Surrey’s London Championship campaign ended in 59-run defeat to Sussex in Brighton
Stand-in captain Claudie Cooper won the toss and elected to field. She was rewarded as Charlotte Stubbs bowled Sussex opener Phoebe Wilkinson for 7 in the eighth over.
Nine overs later, captain Claudie Cooper got the second opener as Izzy Collis was caught by Anjali Ketan for 31.
Number three Nicole Faltum looked to continue the platform her openers had made for her, putting on 37 with number four Chiara Green before Laura Bailey took the wicket of Green for 18.
Faltum began to lose partners in Regina Suddahazai (0), Millie Taylor (10) and Maya Champion for 6 as Sussex found themselves 154/6 from 40 overs.
Daisy Gibb and Faltum put on 41 for the seventh wicket before Emily Burke bowled Gibb for 14.
Indigo Gentry and Faltum took the hosts over 200, putting on 25 together before Gentry was caught by Charlotte Stubbs off the bowling of Charlotte Lambert for 10.
Lambert got Buckle two balls later to claim her third wicket before wicketkeeper batter Faltum eventually fell for 79 off the final ball of the Sussex innings, leaving the hosts 224 all out.
Charlotte Lambert was the pick of the Surrey bowlers, taking 3/43 from her eight overs.
Charlotte Stubbs and Daisy Feast set about chasing their target of 225 in a positive manner before Stubbs departed for 12 with the score on 27.
Robyn Bentley departed without scoring before Daisy Feast and Imogen Brown put on 58 for the third wicket – the highest partnership of the day.
Surrey opener Feast departed for 41 off the bowling of Millie Taylor before Surrey captain Claudie Cooper departed for 0.
Surrey then lost their next three wickets with the addition of 31 runs.
Alex Travers and Laura Bailey put on 46 for the eighth wicket to recover the Surrey innings before Bailey was bowled by Anna Buckle for 20.
Surrey were bowled out for 165 from 44.5 overs, with Alex Travers finishing the not out batter with 32.
The margin of victory for Sussex was 59 runs to bring about the end of Surrey’s London Championship campaign.