They entered the land of the Super League as perhaps the most heavily packed outfit but the way Lancashire Thunder dwindled in the opening match was nothing short of a debacle. Both their batting and bowling units fell apart in unison seeing the side suffer a harrowing 34 run defeat in their league opener against Southern Vipers.
Conceding a massive 166 while bowling first, ardent supporters of the league expected Lancashire Thunder to come hot out of the blocks given the clean hitters packed in their top-order. And despite getting a solid opening start, the side failed to latch onto the incentive provided to them as they put in a callous batting display which saw them go from 68-1 to 109-8, a period which all but ensured their demise in the match.
On the other hand, their opponents for today, Surrey Stars enter this encounter have sealed a rigorous and testing 9 run win against Yorkshire Diamonds. The reigning champions showed why they are considered firm favourites for retaining their prestigious title with the side putting in an astounding bowling display, one which saw them defend their 130 as they picked up 6 wickets for 24 runs to put down Yorkshire with ease in the end.
Now up against a Lancashire side who were guilty of their own batting collapse, Surrey will be looking to emanate the same bowling heroics from their previous encounter. They’ll be well aware though that this is a Lancashire unit which will be hurting and looking to reinstate their credentials as true challengers to Surrey’s title.
Pitch Conditions And Toss
This is a wicket which has traditionally played good for batsmen and we don’t see that changing with the Super League looking to engulf viewers in a riveting brand of power hitting. The new ball will definitely move around with the overhead conditions assisting the pacers but it won’t be anything to perturb the batsmen.
Expect a big score here with the side winning the toss looking to field first.
Surrey Stars vs Lancashire Thunder Probable Playing 11
- Tammy Beaumont has been named captain of Southern Vipers for the upcoming season.
Lizelee Lee, Bryony Smith, Sarah Taylor, Dane van Niekerk, Natalie Sciver (C), Laura Marsh, Marizanne Kapp, Mady Villiers, Aylish Cranstone, Amy Gordon, Eva Gray
Eve Jones, Ellie Threlkeld, Tahlia McGrath, Sune Luus, Harmanpreet Kaur, Sophia Dunkley, Kate Cross (C), Alex Hartley, Sophie Ecclestone, Georgia Boyce, Emma Lamb
Surrey Stars vs Lancashire Thunder Probable Winner
This encounter should be a finely contested one, a match which will be decided by the better batting unit at the end of the day with both side’s coming into the match with sublime bowling units. And it’s this narrative which tilts the balance ever so slightly in Surrey Stars’ favour with the side having more names who are ready to apply themselves in the middle and understand the situation of the game.
Match: Surrey Stars vs Lancashire Thunder
Date And Time: 8th August, Thursday- 7:00pm IST
Venue: Woodbridge Road, Guildford
Surrey Stars vs Lancashire Thunder Pivotal Players
- Lizelee Lee, Sarah Taylor, Dane van Niekerk, Natalie Sciver
- Tahlia McGrath, Harmanpreet Kaur, Kate Cross, Sophie Ecclestone
SS vs LT Dream 11 Picks
Wicket-Keepers for SS vs LT Dream11
With 43 runs in 30 balls, Sarah Taylor’s knock in the number three potion was indispensible to her side in a low scoring encounter. She went to put on a 48 run stand for the second wicket along with Sciver, runs which ended up making all the difference at the end with Taylor ensuring that she was never stifled in her quest to find the boundary.
Batswomen for SS vs LT Dream11
It was a disappointing start for life in the 2019 edition of the Super League for Harmanpreet Kaur but expect her to recover from that disappointing innings in no time come today. She’s a specialist of this format, someone who lit alive the showpiece league last year with her emphatic strokeplay and we see her going onto score big today.
She’s accompanied by opener Georgie Boyce who scored an extremely well mad 43 in testing conditions, an innings which gave her side the perfect platform to build around. From Surrey Starts elsewhere we have the lone player coming in with their opener Bryony Smith representing us after a knock of 20.
All-Rounders for SS vs LT Dream11
The opening day of the Super Blast was a testament to the reasoning that all-rounders are the best variety to go ahead with in the shortest format of the game. And give the worldclass names lining up this encounter, it was only fair for us to shell out a massive amount to rope in the myriad performers into our setup.
Be it an international or domestic match, when Natalie Sciver is out doling her expertise we never restrain for indulging in her. The captain of the Surrey Stars, the English all-rounder has shown why she is held in such massive reverence with her affinity to contribute with both the bat and ball seeing her score 24 and snare 2 wickets with the ball as well.
Dane Van Niekerk comes in as well from the side while from surrey Stars we have decided to bring in Tahlia McGrath after her vital contribution of 28 runs with the bat in the previous encounter.
Bowling Order for SS vs LT Dream11
With wickets tumbling on opening day especially in the death overs and with the slower bowlers stifling batsmen by cramping them up for room, our bowling unit is the most heavily packed component of our side. We have opted for an entire trivalent from Lancashire with us indulging in spinner Sophie Ecclestone, pacer Kate Cross and Alex Hartley.
Ecclestone and Hartley should up wrecking havoc in this match with their right hand, left hand combination of spin proving to be treacherous infront of a side who struggled for runs previously. Elsewhere from Surrey Stars we have opted to get in Laura Marsh after she decimated Yorkshire with her spell of 3-17.
Captain And Vice-Captain
Sciver is chosen as our side’s captain while we have opted for Taylor as the vice-captain.
Dream 11 Disclaimer
All our selections are based on in-depth and astute analysis of the players partaking in the match, their performances in recent time, how the two teams have fared in the cricketing fraternity over the course of the last year, pitch report and a perusal of other reasoning. Please incorporate a slew of factors while crafting your own side with this article serving as a guide to the match and players who are expected to dole out the maximum points.