Friday, 15 July 2016

County T20 - Round 3

The third round of County T20 games are played this Sunday. Here is what you can see this weekend

Div 1
Notts, Yorkshire & Kent at Welbeck CC
Warwickshire, Lancs & Sussex at Edgbaston Foundation Ground (third game at Edgbaston CC)
Berkshire v Middlesex at Wokingham CC

Warwickshire are the only unbeaten side in the T20 competition this year having won two games and had one called off. They sit second behind Berkshire who have won three of their four games so far, but who lost to Warks in Round 2. Berkshire have just the one game this Sunday against Middlesex, but with both teams back to full strength Middlesex are probably just favourites.

Meanwhile Warks take on Sussex and Lancs. Sussex racked up 177/3 against Kent two weeks ago, but still lost. They also lost to Warks in their first County Championship game of the season on the same ground. With Amy Jones and Jenny Gunn back for Warks and Georgia Elwiss, Danni Wyatt and Georgia Adams back for Sussex, this could be an epic. Lancs already have two wins under their belts - over Middlesex and Kent, so are going to be no pushover. If any team can come away with two wins they will be doing well.

Up at Welbeck CC Notts host Yorkshire and Kent. Suzie Bates scored a hundred to beat Sussex at Arundel two weeks ago, Kent having lost their first two games to Berks and Lancs. They will be back to full strength this weekend with Tammy Beaumont at the top of the order. They will be difficult to stop. Yorkshire have lost both the games they have played this year but they will be strengthened by the return of Katherine Brunt, Lauren Winfield and Dani Hazell, plus Aussie opener and keeper Beth Mooney. They might just give Kent a run for their money and should probably prove too strong for Notts.

Div 2
Essex, Durham & Hampshire at Garon Park
Surrey, Somerset & Staffs at Banstead CC
Wales v Worcestershire at Aberdare CC

Surrey are the only unbeaten team in a very open Div 2 title race (five teams have won two games apiece). They take on Somerset and Staffs on home ground this Sunday. Both Surrey and Somerset welcome back a key England player in Nat Sciver and Anya Shrubsole respectively. Staffs have one win under their belts over Durham, but could come away with nothing from these two games.

Durham and Hampshire will be keen to try and get something out of their weekend, which they share with Essex. Durham are bottom having lost both the games they have played so far and Hampshire have lost three out of four, including the fixture against Essex, which was brought forward so that it could be played at the Ageas Bowl.

Wales and Worcestershire play a lone game at Aberdare CC, but it should be a good one. Worcestershire's Thea Brookes will be keen to show what she can do in T20 cricket ahead of her stint with Loughborough Lightning. She hit a fine 79 in a losing cause against Surrey in Round 2, and will hope for more of the same.


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