Charlotte Edwards Cup 2021: All the Match Scores, Results, Reports and Scorecards for Wednesday August 25th 2021
Charlotte Edwards Cup 2021: All the Match Scores, Results, Reports and Scorecards for Wednesday August 25th 2021
Wednesday August 25th 2021
South East Stars (175-6)
Result - South East Stars won by 28 runs
Abi Freeborn’s heroics with both bat and gloves were not enough to break Lightning’s duck in the Charlotte Edwards Cup as South East Stars triumphed by 28 runs at Guildford.
Freeborn became the first wicketkeeper in the tournament to record four dismissals in an innings, all stumpings, before blazing 61 from 50 balls in the visitors’ total of 147 for seven.
Despite that, they came up well short of Stars’ 175 for six – the second highest score of the competition – as Alice Davidson-Richards top-scored with an unbeaten 41 from 25.
Alice Capsey and Tash Farrant, both members of Oval Invincibles’ Hundred-winning side last weekend, contributed 38 and 35 respectively to set up the victory that nudged Stars closer to clinching a semi-final spot.
Bryony Smith set a belligerent tone to the Stars’ innings after they were put in, clubbing Sophie Munro for two boundaries in her 16 from 12.
Munro took her revenge, persuading Smith to miscue to mid-on, but the opener’s departure paved the way for Capsey to launch a spirited assault against Lightning’s attack.
The Stars batter survived two close calls – an on-drive just short of the diving Teresa Graves before she had scored and Shachi Pai’s drop at backward square leg – to rattle up 38 from 28, including four fours and a six.
Although Lucy Higham’s flight accounted for Capsey, who was bowled giving her the charge, Stars skipper Farrant and Davidson-Richards seized the baton with a partnership of 52 from 31.
Farrant dominated the stand, cutting and switch-hitting at will to accumulate 35 from just 18 deliveries before she became the third of Freeborn’s four victims.
Two of those came off medium-pacer Sonia Odedra, the pick of Lightning’s bowlers with two for 20 despite taking some late punishment from Davidson-Richards, who slammed two sixes off the final over from Grace Ballinger.
The 176 target looked a tall order for Lightning, who had only once posted three figures in the competition so far, but Freeborn gave them hope with some fiery powerplay hitting as she flayed Emma Jones for three fours and a six in the same over.
However, the rest of her team-mates struggled to get on top of the Stars’ spinners, with Smith taking two for 18 and Capsey two for 28.
Farrant eventually had Freeborn caught at cover and, despite Pai’s useful 24, Stars closed out the win without difficulty.
South East Stars captain TASH FARRANT, who hit 35 and took two for 25, said:
“It’s so nice to be back with the girls (after the Hundred). We batted well and posted a really good total on a good wicket. If we lose a few wickets, we’ve got depth in our batting line-up and I was really pleased with how people chipped in at the end.
“I’ve been practising those (switch-hits) for a bit. If you can’t hit it over the bowler’s head you have to try something different and happily it came off today.
“It’s so great to have Alice (Davidson-Richards) anchoring the innings and she really went through the gears at the end and got us to a great total.
“We knew at the death we’d get hit for a few boundaries because it was such a quick outfield but we held our nerve there and it was a great team performance. All we wanted to do was win the game and we did that easily.”
Lightning wicketkeeper-batter ABI FREEBORN, who top-scored with 61 and took four stumpings, said:
“Obviously we lost but there are so many positives to take from our performance. On another day nearly 150 would be a winning score.
“If we’re being super-critical, our fielding wasn’t up to standard but as a team, we’re happy with how we played. It was a big target, but we felt it was doable and we nearly got there.
“We’ve know what we can do with the bat and it’s been frustrating not putting in those performances, but finally posting a score is massive and it’s given us the confidence to do better in future.
“When I keep I try to stand up as much as possible. Stumping opportunities come up more often than people think, with batters dragging their back foot.”
Southern Vipers 162-4 (20 overs)
Central Sparks 163-4 (19 overs)
Result - Central Stars won by six wickets
Central Sparks created an upset in the Charlotte Edwards Cup at Hove when they defeated Southern Vipers by six wickets after an opening partnership of 137 in 14.3 overs between Marie Kelly, who scored a brilliant unbeaten 100 off 53 balls, and captain Eve Jones, who made 51 from 47 balls.
The Vipers were favourites after their own captain, Georgia Adams, had led the way with an unbeaten 88 in a total of 162 for four. At that stage Jones must have regretted her decision to bowl first.
The Vipers had also gone into the game top of Group A with three wins out of three, including an eight wicket win over Central Sparks at Edgbaston, having bowled out their hosts for 83 and scored the winning runs in just 13.1 overs.
The Vipers’ impressive bowling attack had also taken 27 wickets out of 30 in their previous games. But here they were very much second best to Kelly and Jones. After Jones was out, sweeping, Central Sparks lost Milly Home, Gwenan Davies and Thea Brooks cheaply to set up the possibility of a tight finish.
But the outstanding Kelly settled the match when she hit the final ball of the 19th over, bowled by Tara Norris, to square-leg for four.
Another dominating innings by Adams appeared to have set up victory for the Vipers. She already had 89 runs, including a half-century against South East Stars. But here she almost doubled her tally with 88 from 60 deliveries for a strike rate of 146.66.
She used her long levers and sweet timing to strike 16 fours – the rest of the team managed seven between them. She lost opening partner Maia Bouchier, who was caught behind off Hannah Baker for 13 at 35 in the fifth over.
The 50 came up off the first ball of the sixth over as Central Sparks struggled to contain the run-rate. Georgia Elwiss was dropped off a no-ball, a high full toss from Baker which she pulled to midwicket, and the ball dribbled over the rope for four. Then she pulled the following delivery in the same direction for the only six of the innings before she was run out by Kelly’s fine throw. Then Charlotte Dean was run out for a solid 31 and Paige Scholfield skied to point. Adams went on and on, but it wasn’t to be enough as Vipers bowling and fielding let them down.
Eve Jones (Central Sparks captain): “We knew it was a good wicket when we came off at the halfway stage. Some of us had played in The Hundred and come into the game with a lot of confidence. I’m really chuffed for Maria. She was amazing to watch today. She didn’t get much of a go in The Hundred, until the last game, but today she really showed what she could do. We had a bit of a wobble at the end but having Maria there was crucial.”
Georgia Adams (Southern Vipers captain): “We were quite confident with the runs we put on the board. But there are some talented players in this format and this is a belter of a wicket. We had to be a bit more clinical with the ball and in the field, really. Our bowling attack is one of the best in the tournament. Today it didn’t fire. We started to pull the game back but by then it was a little too late with not enough runs to play with. But we will bounce back. It’s been a quick turnaround from The Hundred.”
Northern Diamonds vs Sunrisers, Match 16, Women's Regional T20
Northern Diamonds 120/6 (20 overs)
Sunrisers 101/7 (20 overs)
Result - Northern Diamonds won by 19 runs
England A seamer Beth Langston’s brilliant all-round display pushed Northern Diamonds towards Finals Day in the Charlotte Edwards Cup as they beat Sunrisers by 19 runs at South Northumberland.
The Diamonds won for the third time in four games to move top of Group Two by three points with two rounds remaining. But they had to do it having slipped to 32 for five.
Langston’s unbeaten 46 off 38 balls led a recovery to 120 for six, also including Linsey Smith’s 30 - a career best T20 score - on a slow pitch.
In reply, Langston took the first two wickets as Sunrisers fell to 10 for two and could not recover, stuttering to 101 for seven.
Langston, who finished with two for 19 from two overs, played for England A in Monday’s 50-over friendly with New Zealand, with her chances of adding to six previous senior caps seemingly far from over.
After an early Jo Gardner drop, the Sunrisers were superb as they claimed five cheap wickets.
Opening bowler Kate Coppack, on her first regional T20 appearance, returned two for 10 from four overs bowled on the reel.
Fellow seamer Naomi Dattani also claimed two of the first five wickets, including Diamonds captain Hollie Armitage miscuing to mid-on.
Coppack had Bess Heath caught at cover and Jenny Gunn, so often the Diamonds saviour this summer, caught behind.
Instead the recovery was left to Langston and Smith, the sixth-wicket pair sharing 78 in 9.1 overs.
Langston was more aggressive and was strong to the third region. She hit six boundaries.
Smith was happy to support with two fours in 25 balls before being run out as the score fell to 110 for six in the 19th.
Dattani hit a couple of leg-side boundaries off Langston at the start of the second over, but revenge came quickly as she miscued the fifth ball of the over to cover before fellow opener Cordelia Griffith was trapped lbw next ball - 10 for two.
Gardner, who top-scored with 31, and Grace Scrivens started a recovery of their own, taking the score to 38 for two after six overs.
However, leg-spinner Katie Levick bowled left-handed Scrivens through the gate in the ninth as the Sunrisers slipped to 44 for three.
Gardner hoisted Armitage’s leg-spin over midwicket for six, only to be caught behind off Alex MacDonald’s medium pace shortly afterwards as the score fell to 63 for four in the 12th.
That was the first of four wickets to fall for 16 runs as Armitage and MacDonald, again, struck to all but end visiting hopes - 79 for seven in the 17th.
Northern Diamonds seamer Beth Langston said: “That’s a good win for us. It was great to be back together as a group - we really enjoy playing together.
“It was a good all-round performance from us.
“It was quite a tricky wicket to get in on. It was a bit slow, and a lot of their bowlers are pace off and were quite hard to get away. We knew that getting over 100 would be a good score with the depth of our bowling attack. And they all bowled well.
“We’ll try and not look too far ahead. If we play to the best of our ability, we believe we can beat anyone.”
Sunrisers coach Trevor Griffin said: “We did a lot of good things today.
“I thought Kate Coppack with the new ball was outstanding, backed up by Grave Scrivens. After 11 overs, I think they’d only scored three boundaries.
“But we are young and just didn’t quite squeeze enough afterwards. From overs 11-16, they scored 43. We scored 13 in the same phase of our innings. That was probably the difference.
“We got off to a great start in the chase, but our set batters just couldn’t quite see us through to the end.”
Western Storm vs Thunder, Match 15, Women's Regional T20
Western Storm 101/3 (17.4 overs)
Thunder 100/9 (20 overs)
Result - Western Storm won by 7 wickets
Nicole Harvey produced her best bowling performance of the tournament to propel Western Storm to a seven-wicket Charlotte Edwards Cup win over Thunder at Cardiff.
The 28-year-old Welsh Fire leg spinner claimed 3-13 in four overs as Thunder were restricted to 100-9 in their 20 overs, only Emma Lamb and Eleanor Threlkeld making it into double figures. Storm took the pace off the ball to good effect and held their catches in a disciplined fielding display, Georgia Hennessy, Claire Nicholas and Fi Morris all making telling contributions.
Hennessy and Katie George then scored 29 not out and 47 not out respectively, staging a match-winning unbroken fourth-wicket stand of 67 in 11.2 overs as Storm, playing in the Welsh capital for the first time, reached their target with 14 balls to spare to complete the double over the Group B leaders and revive their prospects of qualifying for Finals Day.
Put into bat on a slow, green-tinged Sophia Gardens pitch, Thunder nevertheless made a brisk start, Lamb forcing the issue in an opening stand of 32 in 5.9 overs with Georgia Boyce. In decent form following a stint with Manchester Originals in the Hundred, Lamb raised 28 from 20 balls, including three boundaries, to suggest a big score was on the cards.
But Storm captain Sophie Luff's decision to deploy spin from both ends during the power-play paid dividends, the returning Claire Nicholas running out Boyce for eight with a superb pick-up-and-throw from mid-on and then inducing Lamb to hit straight to Fi Morris at long-on in the next over. Lauren Parfitt conceded a miserly nine runs in three overs to create pressure and, when Harvey struck with her third ball from the River End to bowl Natalie Brown for one, Thunder had lost three wickets in 11 balls and the balance of power had fundamentally shifted.
Harvey's slow left arm made further in-roads, Kate Cross miss-timing a drive to long-on and Laura Marshall holing out to George at deep mid-wicket as the visitors subsided to 56-5. Harvey's three wickets in as many overs served to undermine the middle order, after which Thunder were reliant upon Threlkeld to dig them out of trouble. She had advanced her score to 22 from 27 balls when off spinner Morris bowled her, while Hennessy uprooted Alice Dyson's off stump as seam at last made a wicket-taking contribution.
Hennessy then ran out Danielle Collins for seven and Alex Hartley fell to the final delivery, sent down by Lauren Filer, as Thunder came up short on 100-9.
Thunder needed to take early wickets and Lamb and Hannah Jones obliged, removing Morris and Dani Gibson inside four overs to sow seeds of doubt in Storm minds. Slow left armer Hartley then located Luff's outside edge and Threlkeld took a smart catch standing up to reduce Storm to 34-3 before Hennessy and George joined forces to restore order to the chase.
If Hennessy looked secure throughout in seeking to carry her bat, George adopted a more expansive role, scoring freely either side of the wicket in accruing 47 from 46 balls, with 8 fours. Hennessy's sound judgment yielded a solitary boundary in a well-paced innings that spanned 42 balls and served to calm any nerves among teammates watching from the dressing room balcony.
Western Storm spinner Nicole Harvey said: "Having played here in the Hundred, we had an idea of how the wicket would play and being familiar with the conditions definitely helped. We came up with a game-plan based around taking pace off the ball and I thought we executed it really well. We bowled to plan, we fielded well and, then Katie (George) and Georgia (Hennessy) finished it off in style with the bat. We bat pretty deep, so even at 34-3, we felt confident that we could chase that total. In the end, we did it fairly comfortably and this win sets us up nicely for our final two games against Diamonds and Sunrisers. We're in it to win it, so the plan is to win the next two games and take it all the way to finals day if we can."
Thunder opener Emma Lamb admitted: "They probably read the pitch and the conditions a little better than we did. Coming straight from the Hundred back into T20 is tricky and, in hindsight, I could have gone about my innings in a different way. I got out at a tricky time and, despite Eleanor (Threlkeld) doing well, no-one was able to stay with her and build the partnerships we needed. In the end, we were probably about 20 runs short. We knew we needed to take early wickets and we felt we were back in it at 34-3. But Storm have experienced players and they deserved the win today. We've learned a lot from playing them twice this summer and, hopefully, we can still cash in on what is a good position in the group to qualify for finals day. They are our main rivals for sure, but we're confident we can still make it."
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