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KSL ROAD TO HOVE: Sussex's Georgia Adams looks ahead to tournament


The Kia Super League gets underway today, when Sussex’s local side, Southern Vipers, take on Western Storm at The Aegeas Bowl. 

The Vipers are one of the six sides in the competition hoping to win a place at Finals Day at The 1st Central County Ground, Hove on Friday 1st September.

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A total of 14 current and former Sussex players are taking part in the tournament. Ahead of this afternoon’s curtain raiser – which is followed by four more group matches for the Southern Vipers, including a clash with Yorkshire Diamonds at Arundel Castle on Saturday 26th August (2.30pm start) – Bruce Talbot caught up with one of the eight Sussex Women on the Vipers roster, Georgia Adams.

Their preparation has not been ideal, but opening batsman Georgia Adams believes Southern Vipers will be raring to go when they start their defence of the Kia Super League on Thursday. 

Vipers take on Western Storm in a repeat of last year’s final at the Ageas Bowl in the first match of a T20 double-header with Hampshire taking on Glamorgan later in the day with both games televised on Sky Sports.

The weather washed out both Vipers’ warm-up games, including Tuesday’s match against Surrey on the Isle of Wight, and Adams is one of several players affected by a virus which has been going through the camp.

“We’ve all had a bit of a summer cold but we’re all fine now,” said Adams. “We started training a month ago but since the World Cup finished we’ve been pretty much on the go every day and we can’t wait for tomorrow.”

The 23-year-old Sussex captain has been on the fringes of the England set-up for a number of years and, after helping Vipers to victory in the inaugural edition of the Super League last year, she recognises the importance of the competition in bridging the gap between county cricket and the level to which she and the other home-based players will aspire too over the next few weeks.

“Last year was brilliant in terms of the exposure it gave us and this year, with a lot of games on Sky and playing before the men, this year is going to be even better,” she said.
“From a personal point of view, I learned so much, just playing alongside world-class players like Suzie Bates, picking up little bits from them in terms of their preparation and how they approach different scenarios in the game and facing different bowlers.

“Playing in front of bigger crowds as well gives you such a buzz and I definitely feel the competition will grow even more this year, especially after the World Cup success. There is a big incentive for all the England players to do well, whether you’re in the squad of trying to break into it.”

With Lauren Winfield and Tammy Beaumont established at the top of the England order, Adams, who has opened for nearly all of her career, may have to reinvent herself as a middle-order player in the 50 overs format.

But that’s an ambition down the line. For now, her focus is on scoring consistent runs for the Vipers and helping them defend their title in what she describes as “a wide-open competition.” They face Surrey Stars at the Ageas Bowl on August 20 and Yorkshire Diamonds at Arundel Castle on the 26th in their other two home games.

“Every team looks so strong,” she added. “I think we’re all of a similar level. What will help I think is that with more matches on TV hopefully we will play on better pitches which can only showcase the women’s game more. We need to build on the momentum of the World Cup win. A lot of people are talking about women’s cricket at the moment and we have to keep that going and build on it.”

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