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Suzie Bates Re-Joins Southern Vipers As Captain 

Bates will feature for the Southern Vipers for a third consecutive year and has been appointed captain ahead of the 2018 Kia Super League competition

The Southern Vipers are thrilled to announce that Suzie Bates will re-join the side and has been appointed captain ahead of the 2018 Kia Super League campaign.

Bates will feature for the Southern Vipers for a third consecutive year, after agreeing a return with the south-coast outfit, and the New Zealand captain and former Wisden Women’s Cricketer of the Year will also assume the role of skipper, following the retirement of former captain Charlotte Edwards last year.

The 30-year-old is one of the power hitters of the women's game, having made her international debut more than a decade ago, and has been an instrumental part of the national side throughout her career, totalling more than 3,800 runs at an average of 41.83, whilst also claiming 74 wickets at 33 runs apiece in 107 ODI fixtures.

Bates has also been a key contributor to the Vipers throughout the last two KSL campaigns. The right-hander totalled 492 runs at an average of 61.50, whilst also picking up 17 scalps at an average of just 12.88, helping the Vipers to victory in the inaugural competition in 2016 before reaching a second consecutive final last year. 

I am delighted that Suzie has agreed to play for the Vipers again in 2018. Her experience, skill and enthusiasm has been invaluable to us and has been instrumental in the success of the Vipers since we started.

Even better, she has agreed to fill the sizeable boots of Charlotte Edwards and will now captain the side for the first time - there is little doubt, she will lead from the front!

Bob Parks, Southern Vipers General Manager

I am very excited to be returning to the Vipers for the 2018 season. I have loved the last two seasons with a great group of people and I am looking forward to having the opportunity of leading a very talented side.

Suzie Bates

After the success of the first two KSL seasons, all six teams, including the Ageas Bowl-based Southern Vipers, will play each other home and away for the first time in 2018. Each team will play 10 matches rather than five in the battle to reach Finals Day, and the competition includes a total of 32 matches compared to last year’s 17, spanning 37 days from July 22 to August 27.

2018 KSL Tickets

Tickets for the Ageas Bowl’s Southern Vipers matches can be purchased online via the link above, over the phone on 0844 847 1863, or by visiting the Ageas Bowl’s Ticketing & Membership Office via normal working hours. Hampshire Cricket Members are entitled to free admission to all of the Southern Vipers’ home fixtures at the Ageas Bowl in 2018.

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