Beaumont’s Kent cruise to women’s county title
With no final and little fanfare, Kent romped to the Royal London Women’s County One-day Championship crown with a game to spare. A six-wicket victory over Lancashire made it six wins in a row, sealing a record eighth title in what is likely to be the final One-day County Championship.
Shrewd recruiting, combined with a strong mix of experience – they are captained by England’s Tammy Beaumont – and exciting talent, have made Kent a well-balanced side, which was enough to see off second-placed Yorkshire.
The women’s county version is amateur and features only limitedovers cricket. In line with the restructuring of the men’s domestic game, however, the 50-over and Twenty20 competitions are set to be reorganised in favour of a regional competition alongside The Hundred. It is part of an initial £20 million investment by the England and Wales Cricket Board, which the governing body hopes is the first step of many towards the semi-professionalisation of the domestic women’s game.
It has not been without its controversies, however, and there remains concern around the uncertainty brought by the ECB’S decision not to finalise next year’s structure of women’s domestic cricket until the end of this season.
Middlesex will play a competitive women’s county match for the first time on the main ground at Lord’s today, when they play Surrey for the annual London Cup.