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WOMENS: T20 champions Sussex finish third in Championship


Sussex Women celebrate their T20 victory at Horsham yesterday (Photo: Don Miles)

The season didn’t finish quite as planned for the Sussex Women yesterday in the Royal London One-Day Championship, as they finished third in the final table.

To be in with a chance of winning the Championship, Sussex had to win the game with maximum points but also hope that Yorkshire, who were playing Lancashire, didn’t get more than 16 points.

Sussex faced Berkshire in the final game at Horsham Cricket Club, and with overcast conditions elected to field first. But England's Heather Knight put in an outstanding performance with the bat scoring an unbeaten 162, with Berkshire posting 265 for 9.

After claiming maximum bowling points Sussex now needed maximum batting points. However it wasn’t to be, as Sussex were bowled out 72 runs short of the target, as Holly Colvin top-scored with 39. News filtered through that Yorkshire had won against Lancashire with maximum points, which meant Sussex finish third in the table.

However it wasn’t all doom and gloom, with Sussex taking opportunity to celebrate the season as they were presented with the NatWest T20 trophy and medals by Head of Cricket Development for Sussex Cricket  Tim Shutt, which they won back in August.

It was the first time the Sussex Women had chance to celebrate their achievement as a team, so the chance to receive the trophy together at the end of the season made it very special.

Sussex Women’s Coach Charlotte Burton said, “We had to put everything into yesterday’s game but it just didn’t go to plan, we weren’t at our best with the ball and we were stopped in our tracks by a great innings by Heather Knight.

"However I am still very proud of the girls and how far they have come this season. To be crowned NatWest T20 Champions and finish third in the Royal London One-Day Championship is still a great achievement.

"We have come together more as a team this year and this has shown in our cricket and the enjoyment the players have had playing this year and the individual performances from every single player. Yes we would have liked to have won the double, but we are already planning on how we can come back and make this happen next year.”

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