The opening weekend of the Women’s County Championship saw Hampshire and Kent make the early running with two wins apiece.
Suzie Bates was the difference for Hampshire, hitting 50 versus Notts on Sunday and then 148 off 146 balls against Warwickshire on Monday; whist for Kent Tammy Beaumont was the star turn, making 63* and 70* as they swept aside first last year’s runners-up Yorkshire, and then champions Lancashire.
After their opening-day defeat to Hampshire, Nottinghamshire bounced back to beat Somerset – a half-century from Yvonne Graves helping them to a total of 193, before Scottish spinner Kirstie Gordon took 5-26 as Somerset were bowled out for 81.
Somerset and Warwickshire both finished the weekend winless, but were involved in a rare tie at Nailsea Cricket Club on Sunday, as the two managed to both bowl each other out for 124.
At the bottom end of the table, Lancashire and Yorkshire both travelled south, where their away defeats to Kent were cancelled-out by wins against Middlesex. Middlesex-Lancashire wasn’t even close – a 10-wicket win for the champions, after bowling out their hosts for 120.
Middlesex then produced a slightly more encouraging performance against Yorkshire, thanks to 67* from Sophia Dunkley, who must be making a strong case for England selection in the T20 Tri-Series this summer; but with Lauren Winfield, finding some form again after a difficult winter, and Hollie Armitage both making 50s at the top of the Yorkshire order, Yorkshire cruised to victory in the end at Teddington.
And finally… Middlesex’s young wicket-keeper Iqraa Hussain can take some consolation that she was at least involved in a moment of history as she was bowled by Katie Levick on Monday – that wicket means that Levick now stands alone as the leading wicket-taker of all time in women’s county cricket, with 153 wickets.