Sussex beat Worcestershire in style to secure 2nd place

Jamie Ramage
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Sussex beat Worcestershire in style to secure 2nd place

The openers in the middle. ©Jamie Ramage/Women's CricZone

Worcestershire won the toss and chose to bat. It was a good call as Sussex had just finished their first game of the day less than half an hour before. It kept the South Coast side out in the heat for another hour.

The opening bowlers for Sussex kept things tight from the beginning, the impressive Freya Davies bowled a maiden first up. Lauren Rowles would hit Davies for three fours in the third over. Chiara Green was not giving much away from the other end and she took the first wicket with the score on 22.

Chloe Hill again impressed with the bat as she top scored with 52 not out as he batted through the Worcestershire innings. It allowed the batters at the other end to attack with freedom. Sarah Glenn hit the only six before becoming Green’s second victim.

Together with Clare Boycott, Hill helped Worcestershire to add 47 for the fourth wicket. Worcestershire finished on 124 for 3. It was more than Sussex had scored in their first game, so it was going to be an interesting chase. Or so it was thought.

Sussex looked like a team in a hurry, and not only because it was a four-hour drive home for most of their players. Georgia Adams and Paige Scholfield who will be playing in the Kia Super League showed just what they offer in this format.

Both batters were looking to score quickly, Adams was rocketing along. At the end of the powerplay, Sussex were 47 for 0. Adams finished on 64 not out from just 38 balls that included 12 fours. The only Sussex wicket to fall was Scholfield who was run out for 29 from 28 balls.

The first wicket partnership ended on 95 and the game was all but won. In the end, Sussex reached their target with 37 balls still left.

While an impressive performance for Sussex, it was not enough for them to win the title as Middlesex won their games to finish top. Worcestershire also needed other results to go their way which unfortunately they didn’t.