2014 ZEO Superleague: Defending champions Team Bath hold Surrey Storm
Last Updated: 11/02/14 6:18pm
Rachel Dunn (R): The Surrey Storm goal shooter impressed. Photo by Ezra Rollinson
Defending champions Team Bath were thankful to England captain Pamela Cookey as they held Surrey Storm to a thrilling 48-48 draw at a sold out Surrey Sports Park on Monday night.
Storm were forced to play out the final 40 seconds with possession netball but a mistake in the mid court by Serena Guthrie allowed Bath to mount a final attack of the game and Cookey took advantage to level the scores at the death.
The Somerset outfit brought a squad littered with England internationals including Cookey and Serena Guthrie to the meeting but it was the hosts who quickly found their feet with player/coach Tamsin Greenway feeding a number of passes into goal shooter Rachel Dunn.
Some powerful defensive play between Amy Flanagan and Katy Holland helped the Storm gradually edge away from their opponents with a 14-11 lead.
They continued the momentum in the second quarter with the shooters becoming more mobile, holding their ground and scoring effortlessly.
With the clock counting down to the last 40 seconds of the half, a huge long pass from Greenway to Dunn saw Storm secure a comfortable 30-22 lead.
Surrey then took firm control of the game as they extended their lead to 35-25 and into the final quarter with a seven-goal advantage at 41-34.
But Bath returned to the court with an unprecedented burst of desire and energy. They were hot to take advantage of every rebound and sloppy pass made in the centre.
Before long it was a one-point game following a passage of goal for goal play before Cookey restored parity on the final whistle.
Surrey are next in action on Monday as they travel to Cardiff to face Celtic Dragons, which will feature live on Sky Sports.
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