Women's County Championship

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Women's County Championship
Administrator England and Wales Cricket Board
Format Limited overs cricket
First tournament 1997
Tournament format League system in five divisions
Number of teams 37
Current champion Sussex
Most successful Sussex (6 titles)
2014 Women's County Championship

The Women's County Championship (currently known as the Royal London Women's One Day Championship for sponsorship reasons) is an international women's cricket league consisting of county teams from England and Wales, and the national teams from Scotland, Ireland and the Netherlands.[1] It was introduced in 1997 to replace the existing Women's Area Championship.

The teams competing in the Championship are mostly based around the historic counties of England, however there are several exceptions: the Scottish national side has competed in the competition since 2007, while their Irish and Dutch counterparts joined in 2009.[2][3]

The current champions are Sussex, who are the most successful team with six wins to their name.

History[edit]

The inaugural Women's County Championship took place in 1997, with 16 teams competing in three divisions.[4] This first tournament was organised and run by the Women's Cricket Association, which voted to merge with the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) on 29 March 1998.[5] As such, the ECB has administered the competition since 1998.[5]

Structure[edit]

The 37 teams that make up the Championship are split into four divisions, with the bottom division split into two groups based on geographical location. This structure was used for the first time in 2009, with each team's division determined by their final position in the 2008 competition.[6] Previously each division had four teams, and a "festival finale" was held at the County Ground, Taunton, but this was scrapped to avoid the risk of rain affecting many games over a short period.[6] These divisions for the 2012 season are:

Division One Berkshire Essex Kent Middlesex Nottinghamshire Somerset Surrey Sussex Yorkshire
Division Two Cheshire Devon Durham Lancashire Netherlands Staffordshire Wales Warwickshire Worcestershire
Division Three Cambridgeshire and Huntingdonshire Derbyshire Gloucestershire Hampshire Hertfordshire Ireland A Leicestershire Northamptonshire Scotland
Division Four North & East Buckinghamshire Cumbria Norfolk Northumberland Suffolk
Division Four South & West Cornwall Dorset Oxfordshire Shropshire Wiltshire

Roll of honour[edit]

Year Champions Runners-up Leading run-scorer Leading wicket-taker Refs
2013 Sussex Yorkshire Heather Knight (Berkshire 604) Thea Brookes (Worcs), Jenny Withers (Somerset), Anje Lague (Herts) 18
2012 Kent Essex Sarah Taylor (Sussex, 345) Isobelle Watson (Warwickshire, 18) [7][8][9]
2011 Kent Sussex Charlotte Edwards (Kent, 541) Jane Riddell (Durham, 28) [10][11][12]
2010 Sussex Kent Lydia Greenway (Kent, 628) Danielle Wyatt (Staffordshire, 24) [13][14][15]
2009 Kent Sussex Heather Knight (Devon, 622) Charlotte Anneveld (Kent, 24) [16][17][18]
2008 Sussex Kent Heather Knight (Devon, 390) Sonia Odedra (Nottinghamshire, 10) [19][20][21]
2007 Kent Sussex Emily Drumm (Kent, 222) Lynsey Askew (Kent, 13) [22][23][24]
2006 Kent Sussex Jenny Gunn (Nottinghamshire, 356) Charlotte Edwards (Kent, 12) [25][26][27]
2005 Sussex Kent Charlotte Edwards (Kent, 302) Judith Turner (Berkshire, 10) [28][29][30]
2004 Sussex Kent Charlotte Edwards (Kent, 308) Heather Booth (Berkshire, 12) [31][32][33]
2003 Sussex Nottinghamshire Taryn Keir (Warwickshire, 303) Lynne Spooner (Derbyshire, 12) [34][35][36]
2002 Yorkshire Berkshire Charlotte Edwards (Kent, 233) Vicky Borman (Hertfordshire, 14) [37][38][39]
2001 Yorkshire Berkshire Arran Brindle (Lancashire, 274) Yvonne Craven (Berkshire, 13) [40][41][42]
2000 Yorkshire Nottinghamshire Charlotte Edwards (Kent, 374) Nicky Myers (Nottinghamshire, 13) [43][44][45]
1999 East Midlands Yorkshire Jane Smit (East Midlands, 335) Janet Tedstone (Yorkshire Seconds, 13) [46][47][48]
1998 Yorkshire Surrey Charlotte Edwards (East Anglia, 394) Sarah Clarke (Surrey Seconds, 12) [49][50][51]
1997 Yorkshire West Midlands Jane Smit (East Midlands, 429) Helen Pack (West Midlands, 11) [4][52][53]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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