SUNRISERS COUNTY WATCH | 2 MAY
The final round of Women’s County T20 Competition group stage fixtures took place on Bank Holiday Monday, 2 May, with Sunrisers players featuring for their county sides once more.
The fixtures next weekend (Sunday 8 May) is a knockout round in each group which will determine the final league position. You can see every scorecard from the competition here. This is how the Sunrisers players got on:
Middlesex v Hertfordshire
Issy Routledge, Naomi Dattani, Gaya Gole, Kate Coppack, and Riva Pindoria all lined up for Middlesex on Monday, as they faced a Hertfordshire side including Academy players Elsa Barnfather and Charley Phillips.
Middlesex batted first in the opening game, with Dattani finishing unbeaten on 54* from 43 balls. Routledge hit 32 as Middlesex posted 151/2. Phillips opened the bowling, going for 20 runs from her three overs. In reply, Hertfordshire reached 96/8 from their 20 overs, meaning Middlesex came out on top by 55 runs. Coppack bowled four overs, conceding 15 runs.
Hertfordshire batted first in the afternoon fixture. Barnfather scored 5 and Phillips 1 as they scored 86/8. Pindoria finished with figures of 2 wickets for 18 from four overs, and Coppack took 2 for 17 from three overs, whilst Dattani took two catches. In reply, Phillips bowled 3 overs for 16 runs for Hertfordshire, whilst Routledge scored 16 runs as Middlesex won by 9 wickets. Middlesex finish top of Group 7, with Hertfordshire coming second.
Norfolk v Cambridgeshire
Jazz Westley and Izzy James featured for Cambridgeshire as they travelled to Norfolk. Westley opened the batting before being run out for 20, with James scoring 5. They both then bowled four overs each, with Westley taking one wicket for 18 runs and James taking 2 wickets for just 14 as they triumphed by 12 runs.
In the second match where Cambridgeshire bowled first, both Westley and James took two wickets each to complete a good day with the ball. Westley bowled four overs, taking two wickets for 13 and James took 2 for 17 in her four overs. Westley was out for 10 in reply, but Cambridgeshire reached their target of 112 in good time to complete an 8 wicket victory and take third place in Group 4.
Northamptonshire v Leicestershire
Flo Miller and Jodi Grewcock were part of a Northamptonshire side that hosted Leicestershire on Monday. In the first match, Grewcock hit an entertaining 65 from 51 balls, including 10 fours, whilst Miller supported well with 23. Grewcock then took two catches, and Miller got a run-out, as Northamptonshire came out on top by 65 runs.
Grewcock took another catch in the second game as Leicestershire posted 84/7 from their 20 overs, before top-scoring again – this time with a run-a-ball 29. Miller scored 5 runs as Northamptonshire won by 4 wickets and finished top of Group 5.
Suffolk v Essex
Scarlett Hughes, Kelly Castle, and Esmae MacGregor played for Essex this weekend in their trip to Suffolk. Bowling first, MacGregor took one wicket for 23 runs, as well as claiming a catch, Castle took two catches, and Hughes a stumping, as Essex bowled their opponents out for 113. Hughes then hit 13 before being caught and bowled, and Castle hit an unbeaten 16* to complete a 7 wicket victory.
Kelly Castle starred in the second fixture, hitting a superb 75 from 48 balls as Essex posted 171/3 from their 20 overs. The innings included 14 fours and a six. Hughes scored 39 from 29 balls at the top of the order. In the field, Castle took another catch and a run-out, with Hughes making another stumping, as Essex won by 44 runs to claim first place in Group 4.
Staffordshire v Berkshire
Mia Rogers kept wicket for Berkshire once again, as they faced Staffordshire to determine who would finish second in their group. Rogers scored a run a ball 13 in the first match, but Berkshire were unable to chase down their 170 target, losing by 49 runs.
The second fixture was reduced to 10 overs per side, with Rogers hitting 10 before being bowled. She then took two catches behind the stumps in a 33 run victory for her side, who finish in third place in Group 2.
Sussex v Kent
Grace Scrivens captained Kent as they travelled down to Brighton to face Sussex. In the first match, she top-scored with 30 as Kent posted 90/7 from their 20 overs. Sussex proved too strong for their opposition, as they comfortably chased the total to win by 8 wickets.
Kent batted first again in the second match, when Scrivens scored a superb 88 from 62 deliveries – including 11 fours and a six – before being stumped in the final over. Scrivens bowled 3 overs for 25 runs in the Sussex reply. Unfortunately, 145/7 was not enough for Kent as their hosts completed a 7 wicket victory with an over to spare, as Kent finished second in a strong Group 6.
Huntingdonshire v Buckinghamshire
Huntingdonshire hosted Buckinghamshire in the Women’s County T20 Group 7. Buckinghamshire won the first fixture by 79 runs, before Huntingdonshire prevailed in the afternoon contest, winning by 12 runs.