Yorkshire Women’s defeated Surrey by one wicket in a dramatic game at Harrogate on Sunday.
Surrey won the toss and elected to field first on what looked a good wicket.
Batting first, Yorkshire opened the innings with Cecilia Allen and Elise Good another new partnership at the top of the innings due to international call-ups and injuries. Allen (9) was the first to lose her wicket and MacDonald then joined Good and the first big partnership of the innings was formed. However, it was clear to see that the big boundaries of Harrogate were to ensure that the rate was going to be slow.
MacDonald was next to fall for 34 with a loosely executed pull to the fielder on the square leg boundary. Soon followed by Maddie Walsh, who showed intent but was well held in her follow through by Clarke.
Hannah Buck joined Good, who was nearing her maiden 50, which she achieved, with a good shot through the covers, only to lose her wicket shortly after this with her score on 56. Kennedy Nuttall joined Buck in repairing the damage; however, runs were still not flowing. The running between wickets could have improved the end total with a little more commitment from both batters. Buck departed for a well-made 25 leaving our Captain, Laura Spragg to join Nuttall for the last three overs.
The score was pushed along very quickly and the total posted – 174 for six – was acceptable if a little below the score we looked like achieving earlier in the innings. Sarah Clarke was Surrey’s best bowler with figures of three for 27 from her 10 overs.
Elise Good (left) and Alex MacDonald
Surrey, who this year have struggled to build large scores in previous games, did not get off to the best of starts. Yorkshire claimed five early wickets and Surrey at 35 for five looked in trouble. However, sensible batting from Bryony Smith and Sarah Clarke, who posted an impressive, almost chanceless partnership, which took Surrey well over the 100 mark before MacDonald saw Spragg, catch Smith (35) at mid-on.
Cecily Scutt, captain of Surrey, joined Clarke who was soon to reach her fifty, to add to her bowling display earlier in the day. She finally departed for 51.
The visitors now required 19 runs from the final three overs with three wickets left, a target that was achievable with the way Yorkshire had bowled. However, in these last few overs, Spragg leading from the front, and Katie Thompson, bowling the last over, produced a wicket and left Surrey two short of victory. Phoebe Austin and Bea Firth all bowled some good overs during the innings for Yorkshire.
This tight win, along with news of Kent’s defeat and Sussex’s win at Lancashire, meant the games on the next day would mean that once again Yorkshire, Sussex and Kent could still win the Championship in 2015.
On Bank Holiday Monday we were due to play Sussex, again at Harrogate, but very heavy overnight rain and constant drizzle for much of the day, it meant the proceedings never started.
Kent, playing at home against Berkshire, were also rained off; this was Kent’s last fixture of the season. Kent could not prevent either Yorkshire or Sussex from winning the title when they play Lancashire (home) and Berkshire (home) respectively on the 13th September.
We look forward to seeing a good crowd on the 13th September at Harrogate CC for our final game, and hopefully a winning end to to the campaign. Entrance is free and we really would like to see you there.
Mark Loker, Yorkshire Women’s Coach