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All the match scores, reports and results for Round 5 of the Charlotte Edwards Cup 2021 August 28th 2021


All the match scores, reports and results for Round 5 of the Charlotte Edwards Cup 2021 August 28th 2021

Central Sparks vs Lightning, Match 17, Women's Regional T20

With a captain’s innings of 71 from 55 balls, Eve Jones ensured her Central Sparks side didn’t suffer an upset against their Midlands neighbours Lightning at New Road, Worcester. Chasing 137 to win, the Sparks knew only a win would do to keep them in the hunt for finals day. They won by four wickets with a ball to spare as Issy Wong smashed Grace Ballinger down the ground for four.

Lightning have yet to win a game in this season’s Charlotte Edwards Cup; that being said, they gave Central Sparks some moments of concern.

Sonia Odedra and Bethany Harmer, the Lightning openers, started with the freedom to swing, and it was Harmer who impressed, hitting Wong out of the attack with consecutive fours and a six in the space of three balls, following it up with two fours of Emily Arlott’s following over.

The pair added 54 before Clare Boycott bowled Harmer for a 26. When Odedra was bowled for 22 by Anisha Patel’s first ball, it felt like Lightning were starting to lose their momentum.

It was up to Abbey Freeborn, who top-scored with 61 on Wednesday, who would again be the leading run-scorer for Lightning with 32 from 33 balls. However, a fall of late order wickets ensured that Lightning fell far short of 150.

Arlott took two wickets in her final over as Lighting lost their last four wickets for 22 runs.

Jones and Marie Kelly had led to a convincing victory over Southern Vipers only days ago. It looked as if the two meant business again with 17 runs coming from Sophie Munro’s first five balls before the bowler forced Kelly into the mistake and was caught at cover by Harmer.

When Kirstie Gordon caught Milly Home three balls later, Sparks were now looking for the calm head of Jones to get them through. With Gwen Davies, the pair added 50 runs for the third wicket. They were keeping up with the rate and were starting to look favourites.

They found partnerships at the right times, but with the run rate required at over seven an over, Jones needed to be there at the end.

With eight balls left of the innings and six runs to win, Yvonne Graves caught Jones, and the following ball Arlott was bowled by Odedra.

Chole Hill and Wong kept their cool, and it was the home side that prevailed.


Sunrisers vs Thunder, Match 18, Women's Regional T20

Thunder 124/5 tied with Sunrisers 124/4

Kate Cross and Hannah Jones’s death bowling helped Thunder pull off a thrilling tie with Sunrisers after Cordelia Griffith had swiped her maiden Charlotte Edwards Cup fifty.

Cordelia Griffith had put Sunrisers on course for victory with an outstanding 63 in their chase of 125.

But with nine needed from the last two overs, England fast bowler Cross bowled Griffith and only conceded four runs.

Spinner Jones had Florence Miller caught off the fourth ball of the final over before Jo Gardner could only scuff a single from the last ball to give the competition its first tie.

It means Sunrisers can no longer qualify for Finals Day next Sunday, while Thunder can still top Group B and reach the Ageas Bowl showpiece if they beat neighbours Northern Diamonds on Monday and Western Storm lose.

Griffith was forced to be patient against an exemplary Powerplay from the Thunder’s bowling attack – with only 23 runs coming off a slow pitch and Naomi Dattani departing.

She soon caught up though with a four and a six with two swings down the ground in the seventh over, before another lusty blow over long-on gave the run-rate a much-needed boost.

A third six, this time dispatching a full toss over midwicket, followed quickly by a cut to the boundary brought up the half-century partnership with Grace Scrivens – Griffith had dominated with 38 of the runs.

Her own fifty came up with a worked single into the legside in 40 balls.

Scrivens joined in the fun with a pulled maximum off Cross but was caught on the long-on boundary to end a 79-run stand, with 23 runs still required.

Griffith made the hosts favourites again with two fours through the covers but Cross and Jones’ heroics meant the two sides shared the points.

Having been put in, Thunder’s innings was made up of two substantial partnerships – Georgie Boyce and Daisy Mullan’s 51-run opening stand and 49 put on by Ellie Threlkeld and Cross – punctuated by spells of accurate and tight bowling.

Boyce and Mullan – standing in for Emma Lamb, who had been a late call-up for England, for just her third appearance – made things look easy with 48 runs off the Powerplay.

But the good start faltered as Boyce picked out long-on and Thorpe entered the attack to have Mullan caught at mid-on and Piepa Cleary mistiming to midwicket – the leg spinner claiming two for 17.

Cross and Threlkeld rebuilt again with both striking three fours, and the former clubbing a six straight back down the ground. However, both were bowled in the dying embers of the innings.  

Sunrisers batter Cordelia Griffith, who scored 63:

“It was pretty close and went down to the wire. We wanted to take the game as deep as possible. We wanted to keep it close to sevens and within reach which we did until the end but it is a shame we didn’t quite get over the line.

“It was quite a tough wicket to bat on and I thought if you could battle it out in the tough period in the Powerplay it would give me a chance to cash in. It is always great to get the ball out the middle of the bat and get some runs for the team.

“It wasn’t a great time to get out but I wanted to leave the team in the best place possible and I’d have hoped we could have got over the line.

“It is a shame we can’t make Finals Day but there has been so much progression. We’ve seen the way the girls have grown, learned and adapted throughout the competition and it would be great to end on a high on Monday.”

Thunder spin bowler Hannah Jones, who defended five in the last over:

“We pushed it to the end. We didn’t think we’d have it but we pushed and it was great.

“I was just focused on what I wanted to do, which was hit the stumps. I expected them to knock it around so I was just making sure they couldn’t get a single.

“Daisy has come in for Emma Lamb and done well. She’s shown what she can do. We talk about partnerships and we did that well today.

“We’ve heard Diamonds have lost so we need to win on Monday. We will be looking to put a big score on the board or chase it down.”

Southern Vipers vs South East Stars, Match 19, Women's Regional T20

South East Stars beat Southern Vipers by 20 runs at the Ageas Bowl in the Charlotte Edwards Cup, thanks to a boisterous half-century and a return of two for 9 from 17-year-old Alice Capsey. 

Capsey’s 61 from 46 balls, combined with useful contributions from Bryony Smith (42 from 25) and Phoebe Franklin (30 from 29), helped the Stars to 167 for four - the most runs conceded by Vipers in the competition. Vipers desperately missed strike bowler Lauren Bell, isolating after close contact with a Covid-positive case.

In reply Vipers sunk to 32 for three in the powerplay, with both openers caught trying to hit out against Capsey - Georgia Adams at short extra cover and Tara Norris at mid-on.

Vipers recovered to reach 147 for seven thanks to a smart innings from Georgia Elwiss (45 from 32 balls) and some late heroics from Alice Monaghan, who hit an unbeaten 30 from 17 balls and tonked the only six of the day over deep midwicket, but their early losses cost them.

The win puts Stars at the top of the table with one round to go.

Vipers had won the toss and chosen to field but Stars teed off early - Aylish Cranstone (17 off 11) punishing Norris’s first over for 15 runs, before the left-armer trapped her lbw. 

Smith took over where Cranstone left off, hitting the ball hard down the ground as Stars racked up 56 runs in the powerplay.

By contrast Capsey started slowly with five from 13, but the dismissal of Smith in the ninth over - caught at long-on, handing debutant Chiara Green her first wicket of the competition - seemed to galvanise her. Two overs later she audaciously scooped Elwiss to the boundary, and followed that up by smashing three boundaries - including a lofted drive down the ground - from Norris’s next over.

Capsey shared a 64-run partnership with the fluent Franklin, helped by some uncharacteristically poor fielding in the deep from Vipers. Franklin was bowled by Adams in the 17th but Capsey was unfazed, bringing up a 41-ball century with a single in the 19th.

She was eventually run out with one ball of the innings to go after a bad fall prevented her making her ground at the non-striker's end, and limped off clutching her quad. But she came roaring back to open the bowling for Stars to great effect.

Northern Diamonds vs Western Storm, Match 20, Women's Regional T20

Western Storm significantly boosted their chances of reaching Finals Day in the Charlotte Edwards Cup as they beat fellow challengers Northern Diamonds in a nervy low-scoring clash at Emirates Riverside. 

Storm replaced the Diamonds at the top of Group Two by recovering from 14 for three to chase 111 and win by four wickets with three balls remaining in this penultimate round fixture, unbeaten captain Sophie Luff making an excellent 60 off 54 balls. 

The win owed much to some expert bowling and fielding and sets up a fight for possibly two spots at Finals Day when Monday’s final round takes place. Three teams from Group Two are still alive.

Storm are top on 13 points and Diamonds on 12 in second place. Thunder have 11 points in third. Only the top team in each of the two groups guarantees qualification for the September 5 showpiece, while the best second-placed finisher also advances to Southampton.

Thunder play Diamonds at Chester and Storm face Sunrisers at Fenner’s in Monday’s blockbuster final day.

Having invited the Diamonds to bat, spinners Nicole Harvey and Fi Morris claimed two wickets apiece, while Georgia Hennessy returned a superb one for 15 from four overs of medium pace.

The skittish Diamonds suffered two run outs, including captain Hollie Armitage following a mix-up with Sterre Kalis coming back for two. 

Lauren Parfitt also took a fine one-handed catch over her head at point after Linsey Smith miscued Hennessy - 56 for five in the 12th over.

The Diamonds, fielding two bowling debutants in Rachel Slater and Ella Telford, had got off to a bright start at 22 without loss after two overs before succumbing to the pressure applied by their visitors.

Only Alex MacDonald, from number eight, reached 20 with 22.

But home hopes were raised with three wickets inside the opening four overs of the chase as Storm fell to 14 for three.

Smith’s left-arm spin trapped Hennessy lbw with the first ball of the innings before left-arm seamer Slater, aged 20, bowled Morris and Gibson in her first eight balls.

Luff and Katie George then shared a calm and valuable 49 for the fourth wicket.

Luff pulled Armitage’s leg-spin for four and lofted her for a straight six, only to lose George bowled for 14 in the same over as the score fell to 63 for four in the 12th.

Alex Griffiths and Natasha Wraith also fell before Luff, who reached her third Storm fifty of the summer off 44 balls, helped gain 18 off the last three overs and four off the last. Parfitt also added an unbeaten 20.

Northern Diamonds coach Dani Hazell said: 

 “If you don’t get enough runs on the board, you don’t deserve to win. Luffy batted really well for them. Credit to them. 

“We fought hard with the ball, but that was a fair result I would say.

“This is T20 cricket - these things happen.
“We didn’t get enough runs but bowled well. It’s just that they had someone who got 60 not out. That was the difference.

“We are now relying on another result if we win. Hopefully we will do our half of the job and see how the rest of it goes.”


Western Storm captain Sophie Luff said: 

 “We are top of the table, and it’s well within our grasp going to the Sunrisers on Monday. 

“Diamonds and Thunder play each other, so we have to win. 

“We were clear coming into these three games post the Hundred that we’d have to win them all. We’ve won two so far. Hopefully that momentum takes us through to Monday.

“Chasing 111 is almost the perfect scenario when you win the toss and bowl. I thought the pitch would play better - it was slow and not much bounce, quite tricky.

“I was a bit light on runs at the start of the tournament, so to get us over the line is really pleasing.”

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