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 Yorkshire
Most successful Kent, Sussex and Yorkshire (6 titles)

The Women's County Championship, known since 2014 as the Royal London Women’s One-Day Cup,[1] is a women's cricket competition organised by the England and Wales Cricket Board. It is the women's equivalent of the County Championship, although it operates as a 50-over limited overs cricket competition with teams organised into a number of divisions. It was introduced in 1997 to replace the Women's Area Championship.

The teams competing in the Championship are drawn mostly from the historic counties of England, with 34 teams representing these. The Scottish national side has competed in the competition since 2007, the Wales women's national cricket team since 2008 and the Netherlands joined in 2009.[2] The Ireland national team played in the competition between 2009 and 2015 before withdrawing in early 2016, causing fixtures for the 2016 season to be rescheduled and one fewer team to compete in Division 2 during the 2016 season.[3][4]

The competition is the longest established women's cricket competition in England and Wales. It operates alongside the Women's Twenty20 Cup, established in 2009,[5] and the Women's Cricket Super League, a franchise league with six teams initially playing Twenty20 cricket.[6]

The current champions are Yorkshire. The most successful teams with six wins to their name are Kent, Sussex and Yorkshire.

History[edit]

The inaugural Women's County Championship took place in 1997, with 16 teams competing in three divisions.[7] 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.[8] As such, the ECB has administered the competition since 1998.[8]

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.[9] 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.[9] These divisions for the 2016 season are:

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

Roll of honour[edit]

Year Champions Runners-up Leading run-scorer Leading wicket-taker Refs
2015 Yorkshire Kent Heather Knight (Berkshire) 305 Sarah Clarke (Surrey) 23
2014 Kent Surrey Charlotte Edwards (Kent) 642 Erin Bermingham (Kent) 16 [10]
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) [11][12][13]
2011 Kent Sussex Charlotte Edwards (Kent, 541) Jane Riddell (Durham, 28) [14][15][16]
2010 Sussex Kent Lydia Greenway (Kent, 628) Danielle Wyatt (Staffordshire, 24) [17][18][19]
2009 Kent Sussex Heather Knight (Devon, 622) Charlotte Anneveld (Kent, 24) [20][21][22]
2008 Sussex Kent Heather Knight (Devon, 390) Sonia Odedra (Nottinghamshire, 10) [23][24][25]
2007 Kent Sussex Emily Drumm (Kent, 222) Lynsey Askew (Kent, 13) [26][27][28]
2006 Kent Sussex Jenny Gunn (Nottinghamshire, 356) Charlotte Edwards (Kent, 12) [29][30][31]
2005 Sussex Kent Charlotte Edwards (Kent, 302) Judith Turner (Berkshire, 10) [32][33][34]
2004 Sussex Kent Charlotte Edwards (Kent, 308) Heather Booth (Berkshire, 12) [35][36][37]
2003 Sussex Nottinghamshire Taryn Keir (Warwickshire, 303) Lynne Spooner (Derbyshire, 12) [38][39][40]
2002 Yorkshire Berkshire Charlotte Edwards (Kent, 233) Vicky Borman (Hertfordshire, 14) [41][42][43]
2001 Yorkshire Berkshire Arran Brindle (Lancashire, 274) Yvonne Craven (Berkshire, 13) [44][45][46]
2000 Yorkshire Nottinghamshire Charlotte Edwards (Kent, 374) Nicky Myers (Nottinghamshire, 13) [47][48][49]
1999 East Midlands Yorkshire Jane Smit (East Midlands, 335) Janet Tedstone (Yorkshire Seconds, 13) [50][51][52]
1998 Yorkshire Surrey Charlotte Edwards (East Anglia, 394) Sarah Clarke (Surrey Seconds, 12) [53][54][55]
1997 Yorkshire West Midlands Jane Smit (East Midlands, 429) Helen Pack (West Midlands, 11) [7][56][57]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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