Stars coach eager for repeat show
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.”