Women’s County Championship Debrief

A weekend of high drama in the Royal London One Day Championship saw Surrey top Division 1, as Kent dropped points for the first time since 2013.

DIVISION 1 – ROUND 1

Sussex / Surrey – Put into bat by Sussex, England wicket keeper Sarah Taylor made 77, but a disappointing total of 143 was chased-down easily by Surrey, as Nat Sciver and Kirstie White both scored 67.

Kent / Yorkshire – At Beckenham, a depleted Yorkshire were taken apart by Charlotte Edwards, who made 88* to see Kent home by 9 wickets, with 15 overs to spare.

Warwickshire / Nottinghamshire – In a match interrupted at one point by thunder and lightning, Notts chased down 105 to beat Warwickshire.

Middlesex / Berkshire – Cover problems and a waterlogged pitch at Edmonton saw the game abandoned without a ball being bowled. (Full Report… such as it is!! Comment)

DIVISION 1 – ROUND 2

Kent / Sussex – Kent failed to clock up all their bonus points for the first time since 2013, as they made just 185, Deanna Cooper top-scoring with 88*. With Sussex needing 5 off the final over, and then two of the last ball, it could have gone either way… and in fact it went both, as a missed stumping and a disputed run, led to a controversial tie being called. The result was disputed by Kent in an appeal to the ECB; but a final ECB statement upheld the umpires’ on-field decision and the tie was confirmed.

Nottinghamshire / Lancashire Lightning – The Lightning suffered four run-outs as they were all-out for 141 in the final over, which Notts chased-down in a team effort, thanks to contributions from Jane Smit (31) Zoe Richards (28*) and Danni Wyatt (27).

Berkshire / Surrey – Surrey went top after beating Berkshire in a tipsy-topsy-turvy game, in which the telling contribution turned out to be from New Zealander Rachel Candy, who scored an unbeaten 81 off 71 balls as Surrey made 217. Berkshire then got within two agonising runs of victory, before they were all-out in the final over. (Full Report)

Warwickshire / Yorkshire – Chasing 207 after Loz Winfield top-scored for Yorkshire with 64; Warwickshire collapsed to 92/8, with Katie Levick taking a fifer, before they recovered some dignity to finish up on 121/8 after 50 overs.

DIVISION 2 – ROUND 1

Devon / Essex – Essex were bowled out for 98 and Devon chased down the required runs in 36.4 overs, winning by 4 wickets.

Staffs / Somerset – No play due to rain.

Wales / Scotland – Match abandoned without a ball being bowled due to a waterlogged pitch.

Worcestershire / Ireland – Isobel Joyce hit a glorious 127*, the maiden century of this year’s Championship, as Ireland finished on 315-5 and then bowled Worcestershire out for 189.

DIVISION 2 – ROUND 2

Devon / Durham – Devon beat Durham thanks in the main to a 1st-wicket partnership of 144 between Amara Carr (95) and Aylish Cranstone.

Somerset / Ireland – Sophie Luff hit 65 as Somerset posted 223, before blowing Ireland away for just 65, the wickets being shared between England’s Anya Shrubsole, sister Lauren and Jenny Withers.

Staffs / Scotland – A maiden championship 50 for young talent Kirstie Gordon wasn’t enough to save Scotland from a Staffordshire Bull Terriering, as Staffs chased down 194 inside 44 overs, with Eve Jones (54) top-scoring for Staffs.

Wales / Essex – Veteran Lauren Parfitt carried her bat for 109* as Wales beat Essex by a country mile, with only Beth Langston’s 65 saving Essex from total humiliation as they registered 9 single-figure scores, with Claire Thomas taking 3/22.

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