We moved on to Warwickshire arriving with our full quota of players, although Lauren Winfield was slightly under the weather with a bout of tonsillitis. Our team was changed from Sunday to accommodate the returning Internationals and the choice of who to rest was not an easy decision to make.
Warwickshire won the toss and choose to bowl first. Winfield and Jess Watson got off to a strong start with runs scored around the ground, however the over long boundaries did manage to reduce the scoring shots once again. The opening pair put on 51 for the first wicket before one slowed on Watson (22) and she spooned a catch to Grundy. Another 50+ partnership with Mooney and Winfield followed before Mooney (26) also spooned a simple caught and bowled to Grundy.
This brought Katherine Brunt to wicket, fresh from Sri Lanka, well almost, unfortunately falling to our second LBW, when there appeared doubt in the decision. Danni Hazell was next to the crease before Winfield also fell to a catch in the deep for a well-crafted 64, great start for the Captain. Contributions from Hazell (22), Spragg (16) and Yorkshire finished on 207 for 9 from 50 overs.
Time to field and with the return of Brunt, comes the pace and 110% attention to task, as she came in from the far end of the ground looking for wickets and she was rewarded with two of them as Warwickshire struggled to 51/7. The other wickets falling to Levick, who was making things happen on a deteriorating wicket with her leg spin, gripping, turning and bouncing. She finished with fine figures of 5 for 19 from her spell, a great start to the season for Katie.
Katherine Brunt (left) and Katie Levick
The last couple of Warwickshire batters played some good cricket seeing off the bowling attack and then set about scoring some runs of their own. All be it with the field still in attack mode, the youngsters of Warwickshire showed some grit and determination in holding Yorkshire out. The final score of 121 for 8 not enough to trouble the total. It was enough to show signs of promise for the season ahead.
A trip of over 560 miles over the weekend and two good performances from all the squad have helped to set the tone for the rest of the season ahead, well played girls.
Mark Loker, Women’s Coach