Sussex claimed the LV= Women’s County Championship from Kent by six wickets in the deciding match of the season at Horsham Cricket Club yesterday.
Kent, last year’s Champions, took a slender lead into the final round of games with Sussex needing to beat their rivals to regain the crown they last held two years ago.
Izi Noakes was the pick of the bowling attack for Sussex after they put Kent into bat, taking 4-24 in her ten over spell including the prized wicket of Kent and England Captain Charlotte Edwards for seven.
Susie Rowe (52), recently selected for England’s tour of Sri Lanka, top scored for the visitors before she was trapped leg before by Caroline Atkins. But no-one else topped fifty as the visitors were bowled out for a modest 132.
Sussex then rarely looked troubled as they chased down their victory target with Caroline Atkins (52) making a half century before Alexia Walker hit a quickfire 15 off 13 balls to seal a win for the home side.
Sussex's Charlotte Burton said: “It’s a great feeling winning the Championship again, it was an outstanding performance from the team, not just today but throughout the season.
'The standard of cricket has increased and we have been tested this year which I think is great, but we have come back fighting and more determined this year to be County Champions."
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