Monday, 28 July 2014

Royal London Cup: Berkshire v Warwickshire

England's Heather Knight scored a century and took five wickets as Berkshire beat Warwickshire by 67 runs at Wokingham Cricket Club.

Berkshire won the toss, and electing to bat looked like a great decision as Knight and Alex Rodgers took them rapidly to 49 before Rodgers was bowled by Georgia Hennessey. Knight looked back to her brilliant best in this match, driving beautifully; but Berkshire otherwise did not have their best day, with nobody else making more than 20, and three batsmen bagging ducks, as Isabelle Watson and Georgia Davies took 3 wickets each.

Knight reached her century; but was then the last man out in just the 43rd over, stumped coming down the wicket as she tried to hit out. (Hitting out really isn't her style and it showed!)

Chasing 199, Warwickshire seemed to be ahead on points after 20 overs, at 53/2 with Berkshire's bowling looking a bit toothless.

But then Knight brought herself on, bowling the most "medium" of medium-pacers off a very short run-up. Even her biggest fan would have to concede that she didn't look particularly threatening... and I do concede it...  but one wicket fell, and then another and another; and before anyone knew it she had a fifer, as Warwickshire collapsed to 123 all out, with Hennessey top-scoring with 48.

1 comment:

  1. Ok Syd, a challenge - now decode the consequences.
    Warks play a vital match without Jones and Grundy. Why ?
    Will Yorkshire actually play their two cancelled matches - one of which should be against Warks.Doubtless Warks will be hoping that Yorks are forced to play both of these cancelled matches because that's the only way Warks can avoid a play-off against Somerset.
    Are Essex relegated or will they get a chance to become the only side this season to deprive Kent of maximum points ?
    In general, will any of the cancelled matches be replayed ?
    Of course, thanks to the completely inadequate communications dept at the ECB, it is not easy to find answers to these important questions. One can hardly expect anyone to get into the women's CC if the coverage supplied by the ECB is so dire.


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