Bryony Smith stars with bat and ball as South East Stars flatten Sunrisers

Grace Scrivens ends up on losing side despite four-for followed by 74

South East Stars 281 for 8 (Smith 66, Capsey 64*, Chathli 61, Scrivens 4-42) beat Sunrisers 201 (Scrivens 74, Smith 3-37) by 80 runs

South East Stars beat Sunrisers by 80 runs in their Rachael Heyhoe Flint Trophy match at Beckenham. Stars posted 281 for 8 before dismissing Sunrisers for 201, Bryony Smith claiming 3 for 37.

Smith was also the Stars top scorer with 66, while Alice Capsey hit 64 not out and Kira Chathli 61.

Stars had looked like hitting in excess of 300 until Sunrisers’ Grace Scrivens took 4 for 42, but the hosts rallied after a middle-order slide and although Scrivens then made 74 with the bat, the visitors’ next highest scorer was Amara Carr with 35 and they were all out with eight overs remaining.

Having won the toss, Stars chose to bat and lost Phoebe Franklin early when she swiped Naomi Dattani to Jo Gardner and was out for 3 in the fifth over. Smith and Chathli then put on 111 for the second wicket, before Mady Villiers had the former caught at square leg by Cordelia Griffith.

Griffith also caught Chathli off Scrivens, who subsequently took a sharp return catch to remove Aylish Cranstone for 27. Kirstie White was bowled by Abtaha Maqsood for a second-ball duck and Scrivens then had Grace Gibbs lbw for 2, before bowling Freya Davies for just 1.

Having lost four wickets for 17 runs, Stars counterattacked, with Alexa Stonehouse putting on 55 for the next wicket with Capsey before Griffith removed her with a steepling catch off Kelly Castle to dismiss her for 24. Eva Gray then made a quickfire 18 from 11 balls and with 13 coming off the final over, Stars had what looked like a daunting total.

Stonehouse removed Griffith early in the chase, caught by Capsey for 10, but Sunrisers recovered to 59 for 1 at the end of the powerplay, only to lose Dattani for 19 in freakish circumstances in the 11th over. She’d comfortably made her ground when the ball ricocheted off the stumps at the Beckenham End, only to get run out by Gray at the other end, chasing a second.

Scrivens drove Smith back over her head for the four that took her past 50, but then lost another partner when Villiers charged at Smith and was stumped by Chathli for 10.

The Kent allrounder’s high-class innings came to an end in the 28th over when she hit Smith to White and Gardner was then lbw for nought to Grace Gibbs.

The run rate remained manageable at just over seven, but Smith then trapped Carr lbw and Castle, who had been dropped on 8, was given caught behind off Capsey for 14. Capsey bowled Katherine Speed for 7 and Gray then wrapped up the win with two wickets in the 42nd over. She ripped out Maqsood’s middle stump, bowling her for 2, before getting Kate Coppack lbw for a duck with the final ball of the over.

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