England skipper smashes 159 not out as Berks win again
Heather Knight produced a truly magnificent performance to lead Berkshire Women to a thrilling three-wicket win over Wales at Pontarddulais CC on Bank Holiday Monday. Playing her last game for the county before leading England into action against West Indies, she smashed an unbeaten 159 off 125 balls in a total of 236-7 as Berkshire replied to Wales' 232-9 (Alex Griffiths 69). Heather's first 50 came off 60 balls, but she then accelerated, reaching 100 off 89 and 150 off 118, hitting a total of one 6 and 15 boundaries. She lost six partners on the way before being joined by Millie Allerton who contributed 17 (3x4s) from 47 balls in an unbroken eighth-wicket stand of 83. It was her second century of the season, the first having come on the early May Bank Holiday Monday against Worcestershire. Berkshire reached their target with two and a half overs to spare as they completed a very successful weekend following their win over Durham on Sunday. In Wales' innings, skipper Lissy MacLeod was the most successful of the six Berkshire bowlers with figures of 8-1-41-3, while Lauren Bell claimed 2-41 from eight overs. This was Berkshire's fifth win in five completed games - the other was abandoned due to rain - and they top Division 2 with 94 points, nine clear of second-placed Middlesex with Essex third on 77. Their remaining championship fixture is against Middlesex at Mill Hill School on Sunday, June 2 with coach Danni Warren involved in both camps.