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Greenway primed for final push

Lydia Greenway

Lydia Greenway hits down the ground at Lord's during the recent one-day series against New Zealand that England won

Lydia Greenway could be forgiven for feeling a sense of déjà vu as Kent prepare to face Sussex in Sunday's winner-takes-all LV= Women's County Championship decider.

Last season Kent needed just a point from their final game against Sussex and this season's scenario is almost as straightforward.

Despite a re-jigging of the points system - the average points are calculated rather than a team's overall tally - Kent know they will be champions again if they win at Horsham.

"We are in exactly the same situation as we were last year," Greenway told ecb.co.uk.

"We are hoping to win the game as it will be a more rewarding way of winning the championship. A draw should be enough but it's dangerous to aim for that as you get into a negative mindset. We are in a good position but we won't be taking anything for granted.

"It should be a good game against Sussex. We are confident but they are a strong side and we know we need to bring our 'A' game."

That Kent are a cigarette paper's width ahead of Sussex is due to accumlating nine more batting bonus points, most of which came courtesy of Greenway and Charlotte Edwards.

In the 13 games they have played, both have scored one century and seven fifties with Edwards posting 745 runs to Greenway's tally of 731. Their averages are impressive too, Greenway leading the charge on 91 and Edwards a little way behind on 68.

Greenway's impressive stats are reward for the hours of hard work she has put in with England coach Mark Lane.

Perhaps guilty in the past of leaving her best form in the nets, Greenway is showing signs of becoming a batsman of real substance which was proved by her picking up the player of the one-day series award against New Zealand this summer.

"I have really enjoyed my cricket this year," said the left-hander.

Lydia Greenway

Greenway has worked hard both on and off the field and is now starting to reap the rewards for Kent and England

"I've worked really hard on my technique this year. I am trying to be more adaptable at the crease. You can have all the shots in the book but you must use them at the right time. In the past I have just got out.

"Lottie [Edwards] and Tails [Claire Taylor] are brilliant at it and I feel like I am getting there. You have to keep working at it.

"I probably would not have had the same success for Kent this year if I didn't have Lottie at the other end of the wicket reining me in. She really knows her game."

Greenway has noticed an improvement in the standard of women's domestic cricket this year with Kent and Sussex pushed hard by the likes of Berkshire and Yorkshire.

"Yorkshire got promoted from Division Two last year and they have given everyone a run for their money," she said.

"They have lots of experience as well as Katherine Brunt in their side. Berkshire are the same.

"Having a strong domestic league is good for women's cricket. We want to be playing tough games as that will improve you as a cricketer."

Victory and a fourth title in five years would allow Kent to lay claim to being the best side in the land but Greenway insists monopolising the league is not something that spurs them on.

"It will be really satisfying if we do that but we won't be looking that far ahead," she said.