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Sarah Taylor in Sussex squad for trip north

Sussex head north this weekend for Royal London Women’s One-Day Championship matches against Lancashire and Yorkshire.

Georgia Adam’s team face Lancashire at Heywood CC on Sunday and Yorkshire at Harrogate CC on Bank Holiday Monday (both 11am starts).

There is one change to the squad named ahead of last weekend’s defeat to Surrey, with England superstar Sarah Taylor replacing Ella Wadey. Taylor is one of four England players in Sussex’s matchday group, alongside Freya Davies, Linsey Smith and Danni Wyatt.

After top-scoring again last weekend, Carla Rudd is Sussex’s highest run-scorer so far this season with 172 runs at an average of 34.4. Leg-spinner Nancy Harman tops the wicket-taking list with eight scalps.

Two wins and two losses from their four matches in this year’s competition leave Sussex in sixth place with 44 points in a very tight division one. There are just two points between fourth and sixth, and only thirteen between second and sixth.

With three rounds to play, Kent are the league leaders with 69 points. Sussex’s next opponents, Lancashire and Yorkshire are in second and third with 57 and 52 points.

Lancashire have won three of their four matches so far, their only defeat coming last weekend day against Yorkshire.

That win is one of three for Yorkshire whose own solitary loss was against Surrey on the opening day of the competition.

Former Sussex player, Abbey Freeborn is the White Rose county’s leading run-scorer in 2019. They also count England internationals Lauren Winfield, Katherine Brunt, Beth Langston among their ranks. Langston is Yorkshire’s leading wicket-taker with 10 dismissals already.

Lancashire also have their fair share of internationals, with Kate Cross, Sophie Ecclestone and Alex Hartley in their squad. Cross is Lancashire’s leading wicket-taker, but it is a non-international, Georgie Boyce, who has scored the most runs for the county.

Sussex Women head coach Alexia Walker said: "As we head into the final three Royal London One Day Cup matches we are exciting about heading north and building on some promising performances.

"We welcome back Sarah which is always a pleasure as she brings experience to our young squad and we hope to make the most of our almost full strength team as we take on strong Lancashire and Yorkshire sides."

Play in both matches gets underway at 11am.

Sussex Women squad

Georgia Adams (c)

Izzy Collis

Freya Davies

Chiara Green

Nancy Harman

Cassidy McCarthy

Ella McCaughan

Tara Norris

Carla Rudd (wk)

Paige Scholfield

Linsey Smith

Sarah Taylor

Danni Wyatt