The Kent Women’s team maintained their unbeaten record and extended their lead at the top of the Royal London One Day Competition, after beating Nottinghamshire Women yesterday. Their nine wicket victory pushed them 15 points clear of Surrey Women with two rounds left to be played.
The 50 over match, which is also doubles as the Women’s Championship competition, at Tunbridge Wells, despite being a top of the table clashed, proved to be one sided. Kent elected to bowl first and the Nott’s Women made a solid start, openers Sonia Odedra and Olivia Thornton making 36 before Odedra was bowled by Erin Bermingham, for 18. This was the first of her two wickets, with an impressive return of 2 – 18 off 10 overs. Nott’s then lost wickets in a steady progression, including the prized scalp of their captain, Jenny Gunn for only 10, caught behind by wicket keeper Lauren Griffiths from the bowling of Laura Marsh. Gunn was one of only four Nott’s players to make double figures with the backbone of their innings created by Thornton’s 56. In the end they made 142 for the loss of 9 wickets in their 50 overs. Bermingham’s stand out bowling was matched by Charlotte Pape, 4 – 24 off her 10 and Alice Davidson-Richards, 2 – 17 also off the maximum overs allowed.
As expected, given the batting power that Kent have, the chase got off to a quick start with Charlotte Edwards and Tammy Beaumont immediately scoring at well over the asking rate. The only hiccup was the loss of Edwards, on 11 with the score at 31. From then on the day was dominated by the batting of Beaumont. Going at close to a run a ball she compiled a classy 92 not out, off 97 balls, including 17 fours. She was assisted by a solid Lydia Greenway, also finishing the match not out, on 21. Kent overhauled the Nott’s total in 27.5 overs, with 9 wickets in hand, and took maximum points from the match.
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The next fixture for the Kent Women is a home Royal London One-Day Cup match against Berkshire, 11am start, Sunday 11 July at Polo Farm, Canterbury.
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