WOMENS: Sussex Women reach T20 Finals Day29-Jul-2013
Sussex Women have won the South Divison One Twenty20 competition at Wellington College, Berkshire, and now go through to the National Finals in September where they will be looking to retain the trophy they won last year. This adds to their County Championship Final, also to be played in September.
The format of the South competition entailed Sussex, together with Kent, Essex and Middlesex playing each other once over two days with the top two playing in a final. In the first game, Sussex beat Essex by 74 runs. Batting first Sussex scored 166 for 1 with Georgia Elwiss scoring 55, Georgia Adams 54 not out and Captain Sarah Taylor 42 not out. In reply Essex scored 92 for 9.
Sussex then beat Middlesex by 7 wickets with 5 over to spare. Middlesex 100 for 8 and in reply Sussex 101 for 3.
On Day 2, Sussex lost to Kent by 7 wickets. Batting first Sussex scored 113 for 6 and in reply Kent scored 115 for 3 with 3 overs to spare.
With Kent losing to Middlesex and Essex losing all three games Sussex, Kent and Middlesex were all tied on 8 points so it went down to run rate which meant Sussex were top and Kent second.
In the final, Sussex lost the toss and Kent were put in to bat. Thanks to an excellent 50 from Alexia Walker, Sussex reached 114 for 6. Kent lost early wickets but a good partnership between England players Lydia Greenaway and Tammy Beaumont, who was eventually out for 50, left Kent needing just 4 runs off the last over.
The last over was bowled by 17 year old Freya Davies. The first ball was a leg bye, the second ball was struck very hard off the middle of the bat straight back to the bowler who took a magnificent catch. The third ball to the incoming bat went for a single leaving Lydia Greenaway on strike. She hit a high leg side pull to the boundary only to find the safe hands of Georgia Elwiss. The incoming bat played and missed the two remaining balls ensuring this was an over to remember with Sussex winning by 2 runs and progressing to the finals.
Sarah Taylor (Captain), Arran Brindle (Vice-Captain), Georgia Adams, Holly Colvin, Freya Davis, Georgia Elwiss, Chiara Green, Izi Noakes, Hannah Phelps, Paige Schofield, Rebecca Silk, Alexia Walker.
Terry Burton, Sussex Women’s Cricket Manager, said: "This was a magnificent effort by all the squad over the two days in extreme heat. The squad was extremely well led by Captain Sarah Taylor but everyone without exception performed to their maximum and each played their part in ensuring we reached the final for which Sussex can be proud. "There is not only the Twenty20 final to look forward to but also the County Championship final against Yorkshire in September.”