Cheshire Women 199, Warwickshire Women 57-8. Cheshire won on faster scoring rate
The Route Organisation-sponsored Cheshire secured victory on faster scoring rate for the second successive week, and again the result was beyond doubt by the time the weather intervened.
Some hailed Cheshire’s home win over Lancashire in May as the best performance in the history of Cheshire women’s county cricket, but this showing arguably surpassed that.
Cheshire laid an excellent foundation with an opening stand of 44 between Hannah Gradwell and Emma Lingard, Dawn Prestidge contributed a rapid 29, then with only three wickets down at the second drinks break, Cheshire launched a ferocious assault, hitting 114 in the last 16 overs.
Lauren Griffiths made her county career best, making 57 from only 49 deliveries, with four fours and one memorable six into the car park of host club Mobberley. Laura Newton continued her good form of the previous week with 27. Kayleigh Alsop and Isabel Watson took three wickets each for Warwickshire.
Warwickshire made a solid start at 42-1, but the wicket of former Australia captain Lisa Keightly started a horrendous collapse, which was capped when Newton took three wickets in four balls, shortly before rain had the last word after 31 overs. Newton recorded 4-8 in four overs, the best ever bowling return in senior cricket from a player who has enjoyed a glittering career.
Now mathematically safe from relegation in division two, Cheshire end their season against Middlesex – who are captained by England’s Beth Morgan - at Stockport CC on Sunday September 13 at 11am.
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