Champions Yorkshire Ladies beaten by Durham to place their Northern Counties crown in jeopardy

YORKSHIRE Ladies subsided from a position of strength to suffer defeat as Durham beat the defending Northern Counties Match Week champions 5.5-3.5 on day three at Seaton Carew.

Hannah Holden (Lightcliffe) won her singles match for Yorkshire Ladies but they were beaten 5.5-3.5 on day three of Northern Counties Match Week (Picture: Chris Stratford).
Hannah Holden (Lightcliffe) won her singles match for Yorkshire Ladies but they were beaten 5.5-3.5 on day three of Northern Counties Match Week (Picture: Chris Stratford).

The ‘Green Army’, having shared the three points available in the morning foursomes’, took the top two singles through Lindrick’s Nicola Slater and Hannah Holden (Lightcliffe).

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But the remaining four singles all went the way of Durham to allow Lancashire - 6-3 winners over Cheshire - to head the table ahead of Thursday's matches, in which Yorkshire face Cheshire.

In Wednesday's other match Northumberland overwhelmed Cumbria 8.5-0.5.

Yorkshire will look for a convincing win against Cheshire in order to set up a potential title decider against Lancashire on Friday.