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Berkshire Women go top of the table after beating Durham

By Dave Wright

It's now four straight wins at Summerleaze

Berkshire made it four home wins in a row by defeating Durham by 36 runs with a solid all-round team performance at North Maidenhead CC's Summerleaze ground.
With title rivals Devon suffering their first defeat in a 65-run loss to Essex at Billericay, Danni Warren's unbeaten team go top of ECB Women's County Championship Division 2 with 76 points, nine ahead of Devon and Middlesex, second and third respectively.
Having won the toss, Berkshire made a solid start on a good batting strip with an opening partnership of 102 before Emily Cunningham was lbw for 41.
Sophie Day went on to make 59 off 107 balls and Heather Knight 38, who was the third wicket down at 174-3.
Lissy MacLeod kept the runs flowing with an unbeaten 53 from 43 deliveries, while Anya Shrubsole contributed a quick 12, Amanda Potgieter 15, Lauren Bell 14 and Kate Coppack 6 not out.
Durham conceded 47 extras (including 31 wides) as Berkshire racked up a formidable 285-6 from their 50 overs.
Early wickets for Shrubsole and Phoebe Graham suggested it could be an easy ride for the hosts, but northern grit saw the visitors work their way into the game with a third-wicket stand of 80, followed by another partnership of 52.
However, Coppack trapped Becky Glen lbw for 37, MacLeod saw Rachel Hopkins (54) smartly stumped by Mia Rogers and when MacLeod enticed Ami Campbell (42) to loft a catch into the safe hands of Knight, Berkshire had regained control of the game.
Durham, who batted far better than they had bowled and fielded, finished up on 249-9.
Graham took 3-39 off 10 overs, Coppack 3-38 off 10, MacLeod 2-47 off 10 and Shrubsole 1-29 off seven in what was almost certainly Anya's last appearance this season for Berkshire due to her England commitments.
In an excellent team performance, the only slight blemish was the fact they gave away 42 extras (25 wides), just five fewer than the total conceded by Durham.
Among those who watched the game were Summerleaze owner and major Berkshire sponsor Peter Prior, and long-time Berkshire Women's sponsor Barun Guha, the father of TV cricket commentator and former Berkshire player Isa Guha. He is pictured with the team after the game.

Updated 19:31 - 26 May 2019 by Dave Wright

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