Layla Tipton leads the way with brilliant, unbeaten century to inspire Durham Under-17 girls
Layla Tipton was the star of the show as Durham Under-17 girls edged home by one wicket in a tight finish against Nottinghamshire in the County Championship's Group One.
Notts were put in to bat at Clumber Park and were restricted to 188-6 in their 40 oversold by Sophie Munro’s 58, with 10 fours.
Tipton took 2-27, with Lucy Hughes, Madeleine Atkinson, Chloe Dennis and Lucy Dracup also striking.
Eppleton starlet Tipton then blasted 18 fours in a magnificent, 95-ball 115 not out to steer Durham to victory in 31.4 overs, with the visitors down to their last wicket. Hollie Forsyth added 15 and Bailey Wanless 12. Chloe Rudkin grabbed 4-31.
Tipton also played her part as Durham Women had a win and a defeat for the third successive weekend in the County Championship T20’s Second Division.
First up, at North Maidenhead CC, Durham saw off Berkshire by eight wickets.
Berkshire chose to bat but only managed to post 96-9 in their 20 overs, led by Emily Cunningham (24) as Rachael Petherick (4-20) and Tipton (3-16) dominated.
Laura Hockaday (40no) and Rachel Hopkins (22) then hurried Durham home in 15.4 overs.
In their second match, Durham found 100% table-toppers Hampshire too strong and succumbed to a 52-run defeat.
Danielle Ransley hit 47 as Hampshire made 131-6. Laura Ellison grabbed 2-12, with Tipton, Helen Fenby, Venetia Bradley and Haley Falla also striking.
Durham then struggled in their reply, reaching just 79-8, led by Ami Campbell (16) and Fenby (14).
Durham sit fifth in the table, with three wins and three defeats.
Durham’s girls development squad succumbed to two defeats in friendlies against Northumberland at Stocksfield.
In the opener, Lily West made 16 as Durham posted 46-7 in 20 overs, with Maisie Sinclair taking 3-11.
Northumberland lost three wickets on 42, five short of victory, but Sarah Vince’s 27 steered the home side to a four-wicket victory in 15.2 overs .
Emma Hathaway grabbed 3-4, while Erin Ward took 1-1 and Lily West 1-3.
Northumberland reached 96-3 in the second game, led by Sinclair’s 26 as Casey Wilson snaffled 2-11 and Hathaway 1-6.
Lily West again led Durham’s response with 25 not out, but they were short on 64-3.