Stubbon Sussex give nothing away as they beat Notts

Jamie Ramage
24 Jun 2019
Stubbon Sussex give nothing away as they beat Notts

Freya Davies bowls Sussex to victory. ©Jamie Ramage/Women's CricZone

Sussex beat Nottinghamshire by 42 runs in the first of a triple bill of games which also involved Wales. Players from Notts and Sussex make up the bulk of the Loughborough Lighting side that will take part in the Kia Super League in August. This was an ideal opportunity for the captain of that side Georgia Elwiss to look at her players.

It would be a good day for Elwiss as she had a golden day in the Collingham sun. Along with Georgia Adams, her Sussex captain both strolled out to bat. they put Sussex in a good position with an opening stand of 49 only to be broken by another Lightning player Kirstie Gordon.

The outfield was on the slow side as was the pitch. There was more than a green tinge to the strip that the players were playing on.

This area of Nottinghamshire had seen heavy rain in the last fortnight and that will have had some bearing on the conditions. On the outskirts of Newark Collingham is a busy little village. Its railway station is the second busiest on the line between Nottingham and Lincoln. The cricket ground was busy as well with a boy’s county match on the other pitch.

Along the main road lorries, shuttle eggs drive past and Notts were made to rue a shelled catch in the over after Adams had gone for 36. Elwiss was able to carry on to joint top score for Sussex.

Sussex finished on 118 for 5 from their allotted overs. Sonia Odedra with 2 for 17 and Gordon with 2 for 16 ensured Sussex didn’t score more.

It did seem a modest total, even considering the slow pitch and outfield. Tara Norris and Freya Davies strangled the Notts top order in the powerplay and Nottinghamshire never recovered.

At the halfway point Notts were 29 for 4. Odedra was bowled in the ninth over for 14.

Sussex had handed two players their debuts for the first team. Hollie Young and Freya Kemp. With the contest all but over Adams was able to throw the ball to her new players.

Young took the wicket of Notts captain Lucy Higham for 23. She would finish with figures of 2 for 8.

Sussex went straight into a game with Wales while Notts would have to wait their turn to take on the side from the principality.