On bank holiday Monday Sussex Women faced Lancashire, who were unbeaten so far this season. It was a big day for the Sussex Women and Girls Cricket as it was the Inaugural Women’s match at their new home of the Sir Rod Aldridge Cricket Centre, which is based at Brighton Aldridge Community Academy.
Not only did the game between Sussex and Lancashire take place, but the sponsor of Sussex Women & Girls, Sir Rod Aldridge, and the Aldridge Foundation also attended. In addition to this many important people in the world of Sussex Cricket as well as Brighton and Portslade Aldridge Community Academies also attended on the day.
The Sussex Cricket Foundation provided inflatables which kept the crowd entertained when they were not watching the cricket. Over 150 people were in attendance and enjoyed watching the game from deckchairs and enjoying tea and cakes.
Sussex won the toss and were elected to bat first with Elwiss and Adams opening the batting. Both started to look comfortable against Lancashire’s bowlers, but England bowlers Cross and Ecclestone stopped them in their tracks in building a good partnership which left Sussex 31/2.
Taylor and Wyatt came to the crease and with the forthcoming World Cup coming up showed why they are in the England squad. Both players played with freedom, playing their shorts all around the ground and running well in particular. Wyatt reached her 50 first before she caught for 67 off the bowling of New Zealand International Satterthwaite.
Taylor reached her 50 before a huge mix up with Scholfield for a second run and was run out on 51. Sussex reached 199/9 off their 50 overs with Scholfield scoring 19 and Smith 11.
Norris and Burt opened the bowling for Sussex. Norris, who is a former student with the Aldridge Cricket Academy and very familiar with the pitch, took the early wicket off Lamb.
Jones and Satterthwaite started to put on a good partnership for Lancashire and were starting to look comfortable until Jones hit one into the air off Elwiss for Scholfield to take the catch and break the partnership.
Satterthwaite struggled to push the run rate along due to the pressure from the Sussex bowlers, and wickets kept falling round her. Scholfield and Smith caused the majority of the damage, with Smith finishing on 3/34 and Scholfield 2/32. Smith took the key wicket off Satterthwaite who scored 52 and the run rate was creeping up as the fog started to come in.
At 135 for 7 the fog had come in so much that the ball couldn’t be seen and the players came off. It was clear by the amount visibility the sides were not going to get out to the middle again, and the umpires made the decision to call it off, which meant with Lancashire’s slow run rate, Sussex came out victorious and got their second win in two days.
The day was a success, not only for the win against Lancashire but for the crowd to see the wonderful facilities Sussex Women and Girls Cricket now have and that they can now call home.
The Women now have a long break in the Royal London One Day Championship as they next face the NatWest T20 competition which starts on Sunday 18th June.