The sun might have been shining in Wokingham for Berkshire's first game of the weekend; but a severe wind-chill factor made for an uncomfortable afternoon for the home team in more ways than one.
Both sides would have gone into this fixture hoping for a win; and with Essex batting, it was Berkshire who made the better start, with the Eagles pegged back initially to under two-an-over.
The turning point was an agricultural, but mightily useful, half-century from Lauren Onojaife which took Essex to a final total of 175.
Berkshire started briskly in reply, but after Heather Knight got marooned in the mid-20s, the runs dried-up for a period; and then the wickets began to fall. The game finished with Berkshire all-out, some thirty-odd runs short of their target.