DEBRIEF: T20 Cup – The Last Shall Be First!

Div 1 Played Won Lost N/R Points
Warwickshire 2 2 0 0 8
Hampshire 2 2 0 0 8
Lancashire 2 1 0 1 5
Middlesex 2 1 1 0 4
Kent 2 1 1 0 4
Surrey 2 1 1 0 4
Nottinghamshire 2 0 1 1 1
Sussex 2 0 2 0 0
Wales 2 0 2 0 0

They might have finished the County Championship bottom of Division 1, but Warwickshire (AKA Birmingham Bears) have made a cracking start to the T20 season – going top with wins over Surrey and Wales at their home Edgbaston Foundation Ground – skipper Marie Kelly hitting 68* off 43 balls to overhaul 133 against Surrey; and Bethan Ellis taking 4-21 to bowl out Wales for 116 as they chased the Bears’ 133-9.

Hampshire also got a pair of wins on the board – Fi Morris top-scoring with 33 and then taking 3-9 to defeat Sussex; while Maia Bouchier also top-scored with 33 to win a rain-reduced 9-over slogathon versus defending champions Middlesex; Middlesex having earlier picked up a win against Sussex, thanks to a half-century from Cordelia Griffith.

Lancashire made a good start to the season – beating county champs Kent in a low-scoring encounter, with Eve Jones hitting 37, after Laura Jackson had ripped through Kent’s top order taking 3-9 opening the bowling; but Lancashire were then robbed twice of the chance to build on their win – first by the weather, which saw their game against Notts abandoned, and then by the points system which gives them only a single point for their troubles, despite it being 4 points for a win.

Meanwhile in Div 2, Scotland made the early running with wins over Derbyshire and Cheshire, as opening bat Sarah Bryce, back in tartan after spending the 50-over season with Notts, followed up a match-winning 47 against Derbyshire, with a 64-ball century to defeat Cheshire.

One thought on “DEBRIEF: T20 Cup – The Last Shall Be First!

  1. Good to see a close start between most teams in the T20 Championship this year, looks like dog eat dog so far. On a confused note caused by the dreadful onset of The 100 (exasperated yawn), will England Women continue to play 20 and 50 over cricket internationally? Or will they become embroiled in international 100 matches, which I think no other country plays? If we do not have any 20 or 50 over format cricket for those outside the golden few how will that affect the standards for the future, aspiring international players?
    I am now even more confused, can anyone help?


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