County women close in on league-title glory
Leicestershire women took a giant step towards their first-ever Inter-County League title with another high-scoring win.
They thrashed rivals Nottinghamshire 33-11 in the Region Eight clash at Leicester's Club 147 to maintain their three-point lead at the top of the table.
With just three games remaining, their destiny is in their own hands.
It was a day of mixed fortunes for County though. The men's A team won to preserve their slender lead at the top of the table but the B team were held to a draw.
The juniors also won but the seniors suffered their second defeat on the spin.
County women were without a few of their regular players for the match against third-placed Notts.
But they got off to a fantastic start, dropping just two of the opening 11 frames and then extending their lead to 17-5 by the halfway stage. They went on to seal victory with more than a leg to spare.
Captain Michelle Brown was the star, some pin-point accuracy seeing her win maximum frames and the player of the match trophy.
Emma Senior, Amy Beauchamp and Theresa Sheridan also notched four, while Teresa Blair, Julie Mackintosh and Charlene Gibson each won three.
Brown said: "It was our best team performance yet. Everyone played their part, and it was great to see people take time and really think about the right shots."
The men's A team also won 33-11 but, with closest rivals Humberside also victorious on Sunday, County are top only on points difference as they bid to defend their title.
Reece Townsend was the player of the match with four wins and Steve Chambers, Gavin Lomax and Steve Morriss also bagged maximums. There were three apiece for Shaun Payne, Nicky Parnell, Dave Wileman and Lee Ross.
The B team's 22-22 draw against Notts means they lose ground on leaders Derbyshire, who won at the weekend.
Martin Hinchliffe's men still have a game in hand and, with Derbyshire the visitors to Leicester in November, the title is still very much up for grabs.
Shane Moore was the star against Notts with a hat-trick of wins, Steve Strawhorn, Matt Newell, Harry Patel and Scott Taylor also pocketing three each.
Leicestershire juniors won 24-20 against Notts A to stay three points clear of Lincolnshire, with a game in hand.
Chae Ross took the top player award with four wins, with Louis Heathcote, Kieran Phillips and Billy Moult-Harding all winning three.
The seniors lost 6-3 but still lead their division by three points. Player of the match was captain Martyn Randall.