Yorkshire won the toss on a very nice morning in Harrogate and decided to have a bat. This was their chance to set a challenging score and then look to restrict and hopefully bowl out Berkshire, who would chase.
The game set off at a pace and Lauren Winfield and Jess Watson attacked the boundary with every opportunity. The first wicket put on 73, when Watson, 33, was caught behind.
The score moved to 98 before Hollie Armitage (9) was the next to fall. Kathryn Doherty continued her fine recent form adding 63 for the third wicket when she fell for 22.
The innings was well held together by the Captain Winfield, who was out in the 43rd over bowled for a very well created 128. This was the captain’s maiden senior hundred and a chanceless one too.
The score finished on 253/9, so full batting points were secured.
Yorkshire’s first task was to try to remove Heather Knight early, although the England opener scored heavily from the attack last year, she was denied this year with a successful LBW for Laura Spragg, with the score on 8.
Lissie Macloud then led the fight back and stayed for much of the innings, scoring freely all-round the wicket to accumulate 76, when she left the crease. Aimee Simms bowled tight to claim 3/42 and the Berkshire innings fell short at 207/9.
This was a good win for Yorkshire who seemed to put behind them the disappointment from the previous week’s game.
There was a debut for Teresa Greaves for Yorkshire, another promising young cricketer. There was also disappointment for Berkshire with Emily Gerke having to leave the field after diving to stop the ball she landed heavily on her shoulder. After a visit to the A&E, with x-ray in hand on her return, she had broken her collar bone and the news that her season was now over.
Yorkshire aim to improve on this performance with a match against Essex at Goran Park on June 29. They welcome back Danni Hazell, who has been carrying a back problem but has been declared fit to play by England.