Wokingham CC hailed by ECBBy Adam Lee
August 29, 2012
Wokingham Cricket Club were highly praised for their staging of the national Twenty20 women’s county championship on Monday.
ECB representative Lisa Keightley, the former Australian batsman who is head coach of England Academy, said: “It was a fantastic day.
“It is a very impressive venue and I would think there is every chance of the ECB looking to stage more matches here in future.
“Murray Heslin (club secretary) has been extremely helpful all day, and I would also like to thank Simon Myles and his groundstaff team and also the ladies in the catering department, I would think people would want to come back just for the food.”
Berkshire’s director of cricket, Danny Hall, was also very impressed on his first visit to Sadlers End Road and said the county would certainly consider playing there in the future, starting with a one-day game.
England captain Charlotte Edwards, a member of the Kent team, added her praise, saying: “A big thank-you to everyone at Wokingham for hosting a great day.”
A good-sized crowd saw Berkshire reach the final, but only to be soundly beaten for the second year running.
Having knocked-out holders Kent in the semi-final, Berkshire were bowled out for just 52 and it took Sussex less than six overs to reach their target without loss.
Only Linsey Smith, with 12, reached double figures for Berkshire, who lost their first five wickets for just 15 runs.
There were three wickets apiece for Izi Noakes and Georgia Elwiss.
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Elwiss then finished with 16no, while Alexia Walker remained unbeaten on 39 as Sussex strolled to victory in the sixth over.
Earlier, Berkshire had made 117-9 against Kent with Asha Smith scoring 47, Alex Rogers 19 and Carla Rudd 18.
England captain Edwards made 37 in Kent’s reply of 113-9.
Knight took 3-19 and Sherisa Gumbs 2-20 on her 16th birthday.
Team manager John Dickinson said: “It was very disappointing final but the girls can still be proud of themselves.
“We have reached the final three years in a row, having won in 2010, and that is not a bad effort.
“Unlike the other counties, we have only one (Heather Knight) England player in our team this season, while we were also the youngest of the four semi-finalists with Asha Smith the oldest at 23. Most of our side are under 20.”
Between them the four semi-finalists included most of the England squad, along with several England Academy players.