Match times, streaming information, tickets and travel, team news, weather forecast and everything else you need to know ahead of the next round of the Rachael Heyhoe Flint Trophy…
Fixture: South East Stars v Lightning
Venue: Beckenham, Kent
Dates: Friday, September 10, 2021
Start time: 10.30am
What’s the lowdown?
Confidence is high in the South East Stars camp, fresh on the back of winning the Charlotte Edwards Cup last Sunday, with a host of in-form players and – in the cases of Alice Capsey and Grace Gibbs – the added fillip of having won The Hundred with Oval Invincibles last month as well.
They sit fifth in the Rachael Heyhoe Flint Trophy at the moment but will be backing themselves to use their current momentum to improve on that position. Realistically, they will need to win their next three games, however. Lightning, likewise. The two teams are level on points, though Lightning do not have such form behind them, having endured a torrid T20 campaign. They will hope a return to the 50-over game provides the shift they need to return to winning ways.
Who should I watch out for?
It goes without saying that Capsey should feature in this segment; there is not a fan of the women’s game in the land without an eye on the teenager’s progress. She was named player of the match in the Charlotte Edwards Cup final against Northern Diamonds. Bryony Smith also enjoyed a profitable tournament, while Aylish Cranstone’s final cameo suggested she has rediscovered some of her best form.
For Lightning, Kirstie Gordon has been excellent this summer, offering the best possible riposte to the loss of her central contract. She impressed through The Hundred and has nine wickets in the Rachael Heyhoe Flint Trophy to boot.
What’s the team news?
South East Stars squad: Bryony Smith, Alice Davidson-Richards, Aylish Cranstone, Alice Capsey, Chloe Brewer, Dani Gregory, Eva Gray, Grace Gibbs, Hannah Jones, Phoebe Franklin, Rhianna Southby, Susie Rowe, Emma Jones, Kirstie White, Kira Chathli, Kalea Moore
Lightning squad: Kathryn Bryce, Sarah Bryce, Lucy Higham, Bethan Ellis, Abigail Freeborn, Leah Kellogg, Grace Ballinger, Alicia Presland, Nancy Harman, Shachi Pai, Sophie Munro, Teresa Graves, Kirstie Gordon, Yvonne Graves, Sonia Odedra, Michaela Kirk, Beth Harmer
Latest South East Stars news: Click here
Latest Lightning news: Click here
What’s the weather forecast?
Keep up to date with the MetOffice’s rolling forecast for Beckenham: Click here
How do I follow the match?
TV/stream: Watch out for a live stream on the Kent or South East Stars YouTube channels.
Radio: BBC Local Radio and the BBC Sport website will carry updates of the game.
Digital: The Cricketer will carry live scorecards and reports from every Women’s Regional Competition match in 2021, as well as the latest breaking news from around the counties and exclusive features. Visit our Women’s Regional Hub for more.
Going to the game?
Tickets for this game are available for free and no pre-booking is required.
Address: Kent County Cricket Ground, Worsley Bridge Road, Beckenham, BR3 1DR
By car: Some spaces are available on-site, with entry exclusively from Worsley Bridge Road by Copers Cope Road corner. No vehicle entry is possible through the main entrance as this is a major pedestrian entrance. Disabled parking is available for Blue Badge holders on a first-come-first-served basis.
By public transport: National Rail from London Victoria and Blackfriars, Canterbury via Bromley South: Beckenham Junction – 15 minute walk via Southend Road and Worsley Bridge Road or via the 54 bus service at Copers Cope Road (Stop R) and alight at Stumps Hill Lane (Stop T).
From Charing Cross, Cannon Street and London Bridge: Lower Sydenham (15 min walk) or take the 352 bus from Stop LC on Worsley Bridge Road to Hackington Crescent (Stop K). From Hayes, West Wickham, Eden Park, Clock House: New Beckenham (15 min walk) or the 352 bus from Stop A to Hackington Crescent (Stop K)
By bus: The 54 bus runs along Southend Road which is a five-minute walk from the ground and comes from Woolwich via Catford and Lewisham. The 352 bus runs adjacent to the ground from Bromley.
South East Stars look like a team determined to finish their summer on a high.
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