The weather, exam revision, Finchley, Newport and Meir Heath were the big winners this weekend in Women's Club Cricket around the country.
Midlands Premier League
Fortunately all three games in the Midlands survived some more cold and wet weather that swept across the UK this Sunday.
Sheffield Utd beat Burton Latimer by 82 runs. A rather depleted Sheffield side were indebted to their captain Salliann Briggs (64) and keeper Rachel Welsh (45) for their decent total of 187/8 in their 50 overs. Jo-Anne Gardner picked up three late wickets to finish with 3/42. In response Laura Tonks (16) and Emma Woodcraft (19) got Burton off to a steady start but Emily Marriott claimed 3/9 from her 10 overs as Burton were bowled out for 105 in the 34th over.
Meir Heath beat Pershore by 109 runs. Meir Heath recovered from 16/2 to post a daunting 237 in just over 44 overs. England's Danni Wyatt (82) and West Indies Shanel Daley (44) were the chief beneficiaries. Looby Lally and Franki James also chipped in with 33 runs apiece. Rachel Baldwin took 4/34 for Pershore. In reply Pershore were bowled out for 128 in the 42nd over with 3/10 for Elsa-Marie Evans and two wickets apiece for Shanel Daley, Steph Butler and Kathryn White.
Walmley beat Quatt by 8 wickets, having bowled them out for just 69, albeit in nearly 39 overs. Rebecca Grundy took 4/15 and Isabelle Watson 3/16. Amy Jones (38*) top-scored in Walmley brisk response as they lost just two wickets before winning the game in the 12th over.
It looks like it is going to be a good scrap between these three winning sides and Clifton Village for top spot.
Southern Premier League
Finchley beat Hursley by the small matter of 210 runs, thanks in large part to their Australian overseas player Emma Inglis, who helped herself to 124 off just 80 balls, as Finchley amassed 311 in 44 overs. Hursley, not surprisngly buckled under the strain in reply, collapsing to 101 ao in just under 20 overs to give Finchley their first win of the season.
Bath beat Loughton by 5 wickets in a low-scoring affair at Loughton CC. The home team, sent into bat, were all out for just 64 in under 30 overs. Moira Comfort enjoyed her afternoon with 4/15. But things were not straightforward for Bath in reply as they lost five wickets before passing the required total in the 27th over. Sophie Le Marchand was 17 not out at the end.
Brighton v Hayes fell foul of the weather half way through the game. Brighton had managed to clock up a respectable 184 ao against 9 man Hayes with major contributions for Jade Ellphick (50) and Alexia Walker (46). Hannah Jelfs took 4/26 and Grace Franklin 3/25. Hayes started their reply in the rain but after 4 overs it became too heavy and the players walked off never to return. Hayes were 22/0 at the time.
Bexley conceded to Wokingham.
Wokingham have yet to be really tested, but they meet Hayes in three weeks time. If both sides can field their strongest teams it should be quite a clash.
Only one game survived the weather and the lack of players in Cheshire, but Chester Broughton Hall took full advantage as they defeated the current champions Appleton by 8 wickets. They contained a lack-lustre Appleton to just 74/8 in 40 overs, 47 of which went to Anni Rashid, who was not out at the end of the Appleton innings. Chester chugged away for 34 overs to get the runs they needed, but with only two wickets down thanks to 42 not out from Ali Cutler.
Stockport Trinity conceded to Romiley and Trafford Metrovics conceded to Bolton Indians.
Oakmere v Stalybridge was abandoned without a ball being bowled.
South West Premier League
St Austell v Bristol Phoenix was cancelled due to the weather, but Newport made it three wins out of three with victory over Taunton by 6 wickets, despite only having 10 players.Taunton were bowled out for 132 with Rebecca Struthers taking 3/19. The Newport reply was lead by Claire Thomas (54*) and Gabby Basketter (48) as Newport cruised to the top of the league.
Yorkshire Women's League
Three games were scheduled to be played this week, but your guess is as good as mine as to what went on - please enlighten me if you know. I now have some info from the Bradford game - see below (thanks to Cecilia Allen)
Old Modernians v Treeton
Beverley v Vernon Caurus
New Farnley beat Bradford by 11runs in a tense match amidst the damp and drizzle at Pannal CC. Having been inserted New Farnley scored a creditable 183/5 on a damp green-top. Beatrice Firth top-scored with 47* and Jane Ellis hit 36. In reply Bradford lost early wickets but Kennedy Nuttall (66) and Phoebe Robb (28) brought them back into the game, but NF skipper Cecilia Allen stepped up to take 5/35 to turn the game back in New Farnley's favour. Two late run-outs saw New Farnley home in a frantic last few overs.