Published: 06:00, 11 May 2021
Kent Women have won the South East Group of the Vitality Women’s T20 after another double-header success.
Grace Gibbs set a new bowling record for Kent Women after finishing with figures of 5-11 during the second of two wins over Essex on Sunday.
The previous best bowling record for Kent Women was Erin Bermingham's 4-7 against Essex in 2014.
With six wins from six, Kent can’t be caught at the top of their group but there are currently no plans for a knockout stage in the ECB-organised competition. Their next T20 double header takes place at The Mote this Sunday when Sussex Women make the trip to Kent.
Kent won their first match against Essex by five wickets.
They made a great start, with Kalea Moore removing both openers for no score, leaving the home side struggling. It got worse for them when Alice Davidson-Richards struck with her first delivery, leaving Essex on 21-3. The home side were eventually dismissed for just 74.
The Horses (75-5) knocked the runs off in 13.5 overs with Grace Scrivens unbeaten on 23.
Kent won the second match by 32 runs as Gibbs’ five-wicket haul helped them defend a total of 140.
Davidson-Richards scored her first half-century of the season and finished 60 not out. Gibbs took a wicket with her first delivery on the way to her record spell, Essex reaching 108-8.
Gibbs said: “Both games had very different situations but everyone played very well.
“In that second game, it was a bit tricky in the beginning but Alice put us up to a really good score, and everyone stuck to their plans with the ball and delivered – you couldn’t ask for anymore from anyone.
“I just worked hard and hit my lines and lengths, let the ball do the work, really!”