Lancashire Women see off Surrey and Hampshire to boost T20 title hopes
Two wins for Lancashire Women at Widnes
Captain Eve Jones struck two half-centuries as Lancashire beat Surrey and Hampshire to keep their T20 title hopes alive at Widnes CC.
The Red Rose have moved third in the table, two points behind leaders Hampshire, heading into the final double-header of the season next week.
Asked to bat first, Lancashire made the perfect start with openers Jones (56) and Georgie Boyce (62) hitting fifties.
The pair put on 96 for the first wicket providing Lancashire with the platform to reach a strong looking 142-3 from 20 overs.
Surrey struggled to get going with the bat, they lost regular wickets and never looked like reaching their target.
Emma Lamb (2-19), Alex Hartley (2-17) and Hannah Jones (2-15) all took two wickets each as Lancashire restricted the visitors to 101-7 to complete a 41-run win.
In the second game of the day, and after losing the toss again and being invited to bat first - Lancashire's innings in their must-win clash against Hampshire was once again anchored by Jones, with 62 from 58 balls.
She was well supported by Boyce (27) and Lamb (21) as the Red Rose posted another competitive looking score of 135-6.
Hampshire made a fast start, reaching 74-1, however a flurry of wickets during the middle overs reduced them to 86-5 and put the hosts in control.
Boyce (2-15), Hartley (1-17) and Jones (1-18) were amongst the wickets, with two run outs as the game began to get away from Hampshire.
When the rain arrived they were 101-6 in the 17th over and behind on DLS as the captain's shook hands to confirm a huge victory for Lancashire.
Atiq Uz Zaman's side head into their final fixtures against Sussex and Warwickshire next week still in the mix for the T20 Division One title.