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WOMENS: Rain ruins Bank Holiday double-header


It was a frustrating Bank Holiday weekend for the Sussex Women, with both of their matches in a planned double header being abandoned to the rain.

On Sunday, Sussex travelled to Wokingham, where they were due to play Berkshire only to sit in the sunshine for six hours waiting for the outfield to dry with no luck. So on Monday it was up to Nottingham where the sun was out and play was able to start on time.

Georgia Elwiss took over the captaincy role from Sarah Taylor this weekend who was out injured with a recurring knee injury. Elwiss captained a young side on Monday, with the average of the team being around 19.

Sussex won the toss and elected to field, and Nottinghamshire got off to a good start with the bat, reaching 32 before Izzy Collis, who has just returned back from injury, took an excellent diving catch at mid-wicket off the bowling of Freya Davies (pictured) to claim the first wicket.

A second wicket followed soon after with some outstanding fielding from Paige Scholfield who dived for the ball at point and managed to get it in quickly to the bowler to claim a run out, reducing the hosts to 57 for 2.

This brought England stars Danni Wyatt and Jenny Gunn to the crease and started to build up a partnership and taking on our bowlers with ease. Wyatt soon reached 50 in the 36th over when Nottinghamshire were 140 for 2. The pair timed the ball well and hit through the gaps, keeping the scoreboard ticking over. Wyatt reached an impressive century and Gunn followed with a half century, but with only five overs remaining Paige Scholfield took the wicket of Wyatt and then striking again in the same over getting Smit out LBW.

Noakes stepped in with a wicket at the end and Nottinghamshire finished on 245 for 5. Scholfield ended the innings with figures of 2 for 45 and Izi Noakes 1 for 37.

During tea the weather turned slightly and there was a bit of drizzle, but Elwiss and Adams went out to bat on time and were hitting the ball nicely even with some tight bowling early on from Nottinghamshire. However at 57 without loss from 13 overs the heavens opened and the match was abandoned, resulting in a very frustrating weekend for Sussex.

Sussex are next in action on Sunday 15th June when they travel to Harrogate CC to take on Yorkshire.

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