Yorkshire move clear at Northern Counties Match Week as top order shows its strength at Huddersfield

Commanding play from Yorkshire Ladies' top three in the singles ensured the champions made light of being held in the foursomes by Northumberland on day two of the Northern Counties Match Week at Huddersfield.

Megan Clarke (Huddersfield) has two wins and a half from her three matches so far in Northern Counties Match Week at her home club (Picture: Chris Stratford).

After the morning session produced a win for each side and a half, Pannal’s Olivia Jackson (5&4), Hallamshire’s Holly Morgan (7&5) and Lindrick’s Nicola Slater (3&2) ensured captain Helen Lilley’s side could not lose before the home club’s Megan Clarke (4&3) secured a 5.5-3.5 victory.

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It puts Yorkshire – chasing a third consecutive crown – one point clear at the top with two wins out of two, having beaten Cumbria 8-1 on Monday.

Durham, their opponents on Wednesday, drew 4.5-4.5 with Cheshire on Tuesday while Cumbria defeated Lancashire 6.5-2.5.

Sand Moor’s Toni Louise Naylor has won all three of her matches to date while Slater and Clarke both have two wins and a half, and Jackson and Morgan – yet to be called into action in the foursomes – have perfect two from two returns in the singles sessions.