Stars coach ea­ger for re­peat show

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HAV­ING seen his Sur­rey Stars bowl out both their op­po­nents for 100 in the Kia Su­per League, Richard Bed­brook would love a re­peat on Sun­day.

The Stars’ coach ad­mits that will be a tough ask though when they take on lead­ers and reign­ing cham­pi­ons South­ern Vipers.

“I’d take that if you of­fered it to me,” laughed Bed­brook. “But we know what to ex­pect and how dif­fi­cult a game it will be.”

The two form teams meet at the Ageas Bowl in what will be the match of the tour­na­ment so far. Both have won their first two games and it could well turn out to be a dress re­hearsal for Fi­nals Day on Septem­ber 1.

Af­ter cruis­ing to an eightwicket win over York­shire Di­a­monds last Sun­day, Stars won by 33 runs against Lan­cashire Thun­der on Wed­nes­day with Rene Far­rell claim­ing only the sec­ond fivewicket haul in the brief his­tory of the com­pe­ti­tion.

“To bowl two sides out for 100 is very pleas­ing, but Wed­nes­day’s game was a lot closer than it looked if I’m be­ing hon­est,” said Bed­brook.

“They were 86 for 3 and go­ing well in their chase, but when we got Sarah Tay­lor, who bat­ted as well as she had in the World Cup, it came to­gether and Rene’s bril­liant caught-and-bowled for her fifth wicket topped it off.”

Stars’ un­beaten start is in con­trast to last sea­son when they lost to Vipers in their open­ing game and were al­ways play­ing catch up.

“One of the things we talked about be­fore the first game was get­ting mo­men­tum early,” added Bed­brook.

“Three teams beat us last year and we missed out on the semis and even if we were to beat the Vipers on Sun­day there would still be a lot of work to do to get to the fi­nals.

“But it’s a game we’re re­ally look­ing for­ward to. There are some qual­ity play­ers on both sides.

“I saw a bit of Suzie Bates’ 119 on Tues­day against Lough­bor­ough and it was an out­stand­ing in­nings, but they have got a very strong squad.

“I think they will say the same about us. We could pick any of our 15 and it would still be a good team and I have seen how much some of our play­ers, es­pe­cially those around the Eng­land Academy set-up, have im­proved in the last year. It gives us a lot of depth. We’ll have a look at the con­di­tions be­fore de­cid­ing our team but hope­fully it’s a wicket that will help us pro­duce a good spec­ta­cle.”

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