Women's County Championship

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Women's County Championship
Administrator England and Wales Cricket Board
Format Limited overs cricket
First edition 1997
Latest edition 2019
Tournament format League system in three divisions
Number of teams35
Current champion Kent (2019)
Most successful Kent (8 titles)

The Women's County Championship, known since 2014 as the Royal London Women’s One-Day Cup, [1] was a women's cricket competition organised by the England and Wales Cricket Board. It was the women's equivalent of the County Championship, although it operated 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.

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The teams competing in the Championship were drawn mostly from the historic counties of England, with 32 teams representing these. The Scottish national side 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. [3] [4]

The competition was the longest established women's cricket competition in England and Wales. It operated alongside the Women's Twenty20 Cup, established in 2009, [5] and the Women's Cricket Super League between 2016 and 2019, a franchise league with six teams playing Twenty20 cricket. [6]

2019, won by Kent, was the final season of the Championship due to a restructuring of women's cricket in England. From 2020, the only 50-over tournament was competed by regional teams, initially in the Rachael Heyhoe Flint Trophy. Kent were the most successful county in the history of the Championship with eight titles, whilst Sussex and Yorkshire both won six titles. [7]

History

The inaugural Women's County Championship took place in 1997, with 16 teams competing in three divisions. [8] 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. [9] As such, the ECB has administered the competition since 1998. [9]

Yorkshire were the winners of five of the first six Championships, [10] with East Midlands breaking their run in 1999. [11] After this began a period that was dominated by Sussex and Kent. Sussex won six titles between 2003 and 2013, including three in a row between 2003 and 2005, [12] whilst Kent won eight titles between 2006 and 2019. [13] Yorkshire managed one more title, in 2015, whilst Lancashire and Hampshire have won one title apiece, in 2017 and 2018, respectively. [14] Hampshire's title came after a remarkable rise through the divisions, winning Division 3 in 2015 and Division 2 in 2017 before being crowned County Champions one year later. [15]

2019 marked the final year of the County Championship as women's cricket in England was restructured by the ECB, paving the way for a regionalised 50-over tournament, as well as the Women's Hundred. [7] [16]

Structure

The Championship operated on a league structure, with varying amounts of divisions and teams over its history. The first Championship involved 16 teams split across three divisions. [8] Gradually more teams were added over the years (and county sides replaced the regional and Second XI sides that initially competed), and in 2004, which had 24 participants, a second tier was added, the County Challenge Cup. [17] In 2008 (which had 33 teams participating) the Challenge Cup was ended and teams were placed in Divisions 1 to 5. [18] This became four divisions in 2012 and finally three divisions in 2017, a structure that continued until the Championship ended in 2019. [19] [20]

Varying amounts of teams have participated in the Championship over the years, reaching a peak of 38 teams in 2015. 35 teams competed in the final season of the Championship in 2019. The teams that have participated in the tournament are: [21]

County Championship Teams
TeamFirstLast
Berkshire 20002019
Buckinghamshire 20102019
Cambridgeshire and Huntingdonshire 20102019
Cheshire 19982016
Cornwall 20052019
Cumbria 20012019
Derbyshire 19972019
Devon 20052019
Dorset 20052019
Durham 20012019
East Anglia 19972000
East Midlands 19971999
Essex 20012019
Gloucestershire 20072019
Hampshire 19972019
Hertfordshire 20012019
Ireland 20092015
Kent 19972019
Lancashire 19982019
Lancashire and Cheshire 19971997
Leicestershire and Rutland 20042019
Lincolnshire 20152019
Middlesex 19972019
Netherlands 20092019
Norfolk 20022019
Northamptonshire 20012019
Northumberland 19982019
Nottinghamshire 20002019
Oxfordshire 20072019
Scotland 20072019
Shropshire 20082018
Somerset 20002019
Staffordshire 20002019
Suffolk 20072019
Surrey 19972019
Surrey Second XI 19972000
Sussex 19972019
Sussex Second XI 19972000
Thames Valley 19971999
Wales 20042019
Warwickshire 20012019
Wiltshire 20012019
West 19971999
West Midlands 19971999
Worcestershire 20042019
Yorkshire 19972019
Yorkshire Second XI 19972000

Roll of honour

YearChampionsRunners-upLeading run-scorerLeading wicket-takerRefs
2019 Kent Yorkshire Sophia Dunkley (Middlesex) 451 Katie Thompson (Yor); Natalie Rowbottom (Lin); Rebecca Silk (Dev); Beth Langston (Yor) 15 [22] [23] [24]
2018 Hampshire Yorkshire Suzie Bates (Hampshire) 358 Kirstie Gordon (Nottinghamshire) 23 [25] [26] [27]
2017 Lancashire Yorkshire Suzie Bates (Hampshire) 494 Sophie Ecclestone (Lancashire) 27 [28] [29] [30]
2016 Kent Sussex Kirstie White (Surrey) 337 Samantha Betts (Hampshire) 18 [31] [32] [33]
2015 Yorkshire Kent Charlotte Taylor (Hampshire) 422 Sarah Clarke (Surrey) 23 [34] [35] [36]
2014 Kent Surrey Charlotte Edwards (Kent) 491 Jo Gardner (Northamptonshire) 19 [37] [38] [39]
2013 Sussex Yorkshire Heather Knight (Berkshire) 604Jenny Withers (Somerset) 20 [40] [41] [42]
2012 Kent Essex Sarah Taylor (Sussex) 345Isobelle Watson (Warwickshire) 18 [43] [44] [45]
2011 Kent Sussex Charlotte Edwards (Kent) 541Jane Riddell (Durham) 28 [46] [47] [48]
2010 Sussex Kent Lydia Greenway (Kent) 628 Danielle Wyatt (Staffordshire) 24 [49] [50] [51]
2009 Kent Sussex Heather Knight (Devon) 622 Charlotte Anneveld (Kent) 24 [52] [53] [54]
2008 Sussex Kent Heather Knight (Devon) 390 Isabelle Westbury (Somerset); Hannah Courtnell (Essex); Charlotte Anneveld (Kent) 12 [55] [56] [57]
2007 Kent Sussex Emily Drumm (Kent) 222 Lynsey Askew (Kent) 13 [58] [59] [60]
2006 Kent Sussex Jenny Gunn (Nottinghamshire) 356 Charlotte Edwards (Kent) 12 [61] [62] [63]
2005 Sussex Kent Charlotte Edwards (Kent) 302Judith Turner (Berkshire); Dawn Prestidge (Cheshire) 10 [64] [65] [66]
2004 Sussex Kent Charlotte Edwards (Kent) 308Heather Booth (Berkshire) 12 [67] [68] [69]
2003 Sussex Nottinghamshire Taryn Keir (Warwickshire) 303Lynne Spooner (Derbyshire) 12 [70] [71] [72]
2002 Yorkshire Berkshire Charlotte Edwards (Kent) 233Vicky Borman (Hertfordshire) 14 [73] [74] [75]
2001 Yorkshire Berkshire Arran Brindle (Lancashire) 274Yvonne Craven (Berkshire); Susanne White (Lancashire) 13 [76] [77] [78]
2000 Yorkshire Nottinghamshire Charlotte Edwards (Kent) 374Nicky Myers (Nottinghamshire) 13 [79] [80] [81]
1999 East Midlands Yorkshire Jane Smit (East Midlands) 335 Janet Tedstone (Yorkshire Second XI); Dawn Holden (East Midlands); Beth Morgan (Middlesex) 13 [82] [83] [84]
1998 Yorkshire Surrey Charlotte Edwards (East Anglia) 394 Sarah Clarke (Surrey Second XI) 12 [85] [86] [87]
1997 Yorkshire West Midlands Jane Smit (East Midlands) 429Helen Pack (West Midlands) 11 [8] [88] [89]

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