Double blow for Essex Women

Essex Women suffered a T20 South East Group double-header defeat at the hands of Kent at The Cloudfm County Ground.

Match One:

Umpires: Angela Tuff & Tracey Murphey
Toss: Essex won and elected to bat first
Result: Kent won by 5 wickets

Essex: Catherine Dalton, Scarlett Hughes (wk), Jessica Bird, Kelly Castle (c), Katherine Speed, Jessica Olorenshaw, Hayley Brown, Kate Midwood, Jasmine Westley, Grace Poole, Emma Jones, Esmae MacGregor

Kent: Sarah Bryce (wk), Grace Gibbs, Phoebe Franklin, Alice Davidson-Richards (c), Grace Scrivens, Kalea Moore, Ryana Macdonald-Gay, Alexa Stonehouse, Hannah Jelfs, Megan Belt, Coco Streets

Essex suffered at the hands of Kalea Moore (3 for 8) and Alice Davidson-Richards (3 for 9) as they were skittled, three balls shy of completing their innings for just 74. Hayley Brown and Kate Midwood both scored 16, while Catherine Dalton was the only other Essex batter to reach double figures with 12.

Despite losing five wickets, Kent reached their target inside 14 overs. Grace Scriven was unbeaten on 23, whilst Katie Midwood (2 for 23) was the pick of the Essex bowlers.

Match Two:

Umpires: Angela Tuff & Tracey Murphey
Toss: Essex won and elected to field first
Result: Kent won by 32 runs

Essex: Catherine Dalton, Scarlett Hughes (wk), Jessica Bird, Kelly Castle (c), Katherine Speed, Jessica Olorenshaw, Hayley Brown, Kate Midwood, Jasmine Westley, Grace Poole, Emma Jones, Esmae MacGregor

Kent: Sarah Bryce (wk), Grace Gibbs, Phoebe Franklin, Alice Davidson-Richards (c), Grace Scrivens, Kalea Moore, Ryana Macdonald-Gay, Alexa Stonehouse, Hannah Jelfs, Megan Belt, Coco Streets

Kent skipper, Alice Davidson-Richards finished unbeaten on 60 off 45 balls, while Grace Scrivens contributed with 39 as the visitors posted a sizable 140-5.

Catherine Dalton’s 38 off 49 deliveries the highlight of the Essex innings, while Katherine Speed hit 20 but once again, the home side came up short, with Kent winning by 32 runs.

Brian Jeeves

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