The defending champions against the league leaders. It’s Stars v Storm in the Kia Super League with a win essential for the hosts. Tickets are on sale for a family day featuring plenty of entertainment off the pitch to complement the cricket.
Surrey Stars are the team to beat this year having been crowned the KSL champions after a thrilling 2018 season. Lead by captain and England international Nat Sciver and with a line-up featuring a mix of youth and experience the challenge is on for the Surrey side to become the first team to win the title in consecutive seasons
So far it’s been a roller coaster ride for the Stars with two wins and four losses (and one no result) leaving them fourth in the table with a top-three finish required if they are to make it through to Finals Day. Making today’s match a must-win for the hosts.
Meanwhile it’s been plain sailing for Western Storm who are looking to make it to Finals Day for a fourth year in a row. Eight wins on the spin has already guaranteed their place in the final and don’t expect Storm to take their foot off the gas this afternoon as they seek a perfect ’10 out of 10′ record from the league stages.
On a special family day of sport alongside the cricket there’s plenty of other entertainment for the family including coaching sessions, meet and greet with players, ballsportz and face painting.
Today’s match in Guildford is the penultimate match of the round-robin stage with Finals Day set for Hove on 1 September.
Ones to watch: Surrey Stars Laura Marsh. The England international was Player of the Match in the Star opening match of the season against Yorkshire Diamonds taking three wickets at a cost of just seventeen runs. Marsh’s ability to take early Storm wickets could be key. And in batter Lizelle Lee, the Stars have an attacking player who has helped South Africa become one of the world’s top teams. Meanwhile England captain Heather Knight and team-mate Anya Shrubsole are both part of a an experienced Western Storm squad that includes last year’s leading run-scorer Smriti Mandhana who has again been in the runs as Storm continue their unbeaten run.
Match starts at 2.30pm.
Tickets in advance are available via the ‘Get Tickets‘ link.
Tickets available on the gate priced at *£5 for adults and £1 for U16s.
* Members of Surrey County Cricket Club get free access to the fixture which is included in their Membership package. Members should produce their Membership card on arrival at the ground.
Travel tips: Guildford is the nearest train station to the ground. Fast trains from London, via either Waterloo or Clapham Junction, take just over 30 minutes.
About the Kia Super League: The KSL is the top tier of women’s T20 cricket in England. The 2019 season starts on 5 August and features six teams who will play each other twice in a league format. The KSL teams are Lancashire Thunder, Loughborough Lightning, Southern Vipers, Surrey Stars, Western Storm and Yorkshire Diamonds.
The top three teams after the round robin stage qualify automatically for Finals Day at Hove on 1 September, with the teams finishing in second and third place competing for the chance to face the first-placed league winners in the final.