Friday, 18 August 2017

KSL Match Notes - Lightning v Diamonds

Match Seven
Lightning v Diamonds
16th August 2017

* Start delayed by rain for 88 minutes & game reduced to 13 overs per side.

* Lightning win toss & field

* 4 over powerplay

* Diamonds manage 29/1 in the powerplay courtesy of Chamari Attapatu. Lauren Winfield the casualty caught at deep square for 9 off Odedra.

* Atapattu smashes a 6 and a 4 off Grundy and Diamonds are 42/1 after 6 overs

* Sophie Devine struggling while Atapattu marches on. Devine is bowled by Elwiss' first ball - 2 off 9 balls. 49/2

* Atapattu is dropped on 47 but goes on to get her 50 off 32 balls

* Joined by Brunt, Atapattu takes a back seat. Brunt hits 21 off 10 balls before Atapattu calls her through for a suicidal single. Gone run out. Diamonds 86/3 after 10.1 overs.

* Alice Davidson-Richards and Jenny Gunn perish to leave Diamonds on 95/5 with 16 balls left. Atapattu takes them to solid 110/5.


* Lightning need a good start but Brunt bowls her housemate Amy Jones for 2 and gets Perry lbw - Lightning 13/2 after 2.1 overs.

* Lightning 24/2 at end of powerplay 4 overs. Behind the clock.

* Atapattu gets Villani lbw with her first ball. 24/3. Looking tough now.

* Thea Brookes goes for 4. 31/4.

* Georgia Elwiss 41 and Sonia Odedra 21* take Lightning to 79/5, but it takes to over 11.3, despite 18 off one Gunn over.

* A brief cameo from Sarah Glenn (11) gets Lightning past bonus point score and they finish on 93/5.

* Thunder win by 17 runs

Full scorecard here


Wednesday, 16 August 2017

KSL Match Notes - Thunder v Stars

Game Six
Thunder v Stars
16th August 2017

* Stars won the toss and elected to bat

* Both teams at full strength - Taylor & Cross in for Thunder and Lee for Stars

* No joy for Lee though as she goes for a 🦆 in the first over

* But Tammy Beaumont looks in ominous form - Stars get to 43/1 after 5 overs and Beaumont has 34 of them.

* 50/1 after the 6 powerplay overs

* 7th over is Ecclestone's and she frustrates Marizanne Kapp into top edging to backward square - 52/2

* Make that 53/3 as Beaumont (36) chips Hazell to midwicket.

* Halfway and Stars are 61/4 with Bryony Smith lbw to Hazell for 1.

* First ball of the 15th over and Taylor stumps Marsh off Jonassen for 11. Stars in danger of subsiding here - 79/5

* But Stars end up getting 33 off the last three overs through Nat Sciver (40*) and Sophia Dunkley (24), who batted very well.

* Stars finish on 133/6. Looks slightly below par score, but gives them more than they hoped five overs out.


* 4 off the first over and then 10 off the second from Kapp - 14/0 after 2 overs - nice start.

* But Lamb is lbw next over - 14/1

* Thunder get to 32/1 after the powerplay - even stephens

* 9th over and Jones (26) is given out lbw sweeping at Hartley (looked legside-ish). Thunder 47/2

* At halfway point Thunder are 62/2 and need 72 off last 10 overs - Taylor and Satterthwaite at the crease. Game on.

* 69/2 after 11 overs, but Satterthwaite is bowled by Farrell in the next over - 75/3. Taylor now the key.

* And two overs later she is gone, paddling Farrell to short fine leg. Excellent 34, but Thunder needed more. Her wicket in fact sparks a hideous collapse. Thunder 86/4

* Threlkeld is stumped first ball 86/5; Jonassen is well caught by Lee 91/6; Hazell paddles to fine leg 91/7; Ecclestone misses a full toss and is lbw 91/8 - 5 wickets for 5 runs

* It's game over but 106 is the bonus point target. Lancs fail to make it as they are bowled out for 100, with Farrell taking the last wicket with a diving return catch off her own bowling to take 5/26.

* Stars win by 33 runs and take 5 points

Link to full scorecard

Video highlights link

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KSL Match Notes - Lightning v Vipers

Game Five
Lightning v Vipers
15th August 2017

* Lightning won the toss and elected to bowl

* Just one off the first over from Beams - the calm before the storm!

* Suzie Bates helps herself to 16 in boundaries off the second over from Langston - she is off and running

* Langston is replaced by Grundy, but the fourth over goes for 18. Grundy looked to get the yips after being carted for two 4s off the first two balls

* Finally Ellyse Perry is brought into the action in the last of the powerplay overs. Bates (on 39) offers her a return catch, but she puts it down - costly - she follows it with 6, 4, 4 to go to her 50 off 30 balls. Powerplay done Vipers on 63/0

* In the 8th over Bates offers another chance, but this time Beams grasses it.

* 10th over and Matthews tries to go big but fails. Out for 12 (off 18). 87/1

* 13th over and Vipers have moved sweetly on to 122/1.

* 14th over and Adams is run out for 12

* It takes Bates until the 17th over to reach her 100 (off 63 balls) - it is the first 100 in the KSL and beats Dane van Niekerk's previous highest score of 91.

* Last three overs go for 33 runs and Vipers finish on 180 with Bates 119*, Wyatt 21*


* Tall order for Lightning not helped when Elyse Villani is given run out at the bowler's end after an apparent touch on the ball by bowler Tash Farrant. Villani is not convinced, and replays look inconclusive, but third umpire gives her out - 6/1

* But Lightning take 12 off the first over, courtesy of Amy Jones

* Only one off the third from Lynsey Smith and then Matthews takes the fourth - bowls Jones as she tries to cut a full ball. Lightning 14/2

* 5th over and Ellyse Perry runs herself out again - Lightning 25/3.

* Lightning finish powerplay on 41/3, but the game has gone. Bonus point cut-off score is 145.

* 9th over Odedra stumped off a wide full-toss - 55/4

* Halfway and Lightning have reached 64/4. They need 13 an over and they get it off the 11th from George.

* Time for Suzie Bates and she, of course, gets a wicket with her second ball - Elwiss bowled for 32 (29) - 77/5

* 87/6 as Brookes is caught at cow off Brindle, 87/7 as Lucy Higham is lbw first ball.

*  Some decent hitting from Sarah Glenn (25) helps the Lightning past 100, but Langston is caught on the boundary by Bates, then Glenn is run out and Grundy run out off the last ball (although given as stumped). Lightning all out for 134.

* No prizes for guessing player of the match

Full scorecard here

Video highlights here


Monday, 14 August 2017

KSL Match Notes - Stars v Diamonds

Game Four
Stars v Diamonds
13th August 2017

* Casualties today - Jenny Gunn for Diamonds with "whiplash injury" and Lizelle Lee for Stars with visa issues

* Diamonds won the toss and decided to bat.

* Atapattu doesn't last long - caught behind in second over off Kapp - 4/1

* Over 3 and Sophie Devine slashes at a wide one from Rene Farrell and is caught by Beaumont standing up - 5/2 - no ideal

* Lauren Winfield and Sune Luus (suddenly she is a number 4 bat!) get to the end of the powerplay - 28/2 on the board.

* 10th over and Winfield slogs sweeps Alex Hartley, but in the air, and Marsh takes the catch at deep square - 43/3

*Luus departs in the 12th top edging Sciver to Hartley at fine leg. Good knock though of 29 (32) - 48/4

* Back to Brunt and ADR to try and get Diamonds out of a hole. They take it to the 17th over and add 37, but ADR is bowled by Hartley for 13 - score still only 85/5

* Holly Armitage is out first ball. Hartley on a hat-trick. Anna Nicholls doesn't care as she reverse sweeps her first ball for a couple!

* 87/7 as Brunt runs herself out!!

* Diamonds make it to 100 before they are all out in the 20th over.


* Pinch-hitter Bryony Smith is out in the second over to Brunt - Stars 2/1. Marizanne Kapp in at 3.

* Kapp and Beaumont take Stars to uneventful 27/1 after first 6 overs

* 8th over and ADR gets Beaumont (21) with a back of the hand slower ball - Stars 37/2

* After 10 overs Stars are 51/2 - going along nicely but not likely to get a bonus point win (16 overs)

* 63/2 after 13 overs and Winfield finally throws the ball to Sune Luus - but she chooses to ball around the wicket and her over goes for 10!

* Brunt bowls a maiden, but the Stars know they have plenty of time.

* 11 off the 17th over means they only need five to win, and they get there in the next with consecutive boundaries to Kapp off Brunt, which ruins her figures - Kapp 48* and Sciver 34*

* Stars win by 8 wickets

Full scorecard here

Video highlights here


Sunday, 13 August 2017

KSL Match Notes - Storm v Lightning

Game Three
Storm v Lightning
12th August 2017

* The international injury woes continue - Shrubsole still not fit for Storm (although she was involved in warm-up) and Ellyse Villani misses the game injuring her shoulder in a warm-up game of touch rugby

*Storm win the toss and elect to bowl

* Lightning get to 38/1 in the 6 powerplay overs - Jones ct Nicholas b Davies 21

* Key moment is last ball of the 8th over. Perry knocks the ball towards vacant mid-on region and sets off, but Stafanie Taylor swoops in from midwicket, picks up and underarms the stumps down. Perry run out for 25 (off 28).

* Davies completes four overs with 1/17 (score 54/2)

* Stafanie Taylor replaces Davies and takes three wickets in her first over - Lightning 59/5 after 10 overs

* With five to go Lightning have limped to 76/6 with Scholfield another victim for Taylor who ends with 4/5 off her four overs

* Marie Kelly 18 (30) and Lucy Higham 6 (7) add 22 for the 7th wicket in four overs

* Lightning make it to 108/9 after their 20 overs


* Storm make the worst possible start when Kristen Beams bowls Rachel Priest for 0 in the first over

* Once again Storm don't make enough in the powerplay - 27/1 after 6 overs (and 10 of those came off the bat of Heather Knight in the last over)

* Just as she seems to be getting going Knight is run out for 24 (27) - Storm 41/2 (8.4 overs)

* Storm need 60 from the last 10 overs with eight wickets in hand

* Equation comes down to 46 off seven overs, but with only seven wickets in hand after Georgia Hennessy goes for 23 (29).

* Five left - 34 needed

* Fran Wilson skies a catch - 77/4 with 27 balls to come (32 needed)

* Storm need 24 off three overs, but Taylor (The Iceburg)  is still there.

* 17th over from Grundy goes for 14 and that is the ball game

* They bring it down to two needed with seven balls left, but Taylor departs to a great catch from Scholfield at long on (34 off 32 balls)

* Luff hits Perry's first ball of the last over for the winning runs. Storm win by 5 wickets with five balls to spare.

Full scorecard here

Video highlights here


Friday, 11 August 2017

KSL Match Notes - Diamonds v Thunder

Game Two
Diamonds v Thunder
11th August 2017

* No Kate Cross (injury) or Sarah Taylor (family wedding) for Lancs Thunder

* Lancashire Thunder win the toss and field

* Chamari Atapattu and Lauren Winfield see Thunder to 37/0 in the first 6 over powerplay. Seems reasonable but this looks a good wicket.

* After 10 overs they have taken score to 64/0

* After 12 overs they are 72/1 with Atapattu gone for 41 off 38 balls. Nice start for the Sri Lankan.

* Sophie Devine 11 comes and goes quickly - 87/2 in 14th over

* Winfield goes in 15th over as Diamonds make it to 100/3. Looks like innings may be stalling, but....

*Katherine Brunt 31(16 balls) and Alice Davidson-Richards 22 (off 13 balls) add 52 off the next 25 balls before Brunt is bowled off last ball of 19th.

* Diamonds finish on 162/4


* Jenny Gunn does not take the field for Diamonds

* Steady start through Eve Jones and Emma Lamb, before Lamb is well caught by Devine in the last over of the powerplay for 20 (off 20). Thunder 34/1

* Davidson-Richards 18 (off 23) bowls Jones with the first ball of the 10th over - Thunder 59/2 and still in touch.

* Life becomes more difficult when Jess Jonassen 7 is caught in the deep halfway through the 12th over - Thunder 71/3

* Amy Satterthwaite 28 (off 26) goes in the next over (78/4) and the game is gone, but Thunder need 130 to prevent Diamonds from getting a bonus point win.

* Dani Hazell threatens briefly but is stumped for 10 - Thunder 89/5

* 16th over sees the end of Brown stumped as she pirouettes out of her crease - Thunder 97/6

* Tahuhu run out in 17th - 109/7

* But some lusty blows by Sophie Ecclestone (16*) and Ellie Threlkeld (18*) take Thunder to 134/7 off their 20 overs

** Alice Davidson-Richards is player of the match

Link to scorecard

Video highlights here


KSL Match Notes - Vipers v Storm

Game One
Vipers v Storm at the Ageas

10th August 2017

* Toss won by the Vipers who inserted the Storm

* Storm waste the powerplay getting to 19/2 after 6 overs (Priest ct behind 3 & Knight bowled 1)

* Linsey Smith completes her four overs straight off with 1/9

* Hennessy hits 14 off the 9th over from Brindle (only boundaries of the innings) but is out next over lbw to Bates for 22 (31 balls)

* After 10 overs Storm are 41/3 with Stafanie Taylor & Fran Wilson at the crease

* 41/4 (Taylor 8); 44/5 (Luff run out by direct hit from Edwards); 58/6 (MacLeod 4 lobs catch back to Bates); 61/7 (Wilson 10 caught behind chasing wide one); 62/8 (Dibble 2 run out) ; 62/9 (Nicholas 0 bowled Matthews)

* Storm bowled out for 70 with 7 balls to come as Freya Davies 7 is run out by direct hit from the cover boundary by Smith


* Suzie Bates & Hayley Matthews open for Vipers - first over maiden which includes a simple missed stumping of Bates by Rachel Priest; second over 4; third over 9 (2 sumptious drives from Matthews)

* Fourth over from Kiwi international Holly Huddleston goes for 34!! It included four no balls.

* Matthews skews drive to cover & is caught in sixth over - 55/1

* Bates finishes the game with last ball of the ninth over going for 6. She is 47 not out and player of the match

Link to scorecard

Video highlights here


Tuesday, 8 August 2017

Kia Super League 2017 is go.....

The second edition of the Kia Super Leagues T20 competition is ready to go.

KSL2 kicks off on Thursday 10th August with a rematch of last year's final between the Southern Vipers and the Western Storm at the Ageas Bowl. The competition was officially launched last night, although with many of the England players on a break and very few overseas players back in the UK it was a low-key affair.

Two internationals who were due to play have had to pull out through injury - Dane van Niekerk (Vipers) and Beth Mooney (Diamonds), but news has come in today that Mooney's replacement for Yorkshire will be Sri Lanka's Chamari Atapattu. This is great news for her and for Sri Lankan women's cricket.

Here are the full squad lists (15 players) and the possible starting XIs for each team, plus a look at their relative strengths and weaknesses.

Lancashire Thunder
Dani Hazell ©, Sarah Taylor, Kate Cross (England contracted)
Amy Satterthwaite, Jess Jonassen, Lea Tahuhu (Overseas)
Sophie Ecclestone, Emma Lamb, Eve Jones, Ellie Threlkeld (England Senior Academy)
Tash Miles, Natalie Brown, Alice Dyson, Rachel Dickinson, Ella Telford (County)
Likely Line-Up 
1. Lamb, 2. Jones, 3. Taylor, 4. Satterthwaite, 5. Jonassen, 6. Miles, 7. Threlkeld, 8. Cross, 9. Hazell, 10. Ecclestone 11. Tahuhu
Key Player
Sarah Taylor - More as a batsman than as a keeper (she may even give the gloves to Ellie Threlkeld on some occasions!). She has the ability to score runs quickly against any type of bowling attack.
They look like a very balanced side, and will be hoping their new overseas players (Jonassen and Tahuhu) contribute a bit more than Deandra Dottin and Hayley Matthews did last year.
Where will they finish?
2nd 1st

Loughborough Lightning
Georgia Elwiss ©, Amy Jones, Beth Langston (England contracted)
Ellyse Perry, Kristen Beams, Elyse Villani (Overseas)
Paige Scholfield, Thea Brookes, Georgie Boyce (England Senior Academy)
Becky Grundy, Sonia Odedra, Marie Kelly, Sarah Glenn, Lucy Higham, Abi Freeborn (County)
Likely Line-Up
1. Elwiss, 2, Villani, 3. Perry, 4. Jones, 5. Scholfield, 6. Boyce, 7. Brookes, 8. Odedra, 9. Grundy, 10. Langston, 11. Beams
Key Player
Ellyse Perry - She will be the glue for the Lightning batting, with others batting around her. Last year she only bowled 19 overs in six games. She may be needed to bowl a few more this year.
A lot will be expected from the top four batsmen, which may restrict the way they play. Rebecca Grundy had a good KSL last year and she may be the key to the bowling attack.
Where will they finish?

Southern Vipers
Charlotte Edwards ©
Tash Farrant, Danni Wyatt (England contracted)
Suzie Bates, Hayley Matthews, Mignon du Preez (Overseas)
Georgia Adams, Katie George, Linsey Smith, Ellen Burt (England Senior Academy)
Arran Brindle, Tara Norris, Izzy Collis, Carla Rudd, Charlie Dean (County)
Likely Line-Up
1. Bates, 2. Matthews, 3. Wyatt, 4. Edwards, 5. du Preez, 6. Brindle, 7. Adams, 8. Rudd, 9. Smith, 10. George, 11. Farrant
Key Player
Suzie Bates - She was the top run scorer and top wicket-taker for the Vipers last year and they will hope she can do the same this year.
Their other overseas players - They have lost Dane van Niekerk to injury, but Mignon du Preez has taken her place. She is not really a T20 specialist. Hayley Matthews has massive potential but is yet to show it to an English crowd.
Where will they finish?

Surrey Stars
Nat Sciver ©, Tammy Beaumont, Laura Marsh, Alex Hartley (England contracted)
Marizanne Kapp, Harmanpreet Kaur, Lizelle Lee, Rene Farrell (Overseas)
Bryony Smith, Sophia Dunkley (England Senior Academy)
Grace Gibbs, Aylish Cranstone, Cordelia Griffith, Hannah Jones, Naomi Dattani, Kirstie White (County)
Likely Line-Up
1. Beaumont, 2. Smith, 3. Sciver, 4. Lee, 5. Kapp, 6. Dunkley, 7. Griffith, 8. Marsh, 9. Cranstone, 10. Farrell, 11. Hartley
Key Player
Nat Sciver - Currently in sublime form with the bat, she could win a game on her own.
Not much changed from last year (Lee in for Tahuhu), where they only managed to win 2/5, but the England girls are in form. Lizelle Lee is a late replacement for Kaur, who played for the Storm last year and can hit big, on her day. Bowling might be a bit weak?
Where will they finish?
1st 3rd 2nd

Western Storm
Heather Knight ©, Anya Shrubsole, Fran Wilson (England contracted)
Stafanie Taylor, Rachel Priest, Holly Huddleston (Overseas)
Freya Davies, Sophie Luff (England Senior Academy)
Georgia Hennessy, Jodie Dibble, Amara Carr, Alice Mcleod, Dani Gibson, Lauren Parfitt, Claire Thomas (County)
Likely Line-Up
1. Taylor, 2. Priest, 3. Knight, 4. Wilson, 5. Luff, 6. Hennessy, 7. Macleod, 8. Dibble, 9. Shrubsole, 10. Davies, 11. Huddleston
Key Player
Stafanie Taylor - Last year's player of the tournament for her 289 runs at an average of 57.8 and 11 wickets, the Storm will hope she is back in the same form this year.
Without Lizelle Lee back in the ranks the young middle order may need to show their mettle. Also now missing Shrubsole for at least the first two games, which are against last year's winner & semi-finalists.
Where will they finish?
3rd 2nd 3rd

Yorkshire Diamonds
Lauren Winfield ©, Katherine Brunt, Jenny Gunn (England contracted)
Sune Luus, Sophie Devine, Chamari Atapattu (Overseas)
Alice Davidson-Richards, Hollie Armitage (England Senior Academy)
Anna Nicholls, Katie Levick, Katie Thompson, Steph Butler, Laura Crofts, Teresa Graves, Maddie Walsh (County)
Likely Line-Up
1. Winfield, 2. Atapattu, 3. Devine, 4. Luus, 5. Davidson-Richards, 6. Brunt, 7. Gunn, 8. Butler, 9. Armitage, 10. Levick, 11. Crofts
Key Player
Sophie Devine - She has switched from Loughborough Lightning to the Diamonds this year and will be hoping that the move brings her more success in the KSL. Last year was disappointing with both bat and ball. Diamonds really need her to fire with both this year.
Losing Beth Mooney (keeper and opening bat) before even a ball has been bowled is far from ideal, but Chamari Atapattu is an interesting replacement. There could be some opportunities for some of the youngsters to shine, but it could be a tough KSL2 for them.
Where will they finish?

updated 08/VIII/17

Saturday, 5 August 2017

KSL players likely to miss County Champs deciders

Just a quick heads up before we get into the manic madness of KSL2017, which starts on Thursday (10th August).

The two days after the KSL2017 group games finish on Saturday 26th August - so Sunday 27th August and Monday 28th August - the final round of games in the Women's County Championship are scheduled to be played.

It is tight at the top and at the bottom of Division One, so the outcome of these final fixtures - the last two out of just seven to be played - will be crucial to many of the teams. The problem will be that many of the county teams could be decimated by the withdrawal of players who have made it to Finals Day of KSL 2017, which is being held on Friday 1st September. Remember three teams will be involved in KSL Finals Day.

Sussex for example have 11 players playing in the KSL (six with Vipers, three with Lightning, one with Thunder and one with Storm). If the Vipers, Lightning and Thunder reach Finals' Day then they are going to be without 10 of their main squad, as they try and avoid relegation.

At the other end of the league Lancashire have eight players in their own Thunder squad. They at least will have control over their own players, whereas Sussex will have none. They also have Alex Hartley in the Stars squad and Beth Langston in the Lightning team.

Yorkshire are in a similar position with nine of their squad in the Diamonds' colours this year, plus Danni Hazell, moonlighting for Thunder.

Warwickshire (6), Kent (5), Middlesex (3), Berkshire (3), and Notts (3) will all be affected to a lesser extent, but could still be without crucial players for their key games.

With four Sundays still free in September it seems a shame that the end of the County Championship should be ruined by an unfortunate piece of scheduling.


Thursday, 3 August 2017

New Aussie pay deal sets the benchmark

The pay deal that has finally been struck between Cricket Australia, who run cricket in Australia, and the Australian Cricketers' Association (the players' union), means a sharp rise in pay for all domestic women cricketers in Australia.

Even before the agreement they were the best paid female cricketers in the world, but things have now been taken to a level where cricket really does become a viable career option for many young girls in Australia.

Before the new agreement here is minimum per annum payment to Aussie players

National Players - $40,000 (£24,000)
State Players - $11,000 (£6,500)
WBBL Players - $7,000 (£4,200)

Under the new agreement these figures will be increased to

National Players - $72,076 (£43,000)
State Players - $25,659 (£15,300)
WBBL Players - $10,292 (£6,100)

It means that a state cricketer who can also get herself into one of the eight WBBL teams will earn a minimum of $35,951(£21,400). The National Minimum wage in Australia is currently $36,088.

And that is a minimum. According to Cricket NSW CEO Andrew Jones, "female state and WBBL players will earn more than $50,000 a year while the leading international women will be approaching $200,000" (that's £30,000 and £120,000).

There are currently approximately 120 players in Australia being paid under this scheme.

No other country in the world pays its domestic cricketers to play domestic cricket, so the gauntlet, having already been thrown down by Cricket Australia, has now been picked up and once again hammered into the dirt in the faces of all the other cricket boards around the globe.


Tuesday, 1 August 2017

Lancs pick up Div 1 T20 Crown

Lancashire are the Division One T20 champions after winning their last two games comfortably against Surrey and Yorkshire. It meant they finished eight points clear of Middlesex, who jumped into second spot with two victories themselves over Kent and Warwickshire.

Warwickshire, in second spot at the beginning of the day, suffered two defeats, to Middlesex and Kent (albeit with a severely weakened team), which left them in fourth place in the league equal on points with Surrey and Kent.

Sussex were denied the opportunity to finish in second spot by the weather, with their games against bottom clubs Berkshire and Somerset abandoned. It meant that Berkshire and Somerset's relegation into Div 2 next year was confirmed.

Division One Table

In Division Two Notts comfortably overcame Scotland in their first game of the day to make sure the Div 2 title was heading back to the Midlands and they were heading into Div 1 next year. But Hampshire (second in the morning) could do nothing to enhance their chances of Div 1 status next year, as their games with Wales and Staffs were washed out. It gave Worcestershire the opportunity to take second spot and their 6 wicket win over Durham gave them the four points they needed to leapfrog over Hampshire. 

At the bottom Essex lost to Scotland by 9 wickets, which meant there was no way back for them. Their last game against Notts was washed out halfway through. Staffs could do nothing but take two miserly points from their two cancelled games (why on earth it is 1 point for an abandoned game, when it is four points for a win, is anyone's guess!) and watch on as Durham beat Derbyshire to save their Div 2 hides, sending Derbyshire down with Staffs and Essex. 

This is how we think the table should look, although not all the results are on Play Cricket yet. 

Division Two Table

The promoted clubs from Div 3 are :- Gloucestershire, Cheshire and Northants.