Essex 80 all out (Lydia Harris 4/14, Aylish Cranstone 3/7) v Devon 81/0 (Amara Carr 37, Aylish Cranstone 28)
Devon won by 10 wickets
MCC 287/1 (Georgia Hennessey 108no, Lily Reynolds 98no) v Durham 63 all out (Hollie Armitage 6/19)
MCC won by 224 runs
Sussex won by 8 wickets
Essex, who had won against Durham last night, were soundly beaten by Devon. Devon’s bowlers and fielders were excellent from the start and soon had the prized wicket of Essex’s Bryony Butcher early on. Regular wickets fell with Essex all out for just 80 after 31 overs. Devon made light work of it overhauling Essex’s total without a loss of any wickets – winning the game by 10 wickets in the 14th over.
Wales, who had beaten Scotland in Abu Dhabi yesterday, were up against Sussex at the Dubai Academic City Fairs Ground in a day/night encounter. Wales decided to bat on a belter of a pitch putting the
Sussex fielders to a stern test in very trying conditions. Nevertheless, Wales could never quite score freely and lost wickets at vital stages when trying to press and put the Sussex bowlers under more pressure. Gwenan Davies batted with care and purpose – scoring 58 off 63 balls and was a fine knock given the scoreboard pressure with the middle to lower order batters.
Sussex started well with Chiara Green (57) and Georgia Adams (37) providing a good base for the chasing team to overcome the Wales score. Supported by Sophie Parnell (31) Sussex reached its target in the 29th
MCC u19s batted first on the new Zayed Nursery ground v Durham CB u19s. On a good surface and fast outfield opener Marie Kelly (48), Lily Reynolds (98*) and Georgia Hennessy (108*) batted well to score an
imposing 287 for 1 in 40 overs. The Durham team worked hard in the field but found the conditions difficult in the sun. Durham found batting difficult against the accurate MCC bowling attack and excellent ground
fielding. Hollie Armitage 8 overs 6 for 19 and Grace Gibbs 2 for 21 off 6 overs bowled well as did Charlotte Pape 7 overs 0 for 4. Durham was bowled out for 63 in 32.2 overs, which was a comfortable win for a
strong MCC team.
Sussex have taken control of Group A after two emphatic victories and will look to wrap up their place in the final on Thursday when they meet Scotland.
Group B heavy hitters MCC and Devon proved today that they are just that. Their clash tomorrow will decide who wins Group B.