SUNRISERS COUNTY WATCH | 8 MAY
There was a full round of County fixtures played yesterday, on Bank Holiday Monday, with counties competing in the ECB Women’s County Championship T20.
Many familiar faces were on show across the groups, with players from Sunrisers First Team, Academy, and EPP programmes featuring for their counties.
You can find all the scorecards here.
Berkshire v Hampshire
Sunrisers First Team player Mia Rogers featured for Berkshire at the Binfield CC on Monday. She hit 38 in the Berkshire reply, with Berks reaching 86/6 from their twenty overs, after Hants posted 148/4 and ran out comfortable winners by 62 runs. Hampshire then batted first again, posting 93/8, before 51* from Rogers at the top of the order guided the hosts to a five wicket win.
Buckinghamshire v Sussex
Sunrisers Academy spinner Hannah Davis was in action for her county Buckinghamshire, who hosted Sussex at Dinton CC. Davis hit 8* in Bucks’ 95/8, and then took the wicket of Faltum, as Sussex completed an eight wicket win. She then finished wicketless as Sussex ran out five wicket winners in the second game, chasing their target of 90 with two overs to spare.
Cambridgeshire v Lincolnshire
Sunrisers Academy’s May Busher, and EPP trio Siri Gorantla, Olivia Welham, and Madeline Welham, all featured for Cambridgeshire in their home game against Lincolnshire at March Town CC.
The first game was a thriller, with Lincolnshire batting first and posting 78/6 from their 20 overs. In reply, Cambridgeshire fought hard, Gorantla top scoring with 27, but could only manage to score 77/6, losing by one run. In the second game they posted 121/5, thanks to 35 from Gorantla and 35* from Kelly Haynes. With the ball, they then restricted their opponents to 81/6, sharing wickets across the bowling attack, to win by 40 runs.
Essex v Northamptonshire
Essex hosted Northamptonshire with a host of Sunrisers players on show. Kelly Castle, Scarlett Hughes, and Katherine Speed all featured for Essex, alongside the EPP’s Bella Johnson, Prisha Bedi, and Sally Chapman, as well as Sunrisers Academy’s Esmae MacGregor. They faced a Northants side with First Team trio Jo Gardner, Jodi Grewcock, and Flo Miller.
The visitors posted 68/9 from their twenty overs, as the Essex bowlers put in a tidy performance and shared wickets around. Poole, Chapman and MacGregor took two each, and Callaghan, Bedi and Speed claimed one wicket apiece. The reply lasted a ball into the seventeenth over, when the Essex batters knocked off the winning runs to win by five wickets. There was a wicket for Gardner as well as 3 for 7 from Josie Groves.
Essex batted first in the second game, and Speed top scored with 20 on their way to 83/9 – Grewcock and Gardner claimed a run out each. Grewcock then hit 44* to guide her side to a seven wicket victory, but not before Hughes had caught Miller (17) and Castle bowled Gardner (6).
Hertfordshire v Suffolk
Hertfordshire and Suffolk faced each other at Harlow CC, with another host of Sunrisers players featuring. The Academy’s Maddie Reynolds, and Sophie Singer and Petra Tweedy on the EPP, played for Suffolk, against Elsa Barnfather, Mabel Reid, and Charley Phillips.
Tweedy (44*) guided Suffolk towards a score of 97/6 from their twenty overs, which proved to be just short as their opponents reached it with nine balls to spare for a two wicket victory. In the second game, Herts posted 117/6, thanks to 43 from Gemma Marriott. Imogen Sidhu finished with 4 wickets for 12 runs. In reply, Suffolk came up short on 101/9 – Rebecca Tyson taking 4 for 18.
Kent v Oxfordshire
Grace Scrivens played for Kent as they hosted Oxfordshire in Canterbury. In their first game, Scrivens hit 30 as her team posted 142/2, and finished on the winning team as Oxfordshire could only manage to hit 71/9 in reply. She did not play in their second match.
Middlesex v Surrey
Middlesex hosted Surrey at Hornsey CC, with Saskia Horley, Kate Coppack, and Amara Carr all involved, alongside the Academy’s Riva Pindoria and Anisha Dissanayake. Horley hit 43* in the first game, guiding her team to 128/5. Coppack and Pindoria then took three wickets each in the Surrey reply, who could only reach 78/9 to lose by 50 runs.
Horley then top scored again with 36*, as Middlesex posted 85/8 in the second match. In the reply, Dissanayake took 3 for 12, as the pick of the bowlers alongside Dattani (3 for 9), with Surrey finishing on 84/8 and Middlesex winning by one run.