KSL 2019 Preview: Surrey Stars v Western Storm
top of the table Western Storm will be looking to make it nine wins out of nine in this year’s KIA Super League when we travel to Woodbridge Road, Guildford to take on Surrey Stars tomorrow (Sunday).
Play is due to get under way at 2:30pm.
Western Storm are currently top of the KSL table with 34 points from eight matches whilst Surrey Stars are fifth with 11 points from their three games.
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HEAD TO HEAD
The two sides have met on seven previous occasions with Western Storm coming out on top three times. Surrey Stars have won the other four fixtures.
The last time the two sides met was on August 21st when Western Storm won by four runs at the Cooper Associates County Ground.
The Stars won the toss and elected to field.
Rachel Priest top scored with 44 from just 16 balls and she was well supported by Sophie Luff and Deepti Sharma who both scored 32.
The home side posted a total of 159 for eight from their 20 overs.
Both Surrey openers fell without scoring but Sarah Taylor (73 from 54 balls) ensured that the game went right down to the final over.
Anya Shrubsole held her nerve and Surrey Stars finished on 155 for eight from their allotted overs.
Western Storm will be without injured duo Amara Carr and Danielle Gibson and will name a starting XI from the following squad: Heather Knight (c), Anya Shrubsole, Fran Wilson, Smriti Mandhana, Rachel Priest, Deepti Sharma, Freya Davies, Sophie Luff, Claire Nicholas, Sonia Odedra, Danielle Gibson, Naomi Dattani, Ellie Mitchell, Alex Griffiths and Nat Wraith.
VIEWS FROM THE DRESSING ROOM
Ahead of the match Head Coach, Trevor Griffin said: “We’ve already reached Finals Day but it’s absolutely vital that we don’t become complacent. That’s something that we’ve spoken to the players about over the last few games.
“Surrey Stars will be hurting after our last game and knowing that they can’t make it back to Finals Day this year. They will be wanting to make sure that they finish their season in a positive way, so I expect it to be a really tough game.
“This is the strongest squad that we’ve had in the last four years and I’ve been really impressed by our non-internationals again this year. They’ve made a really big impression, as they have done over the last few years. That’s something we’re all really proud of.”
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