DEBRIEF: Women’s County Championship Div 2 – Middlesex Pip Berkshire To Win Div 2

Team Played Won Lost N/R Tied Points
Middlesex 7 5 1 0 1 102
Berkshire 7 5 1 1 0 98
Essex 7 5 2 0 0 94
Wales 7 3 3 0 1 78
Devon 6 3 2 1 0 67
Worcestershire 7 2 5 0 0 53
Somerset 6 1 5 0 0 48
Durham 7 1 6 0 0 46

Middlesex completed their comeback from their opening day loss to Essex to claim the Div 2 crown with a 20 run win over Berkshire. Two crucial interventions from Katie Wolfe – a rapid 19 off 18 balls batting at number 11, and a two-in-two with the ball to break the back of Berkshire’s middle-order – took Middlesex to the win they needed to overhaul the girls in green at the top of the table.

Meanwhile Essex confirmed third place with a 55 run win over Worcestershire. Cath Dalton top-scored with 70 as Essex posted 197-8, and despite 48* from captain-keeper-batsman-is-there-anything-she-doesn’t-do Chloe Hill, the Rapids could only reach 138-7 off their rain-reduced 43 overs.

Up in Durham, 3-14 from Martha Bilsland helped Wales bowl out their hosts for 175, which Wales chased-down easily thanks to half-centuries from Rachel Priest (84) and Lauren Parfitt (58) for the loss of only 4 wickets.

Finally, Somerset v Devon was called-off, with both teams promising to replay the match later in the season, though it won’t affect the outcome of the division, with no relegation at stake due to the changes coming in 2020.

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