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Here are the top 10 players in each of the batting, bowling and overall categories from the fourth round of fixtures in Division One of Women's County Championship. The games were played on Sunday 19th May 2019 and the results were as follows


Hampshire 233/6 lost Kent 235/7
Notts 207/9 beat Warwickshire 203/9
Sussex 176/7 lost to Surrey 177/5
Lancashire 158 all out lost to Yorkshire 160/5





Martin Davies
20/05/19

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Here are the top 10 players in each of the batting, bowling and overall categories from the third round of fixtures in Division One of Women's County Championship. The games were played on Sunday 12th May 2019 and the results were as follows


Hampshire 128 all out lost to Sussex 129/9
Lancashire 241/6 beat Notts 195/9
Surrey 148 all out lost to Kent 152/3
Yorkshire 112 all out beat Warwickshire 108 all out




Martin Davies
13/V/19

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After three rounds of the Women's County Championship here are the current WCB MVP Ratings, taking into account performances by players in those first three games.




Martin Davies
13/V/19

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After two rounds of the Women's County Championship here are the current WCB MVP Ratings, taking into account performances by players in those first two games.





Martin Davies
08/V/19

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Here are the top 10 players in each of the batting, bowling and overall categories from the second round of fixtures in Division One of Women's County Championship. The games were played on Monday 6th May 2019 and the results were as follows

Yorkshire 190 all out beat Hampshire 131 all out
Warks 232 all out lost to Kent 233/3

Lancs 242/9 beat Surrey 241/7
Notts 150 all out beat Sussex 127 all out




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Here are the top 10 players in each of the batting, bowling and overall categories from the first round of fixtures in Division One of Women's County Championship. The games were played on Sunday 5th May 2019 and the results were as follows


Lancashire 179 all out beat Hampshire 163 all out
Kent 192/9 beat Notts 143 all out
Yorkshire 118 all out lost to Surrey 119/2
Warks 165 all out lost to Sussex 167/9





Martin Davies
08/V/19
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We thought it would be interesting to try and create an MVP (Most Valuable Player) system specifically for the Women's County Championship played here in England. The games are 50 over format with the first 10 overs of the game deemed to be Powerplay overs, during which time only two fielders are allowed outside the fielding ring. For the rest of the game, except the batting powerplay of five overs, four fielders are allowed outside the ring. During the batting powerplay only three fielders are allowed outside the ring.

The aim of the MVP calculations is to achieve parity between a good performance with either the bat or the ball, which means taking into account strike rate as well as runs scored for batsmen, and economy rate as well as wickets taken for bowlers.

For batting there are points for :-
i) weighted runs (ie depends where you bat - to reflect more opportunity to score runs in the top four for example)
ii) strike rate
iii) overall percentage of a team's runs
iv) plus bonuses for 50 & 100

For bowling there are points for
i) weighted wickets taken (more for top 4, then 5-6, then 7-8 & then 9-11);
ii) economy rate (linked to overs bowled)
iii) maidens
iv) bonus for 5 wickets

All players are also given points for catches, run outs, and stumpings and there is a bonus of five runs for each member of the winning team.

No system is perfect - sometimes a battling 7* off 35 balls might be the crucial innings in a game - but we hope that this MVP Rating system gives an idea of who the most valuable players are to their counties in each individual match and over the season as a whole.

The WCB MVP Rating will be updated and published after each round of the Women's County Championship.
Martin Davies
08/V/19
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As we look forward to a new season of county cricket a group of women's cricket supporters have decided to try and get more people along to watch the women playing the game.

The idea was first mooted by Worcestershire supporter Richard Clark, who thought that the lack of games in men's county cricket some weekends might throw up an opportunity to get some cricket lovers, who had not seen the women's game, out and watching their first women's match.

Richard reached out to established blogs Women's Cricket Blog and CRICKETher for help and, after looking at the fixtures in both the men's and womens games, Women's Cricket Day on 6th May was born.

A social media campaign is being launched today to try and achieve just this. The aim of the new campaign is to promote women’s county cricket to a wider audience and to encourage cricket lovers across the country to get out and discover a part of the game they may not know much about.

The campaign will be launched on Twitter today via a dedicated account (@WomensCricDay), using the hashtag #YourCounty. Cricket fans up and down the country will be encouraged to discover the hidden gem that is women’s county cricket by attending their nearest match on Monday 6th May.

England stars such as Heather Knight (Berkshire), Katherine Brunt (Yorkshire), Anya Shrubsole (Somerset) and Dani Wyatt (Sussex) will be in action for their counties on the Bank Holiday Monday, using it as a chance to hone their skills ahead of this summer’s series against both West Indies and Australia in the Women’s Ashes.

The campaign has already received massive support from within women's cricket and the aim is now to spread the word to all cricket lovers. Get out there and support #YourCounty.

Former England captain Charlotte Edwards said: “This is a brilliant campaign and something I really support. It’s important we raise awareness of women’s county cricket, and hopefully as a result we’ll get more cricket lovers watching and following their local counties.”

Any questions about the campaign should be addressed in the first instance to Richard Clark (womenscountycricket@outlook.com).

A full list of women’s county fixtures for Monday 6th May is below. All matches are scheduled to start at 11am.

Division 1:

Hampshire v Yorkshire - Totton and Eling Cricket Club, Southern Gardens, Totton, Southampton SO40 8RW

Kent v Warwickshire - Kent County Cricket Club, Beckenham, Worsley Bridge Rd, Beckenham BR3 1DR

Surrey v Lancashire - Guildford Cricket Club, The Sports Ground, Woodbridge Rd, Guildford GU1 4RP

Sussex v Nottinghamshire - Brighton Aldridge Community Academy, Lewes Rd, Brighton BN1 9PW

Divison 2:

Berkshire v Worcestershire - North Maidenhead Cricket Club, Summerleaze Rd, Maidenhead SL6 8SP

Devon v Wales - North Devon Cricket Club, 8 Sandhills, Instow, Bideford EX39 4LF

Somerset v Durham - Taunton Vale Sports Club, Gipsy Lane, Taunton TA2 6L

Division 3:

Cumbria v Leicestershire - Lindal Moor Cricket Club, Pennington Lane, Lindal-in-Furness LA12 0LA

Derbyshire v Scotland - Marehay Cricket Club, Warmwells Ln, Ripley DE5 8JB

Northumberland v Lincolnshire - Stocksfield Cricket Club, Main Road, Stocksfield NE43 7NN

Cambridgeshire v Netherlands - Bluntisham Cricket Club, Mill Lane, Bluntisham PE28 3LR

Norfolk v Northamptonshire - Cromer Cricket Club, Cromer NR27 0AU

Suffolk v Hertfordshire - Copdock and Old Ipswichian Cricket Club, Old London Road, Copdock, Ipswich IP8 3JN

Cornwall v Gloucestershire - Roche CC, Trezaise Road, Roche PL26 8HD

Dorset v Oxfordshire - Hamworthy Sports Club, Magna Road, Bournemouth BH21 3AP

Wiltshire v Buckinghamshire - South Wilts Cricket Club, The County Ground, Skew Bridge, Wilton Road, Salisbury SP2 9NY

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After two amazing, cliff-hanger semi-finals, there was a fear that the final of this year's WBBL04 competition, might be a let-down. It was not.

The Sydney Sixers were clear favourites with the undoubted Player of the Tournament, Ellyse Perry, at the heart of their team, but with an amazing supporting cast of Healy, Gardner, Burns, van Niekerk and Kapp, in the wings.

As for the Heat they have relied almost exclusively on local talent - much of it unsung. Sure they had Aussie contracted players Beth Mooney, Jess Jonassen and Delissa Kimmince, but under skipper Kirby Short, it was players such as the Harris sisters, Sammy-Jo Johnson, Josie Dooley, Jemma Barsby and Haidee Birkett (remember the semi-final catch?) that have won Heat many games this year. Overseas players Laura Wolvaardt and Sune Luus have simply been passengers, with batsman Wolvaardt never batting above 8 (she has scored just 67 runs in 14 appearances), and Luus not even making the 11 for Heat's last four games of the season.

It seemed inevitable then that the star-studded Sixers would ride roughshod over the plucky Heat. They won the toss and opted to bat. The idea being to put so many runs on the board that Heat simply melted in the ...well...the heat. But it wasn't to be that way.

The disciplined Heat bowlers kept the Sixers top order under pressure and despite starts removed Healy, Gardner and Perry before they could cut loose and then stifled the middle order, until Dane van Niekerk smashed 32* off 15 balls, with 33 runs coming from the last three overs to take Sixers to a par 131/7.

Gung-ho Heat batsmen Grace Harris and Johnson failed to make an impact, as Heat set about their task, but Mooney and Short added 84 for the third wicket in 11.3 overs to set up what looked like an easy victory, provided they held their nerve. When both were out in the same 15th over from van Niekerk it looked like they were going to throw it away. When Jonassen and Dooley went too it seemed almost inevitable. But nine off five balls from Wolvaardt (perhaps the most important nine runs she has ever scored?) left Heat needing just five off the last over. A single taken off the first ball and then Laura Harris swotted the second ball of Kapp's over to the boundary for a famous, and immensely popular victory.

The closeness of the last three games of the season; the powerful and elegant batting that has been seen throughout the tournament; the emergence of more young Aussie talent; the free-to-air television coverage and the growing crowd numbers, bode well for next year's earlier standalone competition. People are looking forward to it already!!
Martin Davies
26/I/19
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The four teams who will be fighting it out on Saturday for a place in the WBBL04 final will be...

Sixers, Thunder, Heat and Renegades

The Scorchers lost the first of their two games at the weekend to Strikers, and with Renegades beating Hurricanes (albeit only just), it meant it was Renegades that joined the other three in the semi-finals. Scorchers did beat Strikers the following day, but it was too little too late. Here is how the final table looked.

Final WBBL04 Ladder positions
This means that the semi-finals this Saturday will be
Thunder v Heat
followed by 
Sixers v Renegades

Sixers and Thunder are both hot favourites to make it through to the final, but Heat beat Thunder in their last match of the season, chasing down Thunder's 171/7 in the final over, thanks to a maiden WBBL04 century for Beth Mooney (102). It was the sixth century of WBBL04. There had only been five in the previous three years of the tournament. If Mooney could put on a repeat performance on the semi-final Heat could just upset the Sydney franchise.

Sixers too lost their last game, being bowled out by Stars for just 92. Ellyse Perry has, of course, been in sparkling form with the bat for Sixers, but it has meant that their middle order and below have had precious little time at the crease. If the Renegades were to winkle out Perry, Healy and Gardner cheaply then they could repeat Stars performance with the ball. Their bowlers are good enough to do it, but whether they could then hold their nerve with the bat is a slightly different matter.
Martin Davies
14/I/19

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