Women XI: Essex v Northamptonshire – Match Report


Northamptonshire v Essex Women
ECB Women’s County Championship T20, Group Seven
Billericay CC
Monday 08 April 2023

Essex: Catherine Dalton, Grace Poole, Scarlett Hughes (wk), Kelly Castle (c), Katherine Speed, Matilda Callaghan, Esmae MacGregor, Bella Johnson, Prisha Bedi, Sally Chapman, Beth Dodd and Francesca Hughes.

Northamptonshire: Jodi Grewcock, Josie Groves, Josie Groves, Hayley Brown, Joanne Gardner, Alicia Presland, Bethany Ascott, Patricia Hankins (c), Bethan Solomon, Rachael Potter, Anje Lague, Poppy Smart (wk).

Match 1 Details:

Umpires: Joanna Johnson & Debra Foye
Toss: Essex won the toss and elected to bowl
Result: Northamptonshire won by seven wickets

Match 1 Report:

Northamptonshire 68/9 (20.0 overs)
Essex 69/5 (16.1 overs)

Northamptonshire came out on top by seven wickets in the first meeting. After having taken the ball, the visitors restricted Essex to 84-9 from their twenty overs.

Katherine Speed top scored with 20, while Catherine Dalton was the only other Essex batter to reach double figures, hitting 19. Meanwhile, there were two wickets apiece for Northants trio, Josie Groves, Alicia Presland and Patricia Hankins.

Northants chased down their target with 9 balls to spare. Jodi Grewcock’s unbeaten 44 proved decisive as she carried her bat with Prisha Bedi, Kelly Castle and Beth Dodd tasting tempered success with the ball for the home side.

Match 2 Details:

Umpires: Joanna Johnson & Debra Foye
Toss: Essex won the toss and elected to bowl
Result: Essex won by five wickets

Match 2 Report:

Essex swiftly gained revenge with a five-wicket success over Northants in another low-scoring contest.

Grace Poole, Sally Chapman and Esmae Macgregor each claimed 2 wickets as Northants were restricted to 68-9. Rachael Potter, unbeaten on 12, was the only visiting batter to get into double-figures.

Essex reached Northants total with the first ball of the seventeenth over. Grace Poole hit 17, while Josie Groves did her utmost with the ball for Northants, finishing with impressive figures of 3/7 from her 3.1 over-spell.