Essex Women U18 to face Surrey in County Cup quarter-final


Essex Women Under-18s will take on Surrey in New Malden on Friday after progressing to the quarter-finals of the 50-over ECB County Cup tournament.

Having topped a group containing Northamptonshire, Buckinghamshire, and Hertfordshire with four wins from six, the young Eagles will join the seven other group winners in the finals stage.

Opponents Surrey finished ahead of Kent, Sussex, and Middlesex with three victories from their six outings, and will host the match, starting at 11:00am on Friday 18 August, at LSE Sports Ground.

The winners will face Devon or Berkshire, who play their quarter-final at Exeter Cricket Club at the same time, in the last four.

Meanwhile, the other half of the quarter-final draw consists of Staffordshire taking on Yorkshire at Moddershall CC, and Suffolk welcoming Nottinghamshire to Ipswich CC.

Jasmine Westley and Bella Howarth were the leading run-scorers for Essex in the group stage, hitting 149 runs at an average of 74.50, and 138 at 69.00, respectively.

Alongside those two, Sally Chapman led the way with the ball, picking up ten wickets at an average of just 7.70, while Prisha Bedi’s seven scalps at 11.43 and Bella Johnson’s six at 7.17 kept them close behind.