T20 CUP: Yorkshire v Nottinghamshire – Notts Feel Long Armitage Of The Law

Katya Witney at Moorlands

Yorkshire comfortably beat Notts by seven runs at Moorlands CC to give each team one win from two in the second round of the Vitality County T20.

Fresh from a five wicket win over Northeast Warriors on the neighbouring pitch, Nottinghamshire elected to bat first with Teresa Graves and Sophie Munro opening up proceedings.

Graves fell off the third ball of the match, getting a thin outside edge off Langston’s bowling through to the keeper.

Yorkshire kept the bowling tight early on, learning from their mistakes bowling first in the previous fixture. The pressure paid off in the fourth over as Munro was dismissed by Slater leaving Notts in trouble at 12 for 2.

After the fifth over, Notts were able to find more scoring opportunities with Higham and Yvonne Graves finding the boundary rope more easily.

Higham’s cameo came to a premature end however, after she danced down the pitch to Marlow, missed the ball and was clean bowled for 25 off 17, leaving Notts 59 for 3 at the half-way stage.

Graves followed Higham back to the pavilion an over later, top edging a short ball high into the air off Hall to give Langston a simple catch.

The wickets were fairly processional for Notts after Higham fell. Knowling-Davies was out trying to break the deadlock, swiping across the line to a delivery from Hall leaving them 86 for 5 going into the final five.

Kite was out caught on the boundary off Marlow halfway through the 16th over followed by Porter in the 18th, who was run-out thanks to a good throw to the keeper from Armitage.

Owen brought up the hundred for Notts in the penultimate over before being caught by Armitage and Notts finished their innings on 114 for 8 after Slater was caught off the final delivery of the innings.

Hall was the standout bowler for Yorkshire taking 3 for 9 off her three overs, finding control and forcing errors from the Notts batsmen with her tight lines, keeping Notts to a total which felt slightly short on such a flat wicket.

Armitage and Marlow came out to open for Yorkshire and got off to a quick start. Yvonne Graves over-pitched to give Armitage the opportunity to score consecutive boundaries in her second over. By the end of the fourth the white roses were 29 for 0.

Teresa Graves pegged the batters’ advances back however, conceding just a single from her first over and in the following over Kite bowled Emma Marlow to bring Notts back into the game with Yorkshire 36 for 1 off six.

Higham and Graves continued to restrict the batters but still found ways of keeping the scoreboard ticking over. By the end of the tenth over, Yorkshire were 53 for one needing 62 to win.

Glen fell from the final ball of the tenth over from a top edge high in the air but Armitage remained cool and collected, continuing to knock the ball around and pick off the boundaries.

She brought up her fifty in the 14th over, scoring at over a run a ball before she was out just a couple of deliveries later. However, by that point the equation was simple with the required run rate at just over four an over and plenty of wickets in hand.

Yorkshire wrapped the game up with three overs to spare, Langston with a beautiful cover drive to bring up the winning runs.

A comfortable win in the end leaves Yorkshire second in the table, quite some distance from top placed Lancashire, with Notts down in fifth.

Follow @KatyaWitney on Twitter