WOMENS: Young side record fine victory at Yorkshire17-Jun-2014
The Sussex Women were victorious in their latest Royal London County One-Day Cup match at the weekend when they defeated Yorkshire at Harrogate by six wickets, as Georgia Adams scored her maiden senior century.
With many of their big names missing, it allowed Sussex to show what talent there is in the county by fielding 10 players under the age of 20. It was also a debut as captain for all-rounder Adams (pictured) who took over the role from Sarah Taylor for the day.
Sussex won the toss and elected to field first and with Izi Noakes opening the bowling the side couldn’t have started off any better, reducing the hosts to 63 for 4, Noakes taking two of the wickets with Chiara Green and 16 year-old Ellen Burt claiming a scalp each.
Thanks to Kathryn Doherty who reached 50, Yorkshire recovered to 147 for 4 off 33 overs but wickets from spinner Rebecca Silk, and skipper Georgia Adams who brought herself into the attack pegged back the hosts.
Noakes came back into the attack and finished the innings off and end with four wickets, as Yorkshire were bowled out for 200.
In reply, it was Adams who led from the front, bringing up her fifty in the 26th over following some impressive timing of the ball as her innings wore on.
Sussex though had lost the wickets of fellow opener Izzy Collis, Paige Scholfield and Green, leaving them on on 147 for 3. Adams was joined at the crease on 87 the experienced Alexia Walkerand she completed her captain's innings, bringing up her maiden senior century to put the side in a fantastic position for another victory.
The pair kept pushing on and continued to put more pressure on the Yorkshire field, even running a five, a four and a two in one over. Unfortunately the skipper couldn’t see it through as she was caught at mid-off for a fine 106, but Sussex successfully managed to score the remaining 24 runs required from the final 12 overs of the day.
Sussex Womens' Coach Charlotte Burton said “This was one of our best victories for a while, mainly because we showed what talented players we have in Sussex.
"This was one of the youngest sides we have ever put out, we had a new captain for the match, we were missing all of our International players and we were tested, but that did not phase us, because everyone in our squad can be a match winner and this showed in this game.
"It was a great captain’s innings by Georgia Adams who showed real character, and she had great support from Izzy Collis at the start and Alexia Walker at the end. It was also good to see Izi Noakes pick up four wickets and Rebecca Silk coming back from Australia and showing how much she has developed out there with the ball. All in all it was another good team performance.”
The Sussex Women are next in action this coming Sunday 22nd June, in a top of the table clash against Kent, which takes place at Arundel Castle from 11.00am. Entrance is of course FREE