SS vs LT Dream11 Match Preview:
It’s a bottom of the pile clash in the Kia Super League as Surrey Stars take on the Lancashire Thunder in their respective last league games of the tournament.
Surrey Stars need to win this game with a bonus point and a hefty margin to entertain any chance of defending their crown while the Thunder are out of contention for the play-offs.
Surrey Stars vs Lancashire Thunder
August 28, 19:00 (IST)
Stanley Park, Blackpool
Lancashire Thunder Squad: Harmanpreet Kaur, Sune Luus, Kate Cross (c), Alex Hartley, Sophie Ecclestone, Emma Lamb, Tahlia McGrath, Eleanor Threlkeld, Natalie Brown, Alice Dyson, Sophia Dunkley, Evelyn Jones, Georgie Boyce, Danielle Collins, Ria Fackrell
Surrey Stars Squad: Laura Marsh, Sarah Taylor, Marizanne Kapp, Dane van Niekerk, Natalie Sciver (c), Lizelle Lee, Bryony Smith, Grace Gibbs, Aylish Cranstone, Hannah Jones, Eva Gray, Mady Villiers, Rhianna Southby, Gwenan Davies, Amy Gordon
Lancashire Thunder: The Thunder’s tournament thus far has been a sorry story.
They are still winless out of the nine games they’ve played thus far, and their only points came courtesy a draw.
Harmanpreet Kaur has been the lone warrior with the bat with little or no support offered by the likes of Cross, McGrath, Luus, and Lamb.
Bowling department reflects the same story where Ecclestone has picked out 12 wickets with some support from Luus and Lamb.
Harmanpreet Kaur, Sune Luus, Kate Cross (c), Alex Hartley, Sophie Ecclestone, Emma Lamb, Tahlia McGrath, Eleanor Threlkeld (wk), Natalie Brown, Sophia Dunkley, Ria Fackrell
Surrey Stars: It’s fair to stay that the title defense didn’t go as planned for the Champs.
They are currently fifth in the table five points behind the Yorkshire Diamonds with an NRR of -1.132 and will need to win with a hefty margin to gain a bonus point and surpass the half-point difference between them and the Diamonds.
Sarah Taylor has been her brilliant self in the tournament thus-far top-scoring for the Stars.
Nat Sciver, Lizelle Lee had also contributed some handy runs at times, but they have failed to click together as a Unit.
Bryony Smith has been a bitter disappointment top of the order.
South African Dane Van Niekerk has been good with the ball thus far claiming 12 wickets which included a hattrick.
Laura Marsh and Nat Sciver have made useful contributions as well.
Laura Marsh, Sarah Taylor (wk), Marizanne Kapp, Dane van Niekerk, Natalie Sciver (c), Lizelle Lee, Bryony Smith, Aylish Cranstone, Eva Gray, Mady Villiers, Amy Gordon
Sarah Taylor: She has been the standout for the Stars with the bat. The veteran has piled up 259 runs so far an average of 43.16 and a strike rate of 121.02. Her wicket-keeping comes as a bonus.
Harmanpreet Kaur: A veteran in her rights. The Indian Skipper has scored 255 runs in this year’s tournament at a strike rate of 112.33 which isn’t reflective of the explosiveness she naturally possesses.