WOMENS: Under-19's make it two wins out of two20-Feb-2013
The Sussex Women's Under-19's continued their campaign to reach the first Women’s ARCH Final in the UAE yesterday, with their second win against Wales in a day-night match, following up their 96 run win over Lancashire a day previous.
On the hottest day so far in the UAE since arriving, the girls were asked to field in Dubai against Wales. The pitch was ideal for batting but the Sussex bowlers put it in the right areas and the Wales batsmen struggled to score regularly, and Sussex manage to restrict their opponents to 144 for 6 from their 40 overs. Rebecca Silk (2 for 28) was the pick of the bowlers whilst there were also wickets for Samantha Wright, Chiara Green and Jade Elphick.
It was the first time this group of Sussex players have played under floodlights, but openers Georgia Adams and Green adjusted well and continued where they left off the day before in their partnership. They both batted with intelligence and confidence, manipulating the ball and working it into gaps and running well, putting pressure on the field and striking the ball well to the boundary.
They put on 73 before Adams was caught at square leg for 37, but Sophie Parnell joined Green who soon reached her 50 and was seeing Sussex to victory, until she was caught on 57 with only 4 runs required.
Parnell and Carla Rudd lead the team home in the 28th over, with Parnell playing some impressive strokes off her legs and finishing on 31 not out.
Sussex are now top of their league with one game remaining against Scotland on Thursday at the Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi and winning this match will secure their place in the final on Saturday.
Image: The Sussex Women's Under-19's side line up in Dubai