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Surrey Cricket Board Womens 1st XI v Derbyshire Cricket Board Womens 1st XI

Surrey were the next big guns to test the confidence of a Derbyshire team without many of its top order. Leah Kelloggs unavailability added to the difficulty the team faced without 3 of its top 5 batters and both spin bowlers. Surrey were able to count England star Natalie Sciver and the world’s fastest women bowler from New Zealand, Lea Tahuhu, amongst their stars although Sciver having hit another century the day before was not on the team sheet today. Reeds school hosted the game and despite an overnight thunderstorm the game started on schedule. Skipper Horton called the coin correctly and Surrey were batting. Another previous day centurion Sophie Pout opened up with Kirstie White and the pair looked to give the innings a positive start taking the score to 44 before Lucy Yates (10-2-38-2) again got the opening breakthrough. Alice Dyson ( 9.2-1-36-3) soon followed by removing the dangerous Pout with the score on 47. Tiarna Gilkes (3-1-13-1) then removed Jones before the accuracy of Amy Lacey (10-2-26-2) wore down Smith and later Cranstone. Rachel Hopkins (10-1-32-2) took out Chathli and Chatterji and incredibly Surrey who had hit 300+ in each of their previous league games were in trouble at 88 for 7. The arrival of Tahuhu looked like Surreys last chance of setting a score and she proved to be a thorn in the Derbys attack with some powerful hitting and aggressive intent. Emma Thatcher (5-0-41-0) joined the attack but couldn’t remove the determined overseas international. Together with skipper Scutt the pair added 63, Scutts contribution only 4!! The returning Yates finally removing Scutt thanks to a magnificent diving catch behind by the superb Megan Pittman, one of four dismissals on the day. Another 42 runs would be added before Alice Dysons second spell ended the innings in devastating style with stumps and turf flying in all directions. Tahuhu eventually falling for 60 from 58 balls. Despite looking like they wouldn’t reach 120 Surrey had battled to 193 all out.         

Openers Horton and Hopkins would take the dubious honour of taking first look at Tahuhus reputation and they would soon realise that the whispers were true as the NZ quickie sent down 80mph deliveries with alarming regularity. Rachel Hopkins (1) proved to be Tahuhu’s only success (10-3-20-1) as she battled with steely determination to see out the opener, finally succumbing to a thin edge to the keeper. Horton (23) looked assured until the spin of Jones caught her in two minds, 42 for 2. Megan Pittman (16) and Lauren Tuffrey (30) looking to make the most of her opportunity continued to add to the score until Megan perished to a loose sweep and top edged to square leg with the score at 75. This proved to be the turning point as Bess Heath (4) was removed, despite middling a pull straight at Tahuhu, Rebekah Grimley (0) and Lauren soon fell as the score slipped to 96 for 6. Alice Dyson (9) and a resilient Tiarna Gilkes (20) took the score to 110 before Alice was removed. Lucy Yates (0) went next and Emma Thatcher (2) being run out by another Tahuhu demonstration of her all-round ability. Amy Lacey (1*) helped to take the score to 137 before Gilkes brave innings came to an end. Surrey 17pts, Derbys (6pts).

Surrey were given a major scare by a team devoid of many of its top performers and but for the stand out difference an international makes to your side would surely have taken the spoils today as NZ Tahuhu almost single handed carried Surrey to victory. It may be that 2 defeats over the weekend could be predicted but there are plenty of positive signs emerging. Derbyshire have struggled all summer so far to get the better of the one player in each side that is paid to make a difference but our ability and performances compare equally with our opposition in all other aspects. Defining games against Worcestershire and Cricket Wales are still to come.

 

Division 2

 

P

W

L

Can

Abd

T

BatP

BowlP

Pen

Pts

Ave

Somerset

5

4

0

0

1

0

16

14

0

70

17.5

Hampshire

5

4

1

0

0

0

19

18

0

77

15.4

Surrey

5

4

1

0

0

0

18

16

0

74

14.8

Devon

5

4

1

0

0

0

14

19

0

73

14.6

Cricket Wales

5

2

3

0

0

0

16

18

0

54

10.8

Derbyshire

5

1

4

0

0

0

11

14

0

35

7

Worcestershire

5

0

4

0

1

0

7

6

0

13

3.25

Staffordshire

5

0

5

0

0

0

8

8

0

16

3.2

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