Surrey will start their London Championship campaign against Sussex at Caterham on Sunday 12 June.
Amy Gordon and Rhianna Southby, who found rhythm in Surrey’s T20 campaign, will be important with the bat and Surrey will be looking towards Eva Gray, spinner Claudie Cooper and the exciting fast bowler Charlotte Lambert to make inroads into the opposition’s batting line up.
With several Surrey players – including club captain Aylish Cranstone, Bryony Smith and Alice Capsey – taking part in the Charlotte Edwards Cup Finals Day for the South East Stars on Saturday, the experienced Kirstie White will captain the team.
They are up against a strong Sussex side that claimed victory when the two teams met in the semi-final of the County Championship T20 competition and Surrey will be looking to put that right when the teams meet tomorrow.
The London Championship sees Surrey, Sussex, Middlesex, Essex and Kent compete in 50 over-a-side matches during the next six weeks. Surrey narrowly missed out on last year’s title, finishing second and will be hoping to go one step further this year.
Jon Batty, Head Coach of the Surrey team, said “It’s really exciting to get the first London Championship game under our belts on Sunday. We’ve got a side full of real potential and it’s going to be great to give them a chance to show what they can do.
“The London Championship is an important way for the team to get experience in the 50 over game and play some high quality women’s cricket. Last year, we saw Izzy Berry and Maddie Blinkhorn-Jones burst onto the scene and make a real impact, which was fantastic, and hopefully we’ll see some more big performances from the squad this year.”
The first game of the London Championship is at Caterham School and the match starts at 11am.
Kirstie White (c)