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Surrey hold on after Sciver ton

Natalie Sciver hit a century as Surrey moved up to second in the Royal London Women's One-Day Cup Division One table with a seven-run win over Nottinghamshire.

Sciver was almost peerless as she struck a confident 154, in her side’s 242 for nine, but still Surrey had to hold on for victory as Notts threatened to pull of a remarkable chase at Reed’s School.

Jane Smit’s 77 was backed up by helpful contributions from Danni Wyatt and Sonia Odedra, who had earlier claimed 4-43.

Surrey held on though, with Sarah Clarke returning 4-47, as Notts finishing 235 for nine from their 50 overs.

The weather yesterday got the better of the other three top-flight matches, most significantly at PoloFarm Sports Club in Canterbury where leaders Kent were unable to get on against Berkshire.

Natalie Sciver hit a confident 154 as Surrey held on for a seven-run win over Nottinghamshire to move them up to second place

There was also no play at all for Yorkshire’s trip to Warwickshire, while Middlesex were denied at Southend after skittling last-placed Essex for 129 in 39.4 overs.

Sophia Dunkley and Izzy Westbury took three wickets apiece as Heather Graham’s 48 was the stand-out for Essex.

Middlesex were 28 for nine from eight overs in their reply before the players were forced off.

Devon missed the chance to close the gap on Division Two leaders Lancashire following a seven-wicket defeat to Ireland.

Laura Delany’s 5-30 helped restrict Devon to 150 for nine – Rosalie Fairburn contributing 65 – before Cecilia Joyce’s half-century helped Ireland move up to third in the table by reaching the target in 43.2 overs.

Evelyn Jones hit 90 as Staffordshire beat Wales by 54 runs.

In Division Three, Leicestershire beat Derbyshire by 60 runs while Northamptonshire overcame Oxfordshire by eight wickets.

Suffolk secured a five-wicket win over Cumbria in their top-of-the-table clash in the North & East section of Division Four while Norfolk beat Cambridgeshire by 64 runs.

Janet Godman’s unbeaten century was not enough for Wiltshire as they lost to Cornwall by eight wickets in the South & West section.

Leaders Shropshire won the other game in the section by five wickets against Buckinghamshire.

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