Published: 14th January, 2014
The Surrey Women will start their campaign in the LV= County Championship against Warwickshire at Reeds School in Cobham on Sunday May 4th.
The side, captained by Cecily Scutt and featuring young England all rounder Natalie Sciver, will then take on Yorkshire at the same venue on Bank Holiday Monday. The second Bank Holiday weekend in the month will then see back to back away fixtures against Essex and Berkshire.
Surrey will also be competing in the shortest form of the game, with the Women’s NatWest T20 set for July 22nd and 23rd. After victory in the second division in 2013, Surrey will take on Essex and Kent (each team playing the other twice) for the right to compete in the National Finals Day on Sunday August 3rd.
As part of their preparation for the summer, the side are meeting at the Guildford Cricket Centre, based at George Abbott School, once a month. Read on for a report on their first camp, held on the first weekend of January.
After a 2013 campaign that saw the Surrey Women win a relegation play off to maintain their place in Division One – Cecily Scutt’s side are keen to make an impression during 2014.
The teams they will be taking on in Division One of the Women’s County Championship are Kent, Sussex, Berkshire, Essex, Nottinghamshire, Middlesex, Warwickshire and Yorkshire. All Championship games are played as one day games, under fifty over rules.
The winter preparation started Friday 3rd January where the first of three, two day winter training camps kicked off at the Surrey Cricket Centre at George Abbott School in Guildford. Coaches Dudley Graham and Jeremy Greaves are continuing in their roles for the 2014 and the side also enjoyed the attendance of ex England’s Women’s coach Mark Lane.
One of the side’s objectives for the summer is to be more aggressive in their batting – with this in mind – and dusting off a few cob webs – they started training off with tennis ball drills focusing predominantly on holding a solid base to create power. This was then progressed onto full kit and hitting throw down and to finish the evening the squad split into bowling groups, focusing on actions and consistency.
With an early start planned for day two a thorough warm up was required, which led into a high intensity fielding drill – the main focus of which was shying at the stumps at both bowler and wicket keeper ends with the pressure on run outs.
The squad then moved back onto batting and recapping drills from the previous day which gave them an opportunity to go into more technical detail.
The next focus was batting in nets, which focused on shot selection whilst maintaining a positive and aggressive approach. After an hour and a half of a variety of great shots, alongside well worked wickets including a perfect over from Beth Kerins, the squad finished off with the original fielding drill they started with.
This time however the accuracy had increased significantly, with the drill regarded as one of the most successful fielding drills the squad have ever achieved as a team. This allowed the squad to finish the weekend with high morale, looking forward to the next training camp hoping only to improve further.
The next weekend camp will be held over the weekend of 15th & 16th February and all the summer’s fixtures can be found on this website by hovering over the ‘Fixtures’ menu and selecting ‘Womens Fixtures’.