Monday, 15 July 2013

Women's County Chanpionship: Berkshire v Nottinghamshire

Heather Knight starred again as Berkshire beat Nottinghamshire in the final game of the championship season.

As a cricketing spectacle, this was very much a game of two halves. Notts batted first, clocking up 215 against some shockingly poor bowling, as Berkshire sent down slow full toss after slow full toss, with a goodly sprinkling of no-balls and wides. Only Heather Knight looked like she belonged in a first division bowling attack; and the fact that Notts didn't score a lot more I can only attribute to shock at just how bad Berks were.

The second half, however, was a different game. With Sonia Odedra opening the bowling as dangerously as anyone I've seen this season, Notts were professional in the field; and looked to be nailed-on for a big win.

But with Heather Knight hanging in there, you never know! The runs kept coming, but the wickets didn't. Danni Wyatt, suffering from a stomach upset, was understandably out-of-sorts; and with Heather Knight on 80-odd, Berkshire must have been thinking maybe... just maybe!

A potential turning-point occurred when Odedra had Knight caught at  square leg, only for it to be called a no-ball. It looked like a huge let-off; but a fired-up Odedra then cleaned-up Knight's middle stump with the next delivery; and the game was Notts' to lose.

But lose they did, as with wickets in hand, Berkshire were free to begin hitting-out, eventually stealing past the target in the final over, with the assistance of a "five-no-balls" from Jenny Gunn.

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