WOMENS: Sussex seek Championship title following T20 defeat12-Sep-2013
The Sussex Women’s Team finished as runners up in the National T20 Finals to close rivals Kent last weekend, and will now be seeking County Championship honours this Sunday.
Drawn against Berkshire in the semi-final on Saturday, with Finals Day held locally at Preston Nomads CC, a rain reduced game of 15 overs saw their opponents bat first and score 58. Sussex took 13 overs to get the runs winning by 5 wickets. In the other semi-final Kent beat Nottinghamshire by 8 runs.
In the final, which was played over the full 20 overs, Sussex won the toss and elected to bat. Despite a good opening stand between Alexia Walker and Georgia Adams, Sussex could only reach 108 in their 20 overs.
Kent made it look easy as they reached the total with over two overs to spare thanks to an excellent partnership between England Captain Charlotte Edwards and fellow England international Tammy Beaumont, with Sussex taking two wickets.
Sussex's day was not helped by the injury to skipper Sarah Taylor who was injured in the semi and was unable to play in the final.
Sussex Coach Charlotte Burton said, “We didn’t perform well in the field in the final, like we did in the semi-finals, and this is what let us down in the end. Kent batted well and we just weren’t able to make a breakthrough. The team is disappointed and we know we can play a lot better than we did. We have to come back fighting this weekend in the County Championship against Yorkshire, which I know the girls will do as they really want to go away being crowned County Champions.”
Sussex face Yorkshire on Sunday in the County Championship final at Campbell Park, Milton Keynes with a 10.30am start. Entry to the ground is FREE
Pictured above is Sussex and England star Arran Brindle in action at Preston Nomads on Saturday