Big moves in the Kia Super League sees big names change sides for the third instalment

Jamie Ramage
10 Mar 2018

As the English domestic season draws ever closer, the allocation of England players for the Kia Super League have been announced. There are a few high profiles moves with Tammy Beaumont leaving Surrey Stars to move to the south coast and join the Southern Vipers.

At the England press day for the squad announcement for the tri-series in India, Beaumont spoke about joining her new domestic T20 side. Beaumont was full of praise for her old side “I loved my time with the Surrey Stars and I’d like to thank them for everything that they have done over the last two years. I certainly loved every moment of it.”

Beaumont is, however looking forward to working with her new team “it’s exciting, even though I’m a 27-year-old England player walking into a new team. There are a lot of new faces that I don’t know which is nerve-racking.”

However, there are players that she knows well, “I’m looking forward to it, getting to re-join Suzie Bates, who I obviously played with at Adelaide Strikers and Kent, so it is exciting to head down there and I’ve got my England team-mates Danni Wyatt and Tash Farrant to look after me.”

Replacing her in the Stars squad is Sarah Taylor. Beaumont sums up that move well, by saying “Sarah lives in London and Sussex and it will give her that time at home as well so it will be a good move for her and a good move for Elle (Threlkeld).”

Threlkeld, an England Academy player will then be given the opportunity to keep wickets for Lancashire Thunder and is partly what the Kia Super League is about, giving opportunities for younger players, a platform to perform at a higher level than of county level.

The musical chairs do not stop there as Alex Hartley moves in the opposite direction to Taylor and joins Lancashire Thunder.

Jenny Gunn and Beth Langston also swap places with each other with Gunn joining Loughborough Lightning and Langston taking her place at Yorkshire Diamonds.

Beaumont is definitely looking forward to the new Kia Super League season even if “my first game is away at Surrey Stars, so that will be a baptism of fire, but hopefully, they will know there are no hard feelings there, and I haven’t chosen to leave as such. I wish them all the best and I have got some good mates in the team and choosing staff.”

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