A drier weekend meant that a lot more cricket was played, with 19 of our senior Sunrisers and Academy players in action. Here’s how they got on.
Middlesex hosted Sussex in their penultimate round on the T20 championship, Sunrisers Naomi Dattani, Gayatri Gole, Sonali Patel, Emily Thorpe and Katie Wolfe all in the side.
Dattani got the hosts off to a great start, scoring 35 in her the first match before being dismissed. A tough wicket to score on left Sussex requiring 91 to win. Despite Wolfe taking a catch and some tidy bowling, Sussex reached their target in the 19th over.
Middlesex batted first again in the second match, and again set a total of 90 for Sussex to chase down. A disciplined bowling and fielding display, with Wolfe ending with figures of 7/2 off her 4 overs, Dattani with a wicket and 2 catches, Thorpe with a wicket and 1 catch, Gole ending with an economy rate of 2.00 from her 3 (including a maiden over) and Patel also taking a catch, saw Sussex fall short; Middlesex winning the second match by 16 runs.
Essex v Kent
The double header at Chelmsford saw Sunrisers on both sides, the Essex squad featuring senior Sunrisers Kelly Castle and Katie Midwood and Academy players Hayley Brown, Scarlett Hughes, Esmae MacGregor, Jess Olorenshaw, Katherine Speed and Jasmine Westley. The Kent squad containing senior Sunrisers player Grace Scrivens.
Essex batted first in the opening match, Midwood and Brown (Acad) both top scoring with 16, but Kent restricted them to 74 all out, Scrivens with one of the wickets and a catch to her name. Essex battled hard to defend the total, Midwood taking 2 wickets, Hughes (Acad) with a stumping and MacGregor taking a run out, but Kent chased down the target in the 14th over, Scrivens finishing on 23*.
In the second match, Kent batted first. On a good pitch, the Essex bowlers worked hard to limit the runs, Castle taking a wicket and both MacGregor (Acad) and Speed (Acad) with a wicket and a catch each, but Scrivens 39 helped Kent to a total of 140 in their 20 overs. Speed’s (Acad) score of 20 and Brown (Acad) again in double figures was not enough help Essex over the line, Scrivens with another wicket meaning Essex fell 32 runs short after their 20 overs.
Sunrisers Jo Gardner was in action for Warwickshire as they hosted Worcestershire.
The opening match saw Warwickshire put into bat and set Worcestershire a total of 155. A good effort in the field saw Worcestershire fall short and Warwickshire won by 26 runs.
In the second match, Warwickshire again set a massive total of 181 for Worcestershire to reach. A fantastic display of bowling, with Gardner taking one of the wickets, saw Worcestershire all out for 68, Warwickshire winning by 113 runs.
Berkshire travelled to Taunton Vale to take on Somerset, with a squad featuring Sunrisers Mia Rogers.
The first match saw Somerset put into bat. Rogers with another stumping to her tally leaving Berkshire with a total of 126 to chase down. Somerset bowled superbly, dismissing Berkshire for 54 all out and winning by 72 runs.
The second match again highlighted Somerset’s bowling as Berkshire were 65 all out. Somerset subsequently reaching their target in 7 overs, winning by 10 wickets.
Cambridgeshire travelled to Norfolk, with Sunrisers Academy player Isabelle Routledge captaining the side.
In the first match, Norfolk won the toss and elected to field. Cambridgeshire posting 81 from their 20 overs. In their fielding effort, Routledge (Acad) took a wicket helping Cambridgeshire restrict the home team to 69 and winning by 12 runs.
The second match saw Norfolk elect to field again. Routledge (Acad) opening the batting and scoring 28 runs, to help her side to a total of 105. Routledge (Acad) took another wicket in the second match, and Norfolk again fell short by 11 runs, reaching 94 in their 20 overs.
Sunrisers Academy player Jodi Grewcock was in action for Northamptonshire in their double header vs Derbyshire.
Grewcock (Acad) scoring 11 in the first match to help her team set a total of 98 in their 20 overs. In reply, Derbyshire fell just short, Grewcock (Acad) taking a catch to help restrict the visitors to 95.
In the second match, Northamptonshire elected to field and Derbyshire set them a target of 88 to win. Grewcock (Acad) again scored 11 in pursuit of this, but Derbyshire took all 10 wickets for a score of 63 to win by 24 runs.
Hertfordshire played away to Suffolk, with Sunrisers Academy player Elsa Barnfather in the side.
The first match saw Hertfordshire put into bat, where they put 128 on the board. Suffolk could not reach the target, making 85 in their 20 and Hertfordshire winning by 43 runs.
The next match had Herfordshire batting first again, where they set 125 runs for Suffolk to reach for the win. Suffolk again couldn’t quite reach the total and Hertfordshire won by 18 runs.
A great weekend of cricket. Well done to all our Sunrisers around the county! #Riseup