Hollie Armitage enjoyed a memorable day out as Yorkshire Women made a winning start to their ECB T20 campaign yesterday.

Armitage starred with bat and ball in two 20-over wins against Cumbria at Arnside CC.

It capped off a perfect day for the White Rose county, with the men’s side also winning their Championship match against Sussex at Hove.

Batting all-rounder Armitage has continued her superb late winter form when, in Australia, she helped Tasmanian side Clarence win their one-day competition by scoring a century in the final.

The 23-year-old from Huddersfield, a new Northern Diamonds professional, posted scores of 64 and 71 in two matches against the Cumbrians, whilst also taking 3-7 and 2-16 with her leg-spinners.

In the morning game, Yorkshire racked up 174-5 from their 20 overs, with Armitage’s 64 coming off only 37 balls. Hannah Buck also chipped in with a more measured 33 off 36.

In reply, Cumbria were never in the hunt at their behind closed doors home venue, with Armitage’s three-for from four overs restricting them to 75-7. Ella Telford also claimed 1-18 in the 99-run success.

In the afternoon fixture, it was a similar story of dominance for Yorkshire.

Cumbria set a target of 120, with Armitage’s 2-18 from four supplemented by Grace Hall’s 1-19.

In reply, the day’s star ensured her side breezed to victory with a massive 38 balls to spare and with nine wickets in hand. Armitage crashed 71 off 42 balls before Buck and Beth Langston finished 18 not out apiece to wrap things up.

Yorkshire are back in action next Bank Holiday Monday against North East Warriors at Harrogate, once more playing twice in the day.

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