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21st April 2024 Women

Tipton, Robson have North East Warriors on track for victory but end up losing to Yorkshire

An opening stand of 139  from Layla Tipton and Harriet Robson wasn’t enough for the North East Warriors to win their opening game of the ECB 50 over competition, falling to a 22-run defeat to Yorkshire at Seat Unique Riverside.

Yorkshire skipper Hannah Buck won the toss and elected to bat with her side cruising to a 50 partnership inside 10 overs.

Yorkshire got off to a strong start with an opening stand of 77 but a crafty piece of fielding from Emily Whiting who had the ball hit back to her only to find Amelia Oliver was out of her crease and departed for 33.

Erin Thomas was the next to go when Emily Naylor pinned the Yorkshire opener lbw for 60, picking up the crucial wicket of Thomas who was striking at 83 which included 8 fours, breaking the second wicket partnership at 32.

The visitors started strong with that bat but some tight bowling from the Warriors seamers in the middle period of the game, clawed things back as Olivia Miller, Grace Thompson and Whiting all struck as Yorkshire moved onto 159/4 with 10 overs to go.

Wicket-keeper Ellie Nightingale made her way to the middle and looked strong from the off, as she smashed an unbeaten 59 off 65 balls with 6 fours and 1 six supported by 19 not out from Elicia Pollard as Yorkshire closed their 50 overs on 235/6, with the wickets shared around from the Warriors attack.

Chasing 236, the Warriors got off to a strong start with an opening stand of 139 between Layla Tipton and captain Harriett Robson, before Tipton fell for 77, skipping up the wicket to lose her middle stump. North East Warriors then lost a second wicket quickly when Trudy Johnson was adjudged lbw for 4.

Harriett Robson looked well set to get the Warriors home but fell for 65 from 105 balls, with 6 fours.

The wicket of Johnson led to a collapse for the Warriors who lost 5 wickets for 40 runs as Bethany Slater claimed  4/32 and had Yorkshire back on top, as the North East Warriors were bowled out for 213.

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