A quick summary of today’s key events*:
At Andover, Hampshire beat Middlesex by 63 runs to see them crowned winners of the 2018 Women’s County Championship.
Finishing in second place are Yorkshire, who beat Nottinghamshire by 77 runs at Harrogate but could not quite catch Hampshire on bonus points.
At the other end of the Division 1 table Warwickshire avoided relegation at Newton-le-Willows by winning big against Lancashire – by 84 runs.
It was a tight scrap for who would join Somerset in Division 2 next season between Middlesex (who lost to Hampshire) and Nottinghamshire (who lost to Yorkshire) but ultimately Middlesex lost out, relegated by just 0.17 points.
Sussex topped Division 2 with a comprehensive 7-wicket win against Berkshire at North Maidenhead.
Surrey will join them in Division 1 next season, finishing second in Div 2 thanks to an unbeaten hundred and 5 wickets from Bryony Smith, as they beat Essex by 8 wickets at Reeds School.
With Derbyshire and Northamptonshire already relegated, the real question was which of Berkshire and Essex would land up in the play-off with one of the top Division 3 sides. Essex’s inability to see off the Surrey batsmen ultimately cost them big as they failed to secure enough bonus points, and will therefore face off against Suffolk in the play-off on Monday 27th August.
Full results and round-ups to follow.
*NB: This information is based on tweets from individual counties, rather than official scorecards, and may not be wholly accurate.