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WOMENS: Sussex see off Surrey in first Championship match


The Sussex Women put in an emphatic performance on Sunday at the Kia Oval against Surrey to seal a win in their first County Championship match of the season.

Having won the toss, Sussex elected to bat and openers Georgia Adams and Caroline Atkins started strongly, taking on the bowlers from ball one. With the outfield like lighting, Adams and Atkins worked the ball into the gaps and hit boundaries regularly to put on a partnership of 68 before Atkins was caught for 32.

Sarah Taylor came to the crease, scoring freely and quickly. After putting on 40 for the second wicket, Adams was run out with a direct hit from mid off for 45. Arran Brindle and Taylor opened up more and attacked the Surrey bowlers with some clever batting, which resulted in them taking the batting powerplay early. Brindle was caught at square leg in the power play for 40 off 28 balls.

Holly Colvin joined Taylor in the middle and both built a strong partnership, playing some intelligent shots around the ground and manipulating the field, which resulted in Taylor reaching 50. She continued to be strong and after facing just 83 balls Sarah reached her first senior hundred for Sussex.

Colvin soon followed Taylor with 50 off 48 balls, but with two balls remaining Taylor was caught for 110. Colvin and Taylor put on 133 together, with Colvin finishing on 58 and Sussex had put on an impressive total of 322 on the board.

Sussex started well with the ball, with Alexia Walker taking a wicket in the 5th ball of the first over, bowling Holly Knight for a duck. Surrey opener Ebony-Jewel Rainford-Brent was scoring at a quick rate; hitting boundaries at regular stages, until Izi Noakes came into the attack and snared her for 37 off 39 balls.

Sussex kept the field tight which built the pressure and wickets falling at regular times, with Colvin, Georgia Elwiss and Brindle doing the main damage with the ball. The visitors managed to keep Surrey down to 180 for 8 in their 50 overs and winning their first County Championship match of the season by 142 runs. Sussex Women’s Coach, Charlotte Burton said, “It was the perfect start to the season, everyone performed with both bat and ball and it was pleasing to see all our top order getting runs on the board in the first match.

"Sarah’s hundred was one of the best I have seen her get; she played with complete ease and flare. We now need to keep the momentum of Sunday’s game and take it with us to Yorkshire.”

The Women’s next match is on Bank Holiday Monday, away to Yorkshire at Harrogate

Image: Sarah Taylor on her way to a century against Surrey on Sunday (Don Miles)

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