Victory over Lancashire sealed the Royal London Women’s One-Day Championship for Kent as they made it six wins from six to claim their first 50-over title since 2016.
There were a brace of wins for Hampshire, while both results went against Surrey. The other five counties won and lost a game apiece in the top tier.
Kent’s eighth 50-over trophy means the Horses have now become the most successful county in the history of the women’s County Championship.
For captain Tammy Beaumont, it was a victory of team spirit and togetherness: “I’m really proud of the team for winning the County Championship with a game to spare.
“We’ve had a lot of close games where we’ve shown a lot character to get over the line and the whole squad has had to contribute at times.
“We’ve really come together to beat a strong Yorkshire and Lancashire team this weekend and the title is a real credit to the girls, and to all the coaching staff who’ve worked so hard for us.”
Like proverbial London buses, after a bit of waiting the penultimate round of County Championship matches delivered two Division One hundreds at once. And one big ton in Division Two.
Surrey’s Bryony Smith – who’s been in fine form all season – scored 106 in a valiant effort against Nottinghamshire on Sunday, Amy Jones made an unbeaten 101 to take Warwickshire to their first win of the season, and England skipper Heather Knight went one better with 159* to steer Berkshire to victory over Wales in Division Two.
Fran Wilson hit the winning runs for Kent to continue her fine season, her half-century worth more like 100 according to her skipper Tammy Beaumont, given the bowler-friendly nature of the pitch.
Hampshire skipper Katie George made 80, while Middlesex’s Sophia Dunkley maintained her purple patch with 74* against Devon.
Jenny Gunn, like a fine wine, continues to impress at her new-old county Nottinghamshire. She scored 62* to take her to sixth in the Division One run-scoring charts. She’s also nipped in with 8 wickets.