Tuesday, July 2nd, 2019


Worcestershire Women’s Rapids ended their Vitality County T20 campaign on a winning note with an eight wicket victory over Derbyshire at Himley.

The Rapids ended the campaign with three victories and three defeats – plus the double wash-out of the fixtures with Essex and Cricket Scotland at Leyton – and a total of 14 points.

They ended level on points with Devon and had a better net run rate and secured more victories – three to two – as well as winning the fixture between the two sides.

Derbyshire were put into bat and were quickly reduced to 19-2 with Emily Arlott removing both openers.

Left arm spinner Flora Bertwhistle, who has been impressive throughout the competition, and Jessica Humby then broke the back of the innings to leave Derbyshire on 64-6.

Humby finished with 4-0-33-4, Bertwhistle 3-0-16-2 and Arlott 4-0-25-2 while Sarah Glenn conceded only 14 runs in her four overs.

Chasing a total of 123-8, captain Georgie Adcock led by example in hitting a splendid unbeaten 71 as victory was achieved with 3.2 overs to spare.

Adcock faced just 50 balls and struck one six and 11 fours.

She featured in stands of 58 with Rachel Howells (22 with five fours) and 64 with Chloe Hill (16).

The Rapids had also come close to winning the first game of the double header at Himley before going down by five runs to Somerset.

Excellent bowling from Clare Boycott (4-0-10-3) and Bertwhistle (4-0-11-2) was the feature of the Somerset innings of 131-6 after they had been put in.

The visitors were indebted to an unbeaten 48 off 47 balls from opener and captain Sophie Luff.

In reply, the Rapids were in trouble at 40-4 but captain Adcock and Arlott (35 off 33 balls with five fours) added 50 for the fifth wicket.

The ninth over from Niamh Holland was a varied affair providing two wickets, two wides and a six and four to Adcock off successive balls.

Adcock made exactly 50 off 42 balls with one six and eight fours and was fifth out with the total on 90.

The Rapids needed 13 off the final over and Arlott was dismissed from the penultimate ball as they closed on 126-6.