Surrey Women recorded another conclusive London Championship victory – dispatching Middlesex by 90 runs at The Kia Oval yesterday.
The victory puts Surrey, defending their title in the second year of the competition, in second place in the group, with the chance to leapfrog Kent if they win their final game against Essex at Billericay on Monday July 12th.
Surrey lost the toss and were asked to bat yesterday, with Chloe Brewer (18), Maddie Blinkhorn-Jones (62) and Kirstie White (35) getting the innings off to a flying start, they were quickly into three figures.
At 152/3, with Blinkhorn-Jones and Alice Capsey (26) at the crease Surrey were well on target to secure maximum batting points by scoring throughout their innings at five an over.
However, that quickly became 161/5, leaving Rhianna Southby (30) and Amy Gordon (39) to add 72 for the sixth wicket and help Surrey towards an eventual total of 253/8.
In response, Middlesex continued the trend of strong starts with Cordelia Griffith (86) and Gemma Marriott (15) putting on 64 for the first wicket before Beth Kerins secured Marriott LBW.
Griffith continued to dominate the innings but lacked support from the other end. No other Middlesex player made double figures and when the opener was seventh out, caught by Capsey off Claudie Cooper, the chase was over and Middlesex were all out shortly afterwards for 163.
Cooper (3/28) and Eva Gray (3/22) were the pick of the bowlers for Surrey, with Dani Gregory (1/30) and Capsey (1/20) also contributing some very tight spells that sped along the end of the Middlesex innings.
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London Championship standings
Kent currently lead the way having played all of their four games and secured 52 points. Surrey are second with 40 points from three games and will go top if they beat Essex in their final game, at Billericay CC on Monday July 12th.
Sussex have only played two games and currently sit in third place. Should they defeat Essex on Sunday July 17th and Middlesex on Wednesday September 1st, the title will likely be decided on who scores the most bonus points during these final games.
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