In a season which went down to the last day, Yorkshire emerged triumphant – adding the Women’s County Championship to the men’s title which they retained last week, to leave their fans seeing double in the trophy cabinet.
With top-of-the-table Kent sitting out of the final round of the 9-team championship, Yorkshire knew exactly what they had to do going into the day: beat local rivals Lancashire, taking least 7 of the 8 available bonus points.
Although they were already relegated, having lost every game so far, this was still a match Lancashire desperately wanted to win.
After winning the toss, Lancashire elected to bat, but with Katherine Brunt opening the bowling alongside leg-spinner Katie Levick it was a decision they were soon regretting as they collapsed to 11/5. A recovery of sorts followed as Lancashire limped to a final total of 113 all out, with Levick the star of the show, taking 6 wickets for 25 runs.
This left the Yorkies with a whopping 38 overs to make just 114 to bag the bonus points they required to overhaul Kent and snatch the silverware. In the end it was all too easy, as captain Lauren Winfield (65*) led the way with the bat, making her 3rd 50 of the campaign, leaving her averaging over 250 in championship cricket this season, and taking Yorkshire to their second men’s/ women’s double, having previously achieved the feat in 2001.
Meanwhile, Dani Wyatt hit 76 as Notts romped to victory over Surrey; but wasn’t quite enough to save the Outlaws’ season – after a string of mid-season defeats left them struggling, they will be joining Lancashire in Division 2 next season.