Tuesday, 10 May 2016

Week 2 of Women's County Championship

The second round of county fixtures are due to be played this Sunday with some intriguing games in store.

In Division One top of the table Warwickshire (1 game/1 win) travel to Wokingham to take on second placed Berkshire (2/2). As well as some of the more familiar names on show watch out for Warwickshire youngsters - pace bowler Katie Green and leg-spinner Georgia Davis, and Berkshire's 15 year old opening bowler Lauren Bell (aka The Shard - you will see why!). None of them have places in this year's KSL, but they all have plenty of potential. Warwickshire looked to have a decent bowling attack against Sussex, and if they can break through the Berkshire top order, they could clock up their second win.
Middlesex are hosted by Kent, who will be keen to bounce back from their defeat to Sussex last time out. With the new addition of New Zealand skipper Suzie Bates to the Kent ranks, they should have far too much batting for Middlesex to cope with, but left-arm spinner Alex Hartley will be keen to impress with the England captain in the opposition ranks.
Sussex have a road trip to Bath to take on Somerset and seem set to be without their skipper Sarah Taylor again. But fresh from their defeat of Kent, and with Freya Davies back in the line-up after missing the opening games due to uni exams, Sussex's bowling looks strong enough to set up a victory even if their batting is looking rather lacklustre.
Yorkshire finally hope to get their season underway with a win, when Surrey make the long trip north. It is difficult to see Surrey, who are already 0/2, coming back with very much from the game.

In Division Two table-toppers Devon get the weekend off, so can watch how their rivals get on. Wales have a tricky trip to Notts, who had an easy win last week over promoted Leicestershire. This will be more of a test, but Notts are likely to come out on top.
Lancashire look favourites to overcome Essex, who lost both their opening weekend games. Lancs game was called off so they could go top of the league if they can pull off an 18 point win.
The final game is the first for Worcestershire this season, and the first for the only county team that offers its girls contracts. Under coach Jason Yip Worcestershire are a county to watch, both on and off the field. They will hope to take their first step towards Div 1 in 2017 with a win over promoted Hampshire.

Fixtures for Sunday 15th May 

Division One
Berks v Warks at Wokingham CC
Kent v Middx at the Spitfire Ground, St Lawrence
Somerset v Sussex at Bath CC
Yorkshire v Surrey at Harrogate CC

Division Two
Lancs v Essex at St Annes CC
Notts v Wales at Welbeck CC
Worcs v Hants at Royal Grammar & Alice Ottley School, Flagge Meadow


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