Yorkshire Ladies ready for big weekend of cricket at Harrogate

SUNDAY MAY 1 2011 VILLAGE CRICKET RETURNS'England women's cricket international, Katherine Brunt, joins in a knockabout with youngsters after helping to relaunch the game at Barmby on the Marsh, near Howden yesterday for the first time since 1952. PICTURE: TERRY CARROTT

SUNDAY MAY 1 2011 VILLAGE CRICKET RETURNS'England women's cricket international, Katherine Brunt, joins in a knockabout with youngsters after helping to relaunch the game at Barmby on the Marsh, near Howden yesterday for the first time since 1952. PICTURE: TERRY CARROTT

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SOMERSET make the long trek to North Yorkshire on Sunday to take on the might of Yorkshire Ladies at St George’s Road.

The White Rose county follow this with an equally important fixture at home to Sussex on Monday.

Yorkshire come into the double header having played their first fixture at Harrogate on Sunday. Despite a tough battle they narrowly losing to a young Essex team playing their first season in Division One of the County Championship.

Essex batted first and set a respectable total of 230 for 7 off their 50 overs, with Jo Cook scoring 58 off 89 balls, and Australian U-21 squad player Katie Mack 40 off 63 balls.

In reply, Yorkshire were looking likely to reach their target until Sessay CC’s Jessica Watson departed. She was looking in fine form, a superb 91 off 103 balls.

Wickets then fell regularly and Essex won by 16 runs.

Half of the current England squad are set to feature over the weekend. Katherine Brunt and Danielle Hazell are set to play for Yorkshire on Sunday.

On Monday, Arran Brindle, Holly Colvin, Georgia Elwiss and wicketkeeper Sarah Taylor are due to turn out for Sussex.

Yorkshire’s final home fixture will be on Sunday August 5 against Middlesex.