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Charlotte Edwards Cup 2021: All the Match Scores, Results, Reports and Scorecards July 3rd

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Charlotte Edwards Cup 2021: All the Match Scores, Results, Reports and Scorecards July 3rd  

 

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 Fixtures Saturday July 3rd  2021

 

South East Stars vs Central Sparks The Spitfire Ground, Canterbury 14:30 

 

South East Stars vs Central Sparks at The Spitfire Ground, St Lawrence Canterbury

Central Sparks 117 lost to South East Stars 118/5 by five wickets

Grace Gibbs made sure South East Stars maintained their 100 per cent Charlotte Edwards Cup record as her 33 finished off a five-wicket victory over Central Sparks.

Sparks, having been put in, had been restricted to 117, despite Eve Jones’ 49, thanks to Alice Capsey’s impeccable three for 13 and Bryony Smith’s frugal two for nine.

But Gibbs’ smart running mixed with the odd power-strike made sure the Stars romped home to victory with 22 balls to spare.

Smith appeared to want the game finished in a hurry with three powerfully struck boundaries off three of the first four balls of the chase.

But the Stars captain departed in the following over trying to clear Emily Arlott at mid-off, before Alice Davidson-Richards was bowled and Alice Capsey lbw in the same Georgia Davis over.

After a cagey period, Phoebe Franklin and Gibbs broke the back of the chase with a 44-run partnership. The former swept back-to-back fours off Davis, before her Kent team-mate whacked Baker over long-on for six.

Franklin fell for an 18-ball 26 flicked to deep square leg but Gibbs was undeterred as she clubbed another maximum into the legside.

Susie Rowe fell leg before to Davis - who claimed three for 21 - but Gibbs swept to the boundary to make it back-to-back wins.

Earlier, Jones, who scored a century and fifty in the Rachael Heyhoe Flint Trophy earlier in the summer, led the innings but wickets fell around her at regular intervals – typified with no partnerships reaching 30.

Marie Kelly was caught at point in the second over and Milly Home, after three quick boundaries, was lbw to a Capsey doosra.

At 42 for two at the end of the Powerplay there appeared to be a solid platform to set a decent total but Gwenan Davies, Thea Brookes and Chloe Hill fell in consecutive overs.

Steph Butler was leg before after an enterprising 15 before Jones turned on the style with a paddle-sweep and hook down to fine leg.

Three wickets fell on 115 to stunt any hopes of a punchy finally. Arlott pulled straight to mid-off, Issy Wong pulled Smith to deep mid-wicket – during a wicket maiden – and Jones was run out attempting to pinch a quick single to take her to fifty.

Capsey rounded off for impressive three overs by having Hannah Baker caught behind, ending with career-best figures.

South East Stars batter Grace Gibbs, who scored an unbeaten 33:

“It was a really good performance as a team. We played it out the park and it was great to contribute myself.

“I am really happy [to put my hand up today]. Over the season I’ve had a bit of a tricky one but being able to come in and take the team over the line is great. I got myself and built some nice partnership.

“We never felt they were ever on top of us.

“We spoke a lot about restricting boundaries and I think we have done that really well. Then they had an ‘in’ batter in Eve Jones and we spoke about getting her off strike and building the pressure and the spinners did that extremely well.

“Being two from two with two emphatic wins in this competition means our confidence is high. Everyone is buzzing in the group.”

 

Central Sparks bowler Georgia Davis, who took three for 21:

“We are gutted to be honest. We didn’t get enough runs on the board and not batting the 20 overs is pretty criminal. If we had batted those overs we are looking at a much better score.

“We needed to be a bit clearer in our plans. Jonesy was out there and doing really well and I think people didn’t realise they didn’t need to come out swinging straight away.

“Our spinners bowled really well but that was a hard total to defend.

“It is nice to get a few wickets but it is gutting when you aren’t winning games. I want this team to win and go far.

“We’ve got to go out and win all our remaining games now. If we can control what we can control then we’ll see what over teams do and you never know. It is already looking a big ask to get through.”

Southern Vipers vs Lightning Arundel Castle, Arundel 14:30 

The all-round excellence of table topping Southern Vipers proved too much for Lightning as they won by 46 runs in Group A of the Charlotte Edwards Cup at Arundel.

 Lightning, chasing 135, were up against it once they lost their captain and most important player Kathryn Bryce, who was caught down the leg-side off the bowling of Tara Norris for a belligerent and threatening 13 from 18 deliveries, with two fours, in the sixth over.

 Lightning had already lost Kathryn’s younger sister, wicketkeeper and opening batter Sarah Bryce, who was caught at backward-point off Charlotte Taylor for three in the third over.

 Once Lightning had fallen behind the rate they couldn’t find a batter to bring them back into the contest, though Sonia Odedra and, later, Michaela Kirk struck same defiant blows with 16 apiece. The most successful Vipers bowler was Norris, with four wickets for 14 runs as the team made it two wins out of two.

Southern Vipers captain Georgia Adams (37 from 38 balls) and Charlotte Dean (28 off 24) had the led the way in a total of 134 for seven when play started 36 minutes late because of damp conditions, with Lightning choosing to field.

 Adams should have been easily run out in the first over, but the fielder threw to the wrong end.  Lightning did break through with the third ball of the third over, when Danni Wyatt flicked Kathryn Bryce to Michaela Kirk at deep midwicket, but Adams took advantage of her reprieve to top score with some powerful drives.   She twice drive Sonia Odedra for four in the fifth over to properly launch the Vipers innings.

 The Vipers lost the very promising and England-tipped Maia Bouchier, who chipped a simple return catch after making 13 from 20 deliveries.  At the halfway point they were 51 for two.  Adams clearly thought some acceleration was needed, and she hit Nancy Harman for three fours as 16 came from the 11th over.  But she was lbw to Odedra in the following over.

 The 100 came up in the 17th over before some heavy blows from Dean, supported by Paige Schofield, led them to their challenging score, which proved more than enough.

Tara Norris (Southern Vipers):  “We really feel chuffed.  It’s been a great day for us at Arundel, with our friends and family around too. We hope we’re doing the Charlotte Edwards Cup proud.  We’ve planned well, we’ve prepared well and we all want success for each other.  Arundel doesn’t do too much for seamers so I tried to mix it up and change my pace.  I feel really good and comfortable with my bowling.”

Kathryn Bryce (Lightning captain):  “It  was definitely a frustrating result for us.  We did really well in the first half.  They’ve got so many strong batters in their line-up.  But we just weren’t good enough with the bat.  There are lots of people who are good enough with the bat to score those runs but we weren’t good enough today.”


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