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Kent secure title success

Action and reaction following Kent's victory over Surrey - a result which saw them lift the Royal London Women's One-Day Cup

Kent regained their place at the top of the women’s county game by clinching the Royal London Women's One-Day Cup Division One title with a seven-wicket win over Surrey.

In an encounter between the top two teams in the league, Kent skittled out their opponents for 110 before knocking off the runs in under 20 overs to make sure of the championship.

Erin Bermingham took 4-16 while there were two wickets each for Laura Marsh and Charlotte Pape as Surrey, chasing their first championship, lost their last eight wickets for just 55 runs.

Kent were never in danger of failing to reach the total, with skipper Charlotte Edwards making 56 and fellow England internationals Tammy Beaumont and Lydia Greenway adding 29 and 16 respectively.

Grace Gibbs and Bermingham then pushed Kent over the line, seeing them retain the title from Sussex and win a sixth championship in nine years.

Heather Knight hit a century and took a five-wicket haul as Berkshire ended their campaign with a 76-run success over Warwickshire .

The England international hit seven fours in her 106-ball knock before being stumped off Anisha Patel. The opener was the last one out in a total of 199.

Knight then took 5-14 from nine overs, as Warwickshire struggled in response.

Georgia Hennessey and Marie Kelly were the only ones to reach double figures – the former falling two runs short of a half-century.

In yesterday’s other Division One fixture, Natasha Miles and Catherine Dalton’s century partnership helped Middlesex successfully chase 178 to beat Sussex by five wickets.

Lancashire took automatic promotion and the Division Two title despite losing their unbeaten record with a 47-run defeat to Staffordshire .

Evelyn Jones hit 87 for Staffordshire, who scored 199, with England’s Katie Cross taking three wickets.

Cross then hit a fifty with the bat, but Lancashire slumped to 153 all out in the 40 th over.

Somerset edged Ireland by 10 runs to secure second spot, thanks largely to Sophie Luff and Fran Wilson who hit 90 and 89 respectively in a total of 226 for nine.

Jenny Withers then took 3-39 as Ireland were dismissed for 216 with four balls of their innings remaining.

Elsewhere, Devon beat Durham by six wickets while Wales romped to a nine-wicket success against Cheshire .

In Division Three, Scotland beat Gloucestershire by six wickets despite Alex MacDonald’s 117 not out.

Joanne Gardner took 5-23 as Northamptonshire strolled to a nine-wicket victory over Hampshire while Charlotte Horton’s unbeaten 69 saw Derbyshire win by eight wickets against Hertfordshire .

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