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All the Match Scores, Reports and Results for Round 6 Charlotte Edwards Cup 2021 August 30th 2021

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All the Match Scores, Reports and Results for Round 6 Charlotte Edwards Cup 2021 August 30th  2021

Monday August 30th 2021

 

Lightning vs Southern Vipers The Incora County Ground, Derby 14:30 local    13:30 GMT

 

Southern Vipers claimed a place at next Sunday’s Finals Day in the Charlotte Edwards Cup with a last-ball victory over Lightning at the Incora County Ground at Derby.

Paige Scholfield top scored with an unbeaten 41 from 36 balls, sending her side through when she drove Grace Ballinger past extra cover to run a single off the last delivery, having arrived at the final over needing nine to win chasing 125.

Vipers - coached by Charlotte Edwards - clinched second place in Group A behind South East Stars, who beat Central Sparks earlier to claim a direct route to the final as the group winner with the best record.  Vipers’ 19 points takes them to Finals Day at the Ageas Bowl with the best record of the second-placed sides in the two groups.

Looking to win their third trophy in five years in the women’s game, they will face Northern Diamonds in the eliminator for the chance to take on Stars in the final.

Lightning were restricted to 124 for nine from their 20 overs as Georgia Elwiss and Tara Norris finished with three wickets each after Lauren Bell had picked up two in the Powerplay.  

Abbey Freeborn led the way with 27 from 29 balls, adding 44 for the fourth wicket with Teresa Graves (23), before Ella Claridge (20) and Kirstie Gordon (20) swelled the total with a seventh-wicket stand worth 37 from 25 balls.

But they paid for four dropped catches and 20 runs conceded in extras as Vipers overhauled their total with seven wickets in hand.

Bell, who missed the last Vipers fixture after being obliged to self-isolate, struck important blows in the Powerplay as Sonia Odedra was caught at long on and Lucy Higham fell leg before. Lightning had 35 on the board from the opening six but also lost Beth Harmer.

Graves and Freeborn built steadily but the experienced Elwiss ended their progress, pushing one through a little wider as the latter made room for herself coming down the pitch for Carla Rudd to make the stumping.

Lightning slid to 79 for six before Claridge, making only her second appearance for Lightning, and Gordon lifted the innings towards a respectable figure, Gordon clearing the midwicket rope off a free hit for the only six of the innings.

Needing 6.25 per over, Vipers lost skipper Georgia Adams in the fifth over but at 39 for one from six were up with the rate and looked favourites at 59 for two from 10, despite Norris, who was dropped twice, departing when she missed reverse sweep attempt, but a couple of boundaries by Scholfield off Gordon brought the target down to 45 from seven.

A chance put down off Elwiss cost only a single before Gordon beat her in the flight with her left-arm spin to keep Lightning in with a chance with 24 needed from 22 balls.

Needing nine from the last over, Vipers benefited from a no-ball for height bowled by Ballinger, picking up two off the free hit before Scholfield struck the winning run.

Vipers top-scorer Paige Scholfield said:

“We had to get there for Charlotte and we’re so excited to be going through to Finals Day. It feels amazing.

“Facing that last ball, I’ve not felt pressure like that in a very long time but I had a conversation with Emily at the other end and she just told me to play a strong shot. My strength is to hit the ball hard along the ground and so that’s what I did and wherever it went we were running.

“Northern Diamonds are a good side but we beat them in the 50-over competition and we would back ourselves to come out on top again.”

Lightning’s Abbey Freeborn said:

“It is a tough day for us, although there are positives we can take forwards. We did brilliantly with the bat, especially coming back from where we were before The Hundred, but we were not quite clinical enough in the field and with our bowling.

“It didn’t help that we gave so many runs away in extras and that’s something we are disappointed with as a team because we hope our standards are better than that.

“There were a couple of dropped catches but at the same time some of our fielding was outstanding.  We just have to stay patient, keep working hard. This competition has been difficult for us but we have a chance to finish the season well in the Rachael Heyhoe Flint Trophy and we’ll look forward to that.”




Central Sparks vs South East Stars New Road, Worcester 14:30 local    13:30 GMT

 

South East Stars racked up their third consecutive 150+ score in the Charlotte Edwards Trophy, hitting 165 for 6 in a dominant 26-run win over Central Sparks.

The win means Stars have qualified directly for the final on 5 September; while Sparks are out of contention.

Stars were missing prodigy Alice Capsey through injury, but her replacement 19-year-old Chloe Brewer - playing her first regional match of the season - pummelled 41 from 33 balls. Emma Jones - bumped up the order to 6 - then top-scored with an unbeaten 46 (27 balls), as Clare Boycott’s 3 for 22 proved in vain.

Eve Jones led from the front in Spark’s run-chase with 76 from 68 balls, but by the time she was stumped in the 19th over the result was a formality.

Stars had been 26 for 2 after 4 overs, following a dream debut from right-arm seamer Grace Potts (2 for 23) which saw her remove both openers - Aylish Cranstone was trapped LBW, then five balls later in-form Bryony Smith pulled straight to midwicket.

Leg-spinner Anisha Patel conceded just 25 runs from her 4 consecutive overs, but Brewer picked off runs from the other end, driving beautifully down the ground as she shared a 64-run partnership with veteran Kirstie White (29 from 30).

Boycott’s first over, the 12th, reduced Stars from 90 for 2 to 90 for 4 - White LBW trying the ramp, while Alice Davidson-Richards fell for a golden duck, caught at short third.

Brewer eventually became Boycott’s third victim, edging an attempted ramp behind the stumps in the 16th when she looked on course for a half-century.

But five balls later Emma Jones showed her intent, sending the ball flying over Boycott’s head for the first six of the day. A cameo from Kira Chathli (18 from 10), which included a maximum pulled over square leg, helped Stars finish strongly.

In reply, Sparks reached 69 without loss before Danielle Gregory (3 for 16) made the key breakthrough in the 10th over - Marie Kelly (25 from 21) pulling a full toss to deep square leg.

Izzy Wong was sent out in the pinch-hitting role as Sparks attempted to secure a bonus-point win to keep their Finals Day hopes alive, but she miscued Gregory to long-on in the leg-spinner’s next over.

Emma Jones had been removed from the attack after sending down two head-high no-balls, but Stars’ other young bowlers - including debutant Ryana Macdonald-Gay - kept it tight, and Sparks fell well short.

  

Bryony Smith (South East Stars): “Losing [Alice] Capsey and Phoebe [Franklin] was a big blow for us this morning, but Chloe [Brewer] and Ryana [Macdonald-Gay] were really good for us today. They’ve both come through our Academy system, I’ve coached both of them a lot so that was handy. We’ve got a few selection headaches for the final, which is good!”

“We want to play a really positive brand of cricket - we wanted to bowl first in all of our last 3 games but it just shows we’ve got the bowling to defend any score. We want to go out, go from ball 1. I’m trying to lead that myself and to see the young ones come in and bat like that - I’m really proud of them.”

“When you’ve got that score on the board, you know they’re going to come hard. But we knew we had the attack to defend it - there were a few little blips in there, but everyone kept calm.”

Eve Jones (Central Sparks) said: “It’s a great wicket and we backed ourselves to chase it down, but we bowled a few too many full balls and couldn’t quite get the partnerships going when we were batting. It’s disappointing, but we’ve played some really good cricket over the last few weeks. It’s exciting to see what this team can do going forward."

“We knew we had to be positive [in the run chase]. We possibly didn’t quite go hard enough at the start, but I knew if me and Marie could bat for as long as possible then we were definitely in with a chance. I was hitting the ball quite nicely, so I just told myself to try and bat as long as possible and try and still be there towards the end.”

"We’ve played some really positive cricket and hopefully we can take that forward into the Rachael Heyhoe Flint tournament. Marie [Kelly] had a great innings last week scoring a hundred so if she can replicate that in the 50-over then she’s going to go big.”

Thunder vs Northern Diamonds Chester Boughton Hall CC, Chester 14:30 local    13:30 GMT


A STUNNING bowling performance from the evergreen Jenny Gunn saw Northern Diamonds ease their way to victory over rivals Thunder and secure qualification for the finals day of the Charlotte Edwards Cup.

35-year-old Gunn rolled back the years in taking four for 15 for the Diamonds as the hosts were restricted to 90 for nine from their 20 overs with the modest target never looking enough to prevent a win for the visitors.

Thunder had got off to a decent start with an opening partnership of 20 between Georgie Boyce and Daisy Mullan hinting at better things to come before Rachel Slater struck with the wickets of Boyce (14) and Threlkeld (1).

Laura Marshall helped progress the score to 47 until she was bowled by Linsey Smith for 14 with Mullan falling to Katie Levick for the same score in the same way soon afterwards.

From then on it was all about Gunn as the former England seamer decimated the Thunder middle order with the dangerous Kate Cross proving the vital wicket after she had scored successive boundaries off Alex MacDonald.

Laura Jackson fell to a sharp caught and bowled chance for Gunn for eight with Alice Dyson finding skipper Hollie Armitage at long on off the very next ball.

Gunn’s next delivery was hit for four by Danielle Collins but the veteran bowler made it three wickets in four balls when Collins was caught by Slater off her second delivery faced.

Thunder’s fight was done and they quickly subsided to 90 for nine with Smith claiming her second wicket when Alex Hartley was stumped without scoring.

The home side’s fortunes failed to improve with the ball as Diamonds as openers Leah Dobson and Bess Heath set about the Thunder attack in powerful fashion.

The pair had eased their way to 46 off 39 balls when Dobson offered an easy chance to Laura Jackson off Dyson and departed for 20 which brought the ominous figure of Lauren Winfield-Hill to the crease.

With the hosts looking increasingly ragged in the field the victory never looked in doubt and despite Hannah Jones bowling Winfield-Hill for just five, Heath was able to reach her half-century before the eight wicket win was secured in the 13th over.

 

Bess Heath, Diamonds, said:

"It was good to finally get some runs under my belt as it has been a long time coming after having an injury at the start of the season. 

"It felt good to hit it put of the middle but for me it was all about feeling calm out there, relaxing into the shots and not forcing it too much. I felt confident and happy out there.

"Me and Dobbo have batted together for years so we're very comfortable opening up top with each other and we set ourselves a target of 40 runs to make together and we achieved that.

"Hopefully we can take some momentum into finals day and keep the feeling of winning. We went out there with energy knowing we needed to get this bonus point and I thought we put in a really good shift. We have been trying to step our fielding up to the next level and we want to be the best in the field."

 

Paul Shaw, Thunder head coach, said:

"We are really disappointed. We didn't bat with enough intent, purpose or positivity and people who watched the game would've seen that today. It left us with a mountain to climb. We didn't field as well as we normally do either so it was a really disappointing day. 

"We made a decent start with the bat but didn't capitalise and lost wickets in quick succession - it just took us too much time to rotate the strike and put the bad balls away. I thought the Diamonds and bowled and fielded tremendously well and finished things off well with the bat.

"The girls look tired and they've come off the back of a long season and an intense stint of The Hundred and maybe that showed today. We need to dust ourselves off and go again."

Sunrisers vs Western Storm Fenner's, Cambridge 14:30 local    13:30 GMT

 

Sunrisers vs Western Storm, Match 23, Women's Regional T20

 

Sunrisers 142/7 (20 ov)

Western Storm 147/5 (20 ov)

Result  - Western Storm won by 5 runs.

Western Storm opener Georgia Hennessy hit a run-a-ball 62 to lay the foundation for a 5-run victory over Sunrisers at Fenner’s in the Charlotte Edwards Cup.

Victory though was bittersweet for Storm who narrowly missed out on qualification due to an inferior run rate despite finishing level on points at the top of their group.

Showing controlled aggression, Hennessy was severe on anything wayward. With Fi Morris initially playing the junior partner role, the pair put on 68 in the first 10 overs. Skipper Sophie Luff chipped in with a quickfire 34 as Storm closed on 147.

In reply, Cordelia Griffith hit five boundaries to keep Sunrisers well ahead of the run rate during the first 10 overs, but Nicole Harvey took three wickets to arrest the momentum and dry up the scoring rate, as the hosts finished six runs short.

Morris was content to let Hennessy play the aggressor during the early overs but took a brace of boundaries in the final over of the powerplay. When the field spread Hennessy drove through extra cover for four before clipping one off her legs to bring up the 50 at the end of the eighth over.

Grace Scrivens made the breakthrough in the eleventh when Morris top-edged behind square for 21, but Hennessy kept up the attack. She clubbed Gaye Gole back down the ground to bring up her half-century off 51 balls and smashed a wide ball from Naomi Dattani through extra cover for another boundary.

Luff made her intentions clear clipping Sonali Patel off her legs behind square and then deftly cutting her for four more before taking two boundaries through extra cover off Gole.

The pair shared a half-century stand before Hennessy holed out to Naomi Dattani who took a well-judged catch at long-on to give Scrivens her second wicket. Luff fell shortly afterwards, bowled by Dattani in the penultimate over.

Despite two further wickets, Danielle Gibson finished the innings in style, scooping over the keeper’s head for four and hitting the last ball for a huge six.

Griffiths and Lissy MacLeod kept Sunrisers well ahead of the run rate initially, taking 47 from the powerplay, 11 ahead of Storm at the same stage.

Griffiths set the pace with a boundary off the first ball, the first of five in a knock of 32 off 25 deliveries. McLeod too located the ropes and despite some energetic fielding from Storm, Sunrisers kept up the scoreboard pressure.

It took a sharp catch off her own bowling by Harvey to break the momentum when MacLeod chipped one back to her on 17.

Griffiths brought up Storm’s 50 in the eighth over, but she gave Harvey her second wicket when she pulled one high over midwicket where Morris took an excellent catch.

Storm built the pressure as the next four overs elicited just 10 runs. With Sunrisers falling behind the required rate, Scrivens drilled Harvey straight to Gibson at extra cover who took an excellent diving catch.

Harvey conceded her first boundary when Dattani drove forcefully through the covers and then drilled another straight down the ground for four more. The next over from Hennessy went for 13 to keep Sunrisers interested, despite the run out of Katherine Speed.

With 50 needed off the last five overs, Dattani kept busy but when two wickets fell in successive overs, 14 required off the final over proved too many.

Western Storm captain Sophie Luff said: “It’s bittersweet. I guess coming into this game knowing that it was a must-win to put ourselves in the position where we could qualify from where we were at the start the season is testament to the group and the girls. Obviously, very disappointed to get over the line today but be it not good enough to get to finals day.

“We lost to these guys in the first game [of the tournament] which really hurt us to be honest and probably didn't set our campaign off to the best start. But the girls have come back in from a busy tournament in terms of the Hundred and Academy cricket to regroup and every game was a must-win for us. So, to have won two out of those three is pleasing in itself.”

Sunrisers opener Lissy MacLeod said: “Looking at that opening partnership, being wicketless for so long, at 10 overs we were thinking it could have been a very, very big score. I think keeping them to 147 was potentially good at that point. However, those last couple of overs, maybe, if you're looking at scoreboard, you're looking at a matter of five or six runs, which if we had kept them down could have been the difference, I think.

“We constantly had a new batter in at the crease and that's always hard. So, I think us getting to 142 is actually pretty admirable.

“Our opening partnership was good. I think me and Cords (Cordelia Griffiths) felt confident when we were out there. And then at the back end Mia Rogers showing that she can come out and be positive. I think there's a lot to take from the game. I think it was potentially lost more in the middle in kind of that 10 to 12 overs point.”

 

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