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Belt & Darlington star in big Kent Women win at Hampshire

Monday 1st July 2024

Women

Women's County 50-Over

Kent Women picked up a huge victory, by 144 runs, over Hampshire in an ECB County 50-Over match at King Edward VI School in Southampton.


An unmissable evening of cricket is coming to Canterbury this Summer, and tickets are selling fast to see England’s heroes take on the White Ferns of New Zealand in Canterbury, just an hour’s journey from the capital.

It is only the second time that Canterbury has hosted a Women’s International T20 match in its long history, and will be another boost for the continued growth of women’s cricket in Kent.

The Frank Woolley Stand has now SOLD OUT – don’t miss out on saving money & being there to witness England in T20 action:

Buy tickets now

England Women vs. New Zealand at The Spitfire Ground in July is not included in 2024 Memberships or Six Pack ticket bundles. Members, Six Pack & Six Pack Plus holders should purchase tickets from the Club website.


17-year-old Ella Darlington scored a massive 150 not out, before Horses skipper Megan Belt took figures of 5-17, as a young Kent side performed exceptionally well with bat, ball & in the field to pick up the victory.

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Hampshire skipper Finty Trussler won the Toss & elected to field, preferring to chase under changeable overhead conditions, Darlington & Kent’s vice-skipper Charlotte Pape opened up for the Horses, and put on a stand of 23 before Pape was dismissed by Darcey Clarke for 2.

Darlington, who plays her club cricket for both The Mote CC & Mersham Sports Club, had started to up the run rate after a steady start, and had already hit successive boundaries from the bowling of Gemma Lane. It seemed that the Kent batter was targeting Lane to ‘cash in’ from her watchful start, finding the ropes with at least one delivery of Lane’s opening overs.

Lane hit back by bowling Kent young gun Genevieve Jeer for 1, with incoming batter Coco Streets now tasked with partnering Darlington, who was moving through the gears. The pair put on 33 together before Streets was given LBW to Clover Crosse at the end of 18 overs, putting the Horses on 65/3 and needing to rebuild.

This became trickier when ‘keeper Emily Thompson was caught by Annabella Mitchell for nine, bringing in 15-year-old bowling all-rounder Kaya Clark to the middle.

Faced with the pressure of yet another rebuild, the pair of Clark & Darlington, with a combined age of 32, showed maturity well beyond their years with a fantastic partnership of 149 runs in 24 overs. Darlington had previously reached her half century in 72 deliveries, and reached her hundred with a four in the 40th over, a century stand that included 17 fours and four sixes.

At the other end, Clark had started well and was also able to consistency find the rope – reaching a half century in 66 balls in the 43rd over, before being caught by Mitchell from the bowling of Eliza Bristowe for 65 in the 45th.

It came down to Daisy Brandon to partner Darlington as she marched towards a 150 score, hitting four fours in one Crosse over in the 46th, and reaching 150 with three balls remaining of Kent’s innings.

Darlington’s 150 was very almost a new Kent record for an individual innings in an ECB 50-over competition, one run behind Charlotte Edwards’ 151* vs. Middlesex in 2002 & 151 vs. Sussex in 2014’s Women’s County Championship.

Set 292 to win, Hampshire made a good start at chasing down Kent’s 291/6. Openers Trussler & Ashneet Chahal put on 80 runs together inside 14 overs before Kent made the breakthrough – Chahal smashing a Belt delivery back towards the bowler, hitting the Kent skipper in the ribs, but the off-spinner able to hold onto a caught & bowled chance.

Belt then struck again in her next over, bowling ‘keeper-batter Pippa Sproul for 4 to put Hampshire 86/2. Another off-spinner, Naomi Scott, got into the wickets in the next over, sending opener Trussler back bowled for 34, and momentum was starting to shift Kent’s way.

In the 20th over, Belt picked up two further wickets – Danielle Ransley caught by Charlotte Pape for 10, and Sophie Mitchelmore caught by Zeena Bilal for six.

After starring with the bat, Kaya Clark contributed with the ball, bowling Mitchell for a first-ball duck, before belt completed her five-wicket haul by bowling Hampshire’s Darcey Clarke for 5.

When Lane was dismissed by Clark, Hampshire had lost nine wickets for 60 runs in 13 overs.

Kent’s impressive victory was rounded off ten overs later after some resistance from Bristowe (14) & Amy Mills (8), winning by 144 runs with 4.2 overs remaining.

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An unmissable evening of cricket is coming to Canterbury this Summer, and tickets are selling fast to see England’s heroes take on the White Ferns of New Zealand in Canterbury, just an hour’s journey from the capital.

It is only the second time that Canterbury has hosted a Women’s International T20 match in its long history, and will be another boost for the continued growth of women’s cricket in Kent.

The Frank Woolley Stand has now SOLD OUT – don’t miss out on saving money & being there to witness England in T20 action:

Buy tickets now

England Women vs. New Zealand at The Spitfire Ground in July is not included in 2024 Memberships or Six Pack ticket bundles. Members, Six Pack & Six Pack Plus holders should purchase tickets from the Club website.