Yorkshire Women’s emphatically defeated Berkshire by nine wickets in their latest match in the Royal London Women’s One Day Cup.
Yorkshire lost the toss, and Berkshire decided to bat first. The Berkshire innings started well with Alex Rogers and England’s vice-captain Heather Knight.
Katie Levick, Yorkshire’s opening bowler, took the first wicket with the score on 32 removing Knight caught by wicketkeeper Beth Mooney.
Yorkshire struck again, when Levick took a smart caught and bowled and Berkshire were 53 for 2 and the White Rose county looking to take control of the match.
England international Danielle Hazell was introduced to the attack and she was straight into her stride removing MacLeod first and then the hugely influential Australian superstar Alex Blackwell in bizarre circumstances. Hazell had an attacking field with Lauren Winfield under the helmet at short leg, Blackwell aimed a pull straight at her which deflected back from her knee looping over the batter and wonderful reactions from Mooney saw the dismissal complete and Yorkshire were well and truly on top.
The innings was now controlled with spin at both ends, Hazell going on to complete her 10 overs with figures of six for 28, whilst at the other end Katie Thompson replaced Levick and her figures of 10 overs six maidens one for seven runs shows how much she is improving and controlling her game. Berkshire were finally dismissed for 104.
Katie Levick (left) & Beth Mooney
Yorkshire’s reply started rapidly. Winfield and Mooney set about the total, however with the ball turning sharply this was always a task to score.
Extras helped start the innings, but soon Yorkshire’s top order were in command. Mooney scored 22 before she lost her wicket before Tea with the score on 43 for 1.
Katherine Brunt and Winfield set about the task after Tea and Brunt was not going to waste much time and in her unbeaten 41, she hit three maximums and three boundaries. Winfield was unbeaten on 42 with five fours.
A superb win for Yorkshire as they look to assert their authority on the top division. Next up is table-toppers Middlesex, who remain unbeaten with two victories. They are guests of Yorkshire at Harrogate on Sunday June 21. Before then, Yorkshire supporters will be able to watch the women’s team in action against Notts Outlaws at Headingley in T20 friendly as a curtain-raiser to the Yorkshire Vikings match against the Outlaws on Friday June 19. The match starts at 1.00pm.