In the Women’s County Championship, Hampshire stay top of Div 1 after an incredible match against Somerset, which saw Somerset bowled out for 64, with Katie George and Fi Morris taking 4 wickets apiece, only for Somerset… or more accurately Anya Shrubsole… to roar back. Shrubsole tore through the Hampshire top order, taking 5-15 to leave them reeling at 17-5, before Suzie Bates and Charlotte Edwards came to the crease and proceeded to calmly knock off the remaining runs for Hampshire’s 3rd straight win of the season.
Hampshire are now the only unbeaten team in the top flight, after Kent went down to Middlesex at Mill Hill. Tash Miles top scored with 48, and Maia Bouchier made a valuable run-a-ball 38 at the end, as Middlesex posted 203-5 off their 50 overs. In reply, Kent, who were without Tammy Beaumont, were bowled out for 155, with Sophia Dunkley taking 4-23.
Yorkshire picked up their second win of the season versus Warwickshire – Lauren Winfield making 69 and Hollie Armitage 44 as they posted 198, with Georgia Davis taking a 4-fer for the Bears. Warwickshire chased hard, led by Amy Jones’ 68 off 58 balls, but were bowled out 13 short in the 49th over – Leigh Kasperek and Katherine Brunt taking 3 wickets each.
Lancashire also got a second notch in the bedpost of their season, as they beat Notts by 5 wickets at Welbeck CC. Georgie Boyce top-scored for Notts with 50 as they posted 152-8. In reply, Emma Lamb and Eve Jones put on 100 for the first wicket, and although Lancashire then wobbled and lost 5 quick wickets, they still managed to get over the line with overs aplenty to spare.
Next weekend sees things really hot up, as Hampshire take on Kent at Andover, whilst Lancashire and Yorkshire do battle in Rochdale. Another win for Hampshire would put them in a very strong position, though they still have to play both Lancashire and Yorkshire so it won’t be plain sailing even if they do beat Kent!
Meanwhile at the other end of the table, Middlesex take on Somerset and Warwickshire look to rebuild their season against Notts in Nottingham.
Is it true next week has been chosen to play an England “practice” match? If so will that rob counties of their England players? I hope not, as the season in both divisions has started well, could be some exciting position switching for all sides.
Yes – most England players will not be available next weekend.
Thanks Syd, but what a great shame. What will a practice game do that a REAL county match would not? I appreciate the team bonding etc, but they only returned from India a few weeks ago! In the two weekends so far it has been good viewing watching the England players passing on knowledge, expertise and skills to the younger team/squad members. This applied to Lancashire, Yorkshire and Kent amongst others. The Hampshire youngsters gaining the same from Suzie Bates and Charlotte Edwards, both of whom I expect will be with their county next week.