The Yorkshire Vikings Women’s team start their NatWest Women’s T20 campaign with a victory and defeat in their double-header on Sunday against Surrey and Sussex respectively at Horsley & Send Cricket Club, Leatherhead.
In the opening match the Vikings stormed to victory against Surrey by 10 wickets before losing out to a strong Sussex side in the second game the side lost by eight wickets.
Surrey won the toss and on a very miserable morning, with mist still falling, Yorkshire were asked to bowl first.
The Vikings started well with Kathrine Brunt and Katie Levick opening the bowling and changes were made frequently by the captain Lauren Winfield to look for some way to break the opening partnership that Kirsty White and Nat Sciver had set.
The first wicket fell at 55, when Alex MacDonald claimed the first of her four wickets bowling White. MacDonald continued to impress she had Sciver caught behind by Beth Mooney from a mistimed pull shot with the score on 66. A partnership between Rowe & Candy took the total past 100 and some good, quick running between the wickets at the end saw Surrey reach 122 for 7 from their 20 overs.
Yorkshire opened their account with a very positive mind set. Australian Mooney scored 62 from 57 balls and has settled well into the English game. England international Lauren Winfield also in the runs with 53 not out from 50 balls. The runs flowed and even the introduction of England bowler Sciver did not prevent her from the onslaught.
Yorkshire passed 50 in the 8th over and soon took total domination with the winning runs and both batters passing 50 on the way to a 10-wicket win.
Beth Mooney (left) and Katie Levick, who took Yorkshire’s two wickets in the second match against Sussex.
Yorkshire won the toss and on an improving weather front and elected to bat first on a pitch that did not really offer much once the early seam had worn off.
The early loss of Lauren Winfield (5) to a great return catch from Australian Erin Osbourne, when the score was 17, was not in the script.
Sussex’s strong bowling unit, backed up by their fielders, certainly kept Yorkshire tied down. Mooney (15) followed Maddie Walsh (6) back to the pavilion. Katherine Brunt hit a very useful 31 from 42 balls.
Yorkshire managed a disappointing 85 for 6 from their 20 overs, which Sussex would reach with five overs to spare.
The opening partnership of Georgia Adams (40 from 41 balls) and Georgia Elwiss (25 from 35 balls) set the perfect platform. Yorkshire managed two wickets with Katie Levick the most successful bowler with figures of two for 20 from three overs.
The Yorkshire side, although not at full strength due to various scenarios, can be proud of their performances during the two games.
On Sunday it’s is back to Championship cricket for the women’s team at Harrogate, when they take on top of the table side Middlesex, 11.0am start.