Richard Bedbrook Backs Surrey Stars Win
Coach Richard Bedbrook is backing his Surrey Stars team to rediscover the winning habit as it gets to the business end of the Kia Super League.
After winning their first two games, the reigning champions suffered a washout against Southern Vipers last Monday. In hindsight, Bedbrook thinks that stalled their momentum and they have since been beaten by Loughborough Lightning and Southern Vipers, when they were on the end of a brilliant hundred from Danni Wyatt at Arundel on Sunday.
Between tomorrow and next Wednesday, Stars play five games starting with a home match against Yorkshire Diamonds on Tuesday (2.30pm). They then embark on a three-day road trip which features games against Western Storm on Wednesday and Loughborough on Saturday before the return match with leaders Storm on Sunday at Guildford.
“With the schedule as it is this season there isn’t much time to dwell on a bad result,” said Bedbrook.
“But I didn’t think we played that well on Sunday. We got done by a great partnership between Danni and Suzie Bates – Danni played a fantastic knock and when you’re chasing 180-odd you need one of your batsmen to play that type of innings and that didn’t happen unfortunately.
“It’s funny because Mignon du Preez did something similar against us for Loughborough last week. I suppose we should take it as a compliment I suppose that these good players save their best for when they play Surrey.”
Despite those defeats Surrey are still in third place and have a game in hand on Vipers and Loughborough. They are also the masters of the late run having won four out of five on their way to winning last year’s tournament.
“There’s no reason why we can’t get that momentum we had at the start back quickly,” added Bedbrook. “We’ve got a lot of players in decent form and there is a real energy in the group.
“We look at it that in a ten-match group we have only lost two games. We played poorly against Loughborough last week but in the other games we’ve done pretty well. The challenge when you’re facing a schedule like this is not to get too high or too low, there isn’t the time to dwell on any negatives.”
At least Stars are in good shape physically ahead of a punishing schedule. Bedbrook said: “The squad are fit and our strength and conditioning guys make sure that the girls have done the right things throughout the whole tournament.”