed off just 27.2 overs with the loss of two wickets, thanks to an unbeaten 70 from Alice Capsey.
This was followed by another eight wicket win, over Essex at Gidea Park CC. The game followed a similar pattern with Essex bowled out for 135, this time with Jones and Capsey taking three wickets each, before 48* from Aylish Cranstone and 39 from Kirstie White secured the win off just 26 overs.
Surrey’s final game, at Guildford CC against Middlesex, was sadly a victim of the weather, with Surrey dismissing Middlesex for 181 before their chase was cut short when they were 30/2 from nine overs.
Whilst the county season has now come to a conclusion, a number of Surrey players – Chloe Brewer, Alice Capsey, Aylish Cranstone, Amy Gordon, Eva Gray, Dani Gregory, Hannah Jones, Rhianna Southby and Kirstie White – are now involved with the new South East Stars side that will play in the Rachael Heyhoe-Flint Trophy.
Surrey’s trio of International stars, Natalie Sciver, Bryony Smith and Sofia Dunkley, have not been available for the Club all summer due to their involvement with the England Women’s bubble, but will hope to see action of one form or another before the end of the summer.