Lancashire Women Champions
of Division Two
Lancashire Women have gone from strength to strength over the last 2 seasons with a lot of hard work and dedication by all the squad members and coaches. The team is an extremely young and talented side who are consistently performing at both county age group and senior women’s levels with many players also performing in England age group, England Academy and with Kate Cross in the full England Women’s National side.Jasmine Titmuss, Lancashire Women’s captain, said: “Every single player in this Lancashire Women squad has contributed to us being promoted this season. I am immensely proud of each and every one of the girls and it has been an honour to take this group of girls through thick and thin to Division 1. I have had fantastic support this season from all of the coaching and performance staff, Daniel Atkinson, Shaun Anders, Stephen Titchard and Jenny Laycock. It has been an absolute privilege having Lancashire and England Women’s Kate Cross in the side not only for her obvious skills and knowledge of the game, but for her support and her brilliance as a role model to the younger players. It means so much as a team and as a county to be promoted and we will relish the opportunity to play in the top flight next season. There will be a lot of extremely hard work put in this winter by myself and all of the squad and coaching staff in order to hit Division 1 with a bang next April and hopefully show that Lancashire Women's 1st XI are here to stay!”
Lancashire Women will now compete at the highest level in 2015 and play against the likes of England Women’s captain Charlotte Edwards’s Kent, who finished as Division 1 and League Champions. They will also rekindle the War of the Roses when they play Yorkshire in the top flight.
Lancashire Women have gone from strength to strength over the last 2 seasons with all of the hard work paying off at the weekend seeing us achieve promotion into Division 1 of the Royal London One Day Cup for 2015. We have an extremely young and talented side who are consistently performing at both county age group and 1st team levels with many players also performing in England age group, England Academy and full National side by Kate Cross. This season has allowed us to flourish and build as a team showing skills with both bat and ball and seeing us dominate in nearly every single game that we have played.
This season’s campaign started at Liverpool CC against Ireland. We knew that this first game would set the tone for the season, against difficult opposition who compete at a National level. Ellie Threlkeld and Hannah Jones both members of the England Women's Development Programme were making their debut for us. We won the toss and decided to bowl first. Kate Cross took their opener with the first ball of the game and the match went from there. Ireland were all out for 122 of 34.1 overs with Kate Cross finishing on 4/29. We saw off the total with Emma Lamb on an unbeaten 57 supported by debutant Ellie Threlkeld with 31. We travelled to Somerset for the second game of our double header opening weekend. We wanted to make sure that we took this momentum forward with us to Somerset who again were tough opposition. We won the toss again and decided to stick the southern side in. A repeat of the day before saw an early wicket with Somerset all out for 130 off 31 overs. Megan Fairclough shone with the ball finishing on 4/24. Emma Lamb again saw us home on 62 not out supported by her opening partner Laura Marshall with 32. The opening weekend was a great success! Worcestershire were our next rivals which saw a very rainy trip to the midlands only to watch it carry on raining. We were playing Durham the next day so a long journey via Meadowhall for some much needed retail therapy and a Yo Sushi set us up for the next day of play. Arriving at the ground the next morning with the sun out was a big relief, winning the toss for the third game in a row we didn't stray from our strengths and elected to bowl. Durham set a very slow total of 105/7 in their 50 overs. We decided to make it very difficult for ourselves seeing us in a spot of bother at 56-7. However Bhumika Doshi came to the crease and scored a very sensible 33 from 33 balls with us eventually making it over the line with 1 wicket to spare in the 35th over. Phew! The next game saw us hosting Cheshire at home. Another toss went Lancashire’s way deciding a bat would make a nice change first. This decision was backed up by a fantastic display that saw us finish on 209/4 from our 50 overs with Nat Brown hitting a fantastic 112 not out. Cheshire couldn't see off our total with them all out for 105 in 44 overs, Nalisha Patel finishing on 3/25. Our biggest challenge of the season was now upon us, Devon at home. Devon were close on our tail for the top of the table position and we needed to win to hold them off the top spot! Another toss won and we elected to bowl. Cross and I had a fantastic opening spell seeing Devon 52-5, but Devon finished posting 227/7 from their 50 overs. Nerves were jangling in the camp but a fantastic mid-order partnership from Nat Brown who got 66 and Kate Cross, who finished on 63 not out, saw the Red Rose side home with 3 overs to spare! Wales were the next challenge, winning the toss and choosing to put us into bat. We posted a solid 167/8 in our 50 overs with the Welsh side falling short at 104 all out. Our spinners saved the day with Nalisha Patel finishing with 4/25 and young Hannah Jones on 3/17. The big day then arrived, we had worked out that we couldn't be beaten at the top of the table and that promotion was upon on. We still however had one more game to win to see us take the title with a 100% winning record. Staffordshire were not going to make it easy winning the toss, batting first and posting 199 for 7. We slumped to 47-6 and a very embarrassing final game was nearly witnessed. Some good batting by Kate Cross who finished on 54 and Meg Fairclough steadied the ship. Fairclough’s dismissal saw Nalisha Patel at the crease playing a sensible innings getting us to 127-8. Hannah Jones and Nalisha Patel battled it out getting us to 152 all out with Patel finishing on 28 not out. The 100% record wasn't to be, but the celebrations weren't tarnished with Lancashire Women finishing top of the table and gaining promotion! Lots of champagne got wasted during our celebrations and it was a fantastic moment to be part of.
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