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Charlotte Edwards Cup 2022 Round 1: Latest News, Scores and Match Reports

Western Storm's Heather Knight in action
Western Storm's Heather Knight in action
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Here are all the latest scores, match and news updates from the Charlotte Edwards Cup 2022 Round 1

Charlotte Edwards Cup 2022 Saturday, May 14th  

 

Loughborough Lightning v Northern Diamonds (Loughborough)

 

A fantastic knock of 96 from England’s Lauren Winfield Hill saw Northern Diamonds shine in a 39 run victory over Loughborough Lightning in the opening round of the Charlotte Edwards Cup.

Winfield’s superb innings, which came off just 51 balls and was her highest score in T20, powered the visitors to a formidable total of 177 for five which proved too much for the hosts at a sun-drenched Haslegrave.

Winning the toss and opting to bat, Diamonds took full advantage of the conditions with an opening assault on the Lighting bowlers that they struggled to recover from for the remainder of the innings.

Each of the opening five overs went for double figures as Diamonds cruised past 50 with some powerful hitting from Winfield-Hill and Abi Glen.

Glen fell to a catch from Teresa Graves off Kirstie Gordon for 25 but it barely mattered as Holly Armitage joined Winfield Hill at the crease and the pair put on 99 for the second wicket with the Diamonds skipper offering valuable support to the free-scoring opener.

Lightning had their chances and a drop on the boundary from Lucy Higham proved particularly costly as Winfield-Hill took full advantage by smashing three consecutive sixes off the unfortunate Kathryn Bryce in the very next over.

The England star looked to be easing her way to a century but fell four shot when she skied a delivery from Bryce to Bethan Ellis who took a fine running catch over her shoulder.

From 145 for two when Winfield-Hill departed in the 16th over the Diamonds innings faded somewhat with Leigh Kasperek (7), Phoebe Turner (0) and Beth Langston (1) departing in quick succession as only Armitage stood firm to finish unbeaten on 40 as Diamonds closed on 177 for five.

Lightning’s reply got off to an excellent start with Marie Kelly and Tammy Beaumont full of running and deft stroke play if not the power hitting of Winfield Hill.

The opening pair had reached 79 in the 11th over when Kelly advanced down the wicket and was bowled by Beth Langston for 46.

The run chase became even tougher when Kathryn Bryce was bowled by Emma Marlow for four with Beaumont continuing to do her best with the odd boundary and some excellent scampering between the wickets.

Beaumont brought up her half century with a boundary off Kasperek in the 16th over and while she remained at the crease Lightning had a glimmer of a chance with the experienced England international looking in great form.

But it was not to be as Lightning’s chances were extinguished when Beaumont was bowled by Marlow for 59 in the next over leaving the run rate increasingly insurmountable as the hosts’ innings closing on 138 for seven with Smith picking up a couple of wickets in the final over.

Lauren Winfield-Hill, Northern Diamonds batter, said: "To play like that after a good break was really pleasing. It was pretty much the all round performance from the girls - we put good runs on the board and then held our nerve and stayed calm with the ball. 

"We knew if we just hung in there we could break the partnerships and that was about as good as we could have started really.

"I played how I always play. Sometimes you get off to a flyer and sometimes you don't but I wanted to back my strengths and it was in my area I just went after it. 

"It was really enjoyable and nice to open with Abi Glen and guide a new player through that experience as well - it took the focus off me a bit as I was trying to keep calm and communicate with her. It was good fun.

"Over the winter I've worked on resting and spending some time with the family and chilling out. It was a case of best when fresh.

"It was an important break after my winter didn't go quite to plan. It was nice to have time at home and get a bit of perspective. 

 

Tammy Beaumont, Lightning batter, said: "It was a beautiful day for cricket at a beautiful ground and it was tough as an England player not to look at Lauren's innings and think it was expectational.

 "Lauren had a tough time at the World Cup and I think she'll admit that - she is one of my best mates and even though we fight it out for the same England spot every time I'm always happy when she does well because she's a really good person.

 "There are things to take into the next game and improve on but it is always nice to get the first game out of the way and get going. 

"Once we got Lauren's wicket we managed to slow them down a bit but that is something we are going to have to work on - if the opposition come hard at us how are we going to react?"

 

Western Storm v Central Sparks (Cardiff)

 

Amy Jones and Abigail Freeborn registered impressive half centuries as Central Sparks made a winning start to their Charlotte Edwards Cup campaign, beating Western Storm by 20 runs in this Group B fixture at Cardiff's Sophia Gardens.

Both scored 52 and staged a third-wicket stand of 91, while Ami Campbell smashed an unbeaten quickfire 30 from 17 balls as Sparks posted 156-4 from their 20 overs after being put into bat on a used pitch.

Storm looked to be in with a chance while Sophie Luff and Georgia Hennessy held sway in a second-wicket alliance of 57, but England pace bowler Issy Wong crucially removed the former for 43 and claimed 2-28 from four overs to swing the contest in favour of the visitors.

Former England batter Fran Wilson finished on 22 not out, only for Storm to come up some way short on 136-6.

Having won the toss and elected to field, Storm effectively starved Sparks of the oxygen of early runs, removing openers Eve Jones and Issy Wong in quick succession to put the visitors firmly on the back foot. In an eventful first over, Danni Gibson served up four wide balls down the leg side, conceded a straight-driven four to Jones and then atoned by inducing Sparks' captain to chip to cover.

Rising England starlet Wong departed in the next over from the Cathedral Road end, attempting to evade a Lauren Filer in-swinger, only to glove a catch behind with the score on 13. Back in the fold after missing the majority of last season, off spinner Claire Nicholas sent down two naggingly accurate overs from the River end to tighten Storm's stranglehold on the game as their opponents were restricted to 35-2 in the powerplay.

Storm then allowed an opportunity to further tighten their grip on the game to quite literally slip through their fingers, Fran Wilson dropping Freeborn on 10 at point off a cleverly-disguised slower ball from Georgia Hennessy. Sensing an invitation to escape the shackles imposed hitherto, Freeborn and Amy Jones played with increasing freedom, finding gaps in the field to score both sides of the wicket and keep the board ticking over. Permitted width, Jones in particular thrived, cutting and pulling to good effect, while Freeborn proved adept at rotating the strike in a restorative partnership which realised 50 in seven overs. 

Storm skipper Sophie Luff deployed six different bowlers in a bid to break the stand, but there was no stopping Jones, who harvested 6 fours on her way to a 42-ball half century. At the point where she was required to go on and post a really imposing score, the 28-year-old permitted Storm much-needed respite, driving a length ball from Hennessy straight to Filer at mid-on and departing for 52 in the 16th over. 

An alliance of 91 in 12 overs nevertheless provided Sparks with an excellent platform from which to take risks during the closing stages of the innings, and Freeborn assumed responsibility for guiding the visitors to a challenging total, raising the tempo to reach 50 from 46 balls, with 3 fours. 

Yet it was new batsman Ami Campbell who took centre stage in a blistering knock of 30 from 17 balls, the experienced left-hander plundering three boundaries in one over from Filer to seize the initiative in a hugely productive alliance of 41 in 3.5 overs with Freeborn for the fourth wicket. Freeborn hit Gibson to Luff at cover in the penultimate over, but Campbell finished with a flourish, helping herself to a fourth boundary and adding a further nine runs in the final over, sent down by Hennessy.

If containment was the name of the game for Sparks, they were initially disappointed. Wong bowled too short, Potts tended to over-pitch and openers Fi Morris and Hennessy took full advantage amid a barrage of boundaries to propel Storm to 34 in 4.5 overs and afford the chase a flying start. But Sarah Glenn's leg breaks slowed progress dramatically, Morris pinned in the crease and departing for 18, and Hennessy and new batsman Luff forced to exercise a degree of caution against the England bowler, who sent down three overs for 16 runs.

Storm's second wicket pair prospered following Glenn's withdrawal, with the busy Luff, in particular, forcing the issue against the seamers. At halfway, the hosts were well-placed at 66-1, requiring to score a further 90 runs at nine an over, but with crucial wickets in hand. 

When Eve Jones elected to take the pace off and threw the ball to off spinner Davina Perrin, Luff and Hennessy cashed in, plundering 17 runs from a lucrative twelfth over, which served to put Storm back on the front foot.

But the entire complexion of the game changed in a trice as Storm lost three wickets in the space of just six balls for the addition of four runs. Hennessy miss-timed a drive off Hannah Baker and was brilliantly caught by Eve Jones at mid-off for 27 as Sparks opened up one end. Wong then returned from the River end to strike a double blow, having the talismanic Luff held at short fine leg for 43 and then removing the hard-hitting Gibson in similar fashion two balls later.

Coming together with the score on 95-4 in the 14th over and with the asking rate having risen to above 10 an over, Wilson and Nat Wraith had their work cut out to make up lost ground. It proved too big an ask, Wraith offering a catch behind off Potts and Katie George being run out by Amy Jones as Sparks turned the screw and the chase fizzled out.

Western Storm captain Sophie Luff said: "It's disappointing to lose the first game, but we're not going to dwell on it for too long. There were key moments in the game and, it's fair to say, we came out second best in most of those. We didn't execute our skills quite well enough at those key times and were punished for not taking our chances. It just shows how strong the women's game has become, that there are no easy matches these days. The pitch was a bit on the slow side, but I actually thought they had come up 10 runs or so short, and there was a time in our innings when I felt we could do it. We were probably quite well-placed at halfway, but then we lost quick wickets and the game fell away from us. Although we bat quite a way down, we just couldn't really get anything going for long enough to challenge their total. We'll dust ourselves down and go again at Chelmsford and then Beckenham."

 

Central Sparks all-rounder Issy Wong said: "We have six games to play in three weeks. It's a short tournament and it was important to get off the mark with a win in the first one. It was a really good game of cricket and Storm gave it a real go. It was not plain sailing for us, but there were key moments that went for us, especially in the field. We know we have the depth and strength down the order to go hard with the bat and Amy and Abi played really well in that third wicket partnership to get us up to a total. The game was in the balance when Sophie (Luff) and Georgia (Hennessy) were going at a rate, but Gwen Davies took a brilliant catch to remove Luff and that was a bit of a turning point. It was encouraging that we were able to see the game out without and scares and execute our skills to finish the job."

Southern Vipers v Thunder (Hove)

 

Southern Vipers made a powerful statement of intent as they thrashed Thunder by eight wickets in their Charlotte Edwards Cup opener at Hove.

Vipers’ stranglehold on the domestic honours was ended when South East Stars won last year’s edition of the T20 competition but they look like the side to beat after making short work of their visitors.

After putting Thunder in and restricting them to 102 for seven on a good batting pitch, skipper Georgia Adams and Maia Bouchier put on 60 from 43 balls for the second wicket to make the chase a formality. Bouchier finished unbeaten on 48 as Vipers wrapped up victory with 39 balls to spare.

Skipper Kate Cross had given Thunder hope when she knocked back Ellie McLaughlan’s leg stump with a ball which swung late in the first over, but Adams and Bouchier were soon putting Thunder's under-par total in perspective.

They had 56 on the board at the end of the powerplay with neither afraid to take the aerial route. Adams hit Alex Hartley back down the ground for six as well as five boundaries in her 34 off 27 balls, and although she holed out to Emma Lamb in the eighth over Vipers had broken the back of their chase.

Bouchier survived a chance on 30 when she was put down by Cross at long on but finished the game with a slog-sweep off Hartley for her fifth boundary, her unbeaten 48 coming off 33 balls.

Earlier, only England opener Lamb, who made a run-a-ball 23, was able to escape the shackles imposed by a disciplined attack.

Lamb hit four boundaries, including two off Anya Shrubsole, who was making her Vipers’ debut, but Thunder got bogged down after Lamb was bowled by Georgia Elwiss in the seventh over playing across a straight one.

They were 49 for two at that stage but they only managed two more boundaries as Vipers took wickets regularly and they never allowed the run rate to creep above five an over.

Adams employed seven bowlers with off-spinner Charlie Dean and 17-year-old left-armer Freya Kemp, another player making her Vipers’ debut, the pick of the attack.

Dean picked up Danielle Collins, one of only three Thunder batters to get into double figures, in her second over when she was bowled playing across the line. She also had Phoebe Graham well caught by wicketkeeper Carla Rudd off a thin under-edge in her final over as she finished with two for 17.

Kemp, preferred instead of Shrubsole to take the new ball, ended a promising opening stand of 36 between Lamb and Georgia Boyce in the fifth over when Boyce mis-timed a pull to deep square-leg.

Shrubsole picked up the wicket of former England teammate Cross, who lost her leg bail to a delivery angled across her, while the other wicket-taker was Lauren Bell, who conceded 17 runs in her second over but recovered to have Thunder captain Ellie Threlkeld held off a mis-timed pull.

Vipers’ batter Maia Bouchier, who made 48 not out, said, “It wasn’t easy, I had a bit of luck but I will take 48 and the win. We bowled really well, we had really clear plans and Anya Shrubsole has helped us a lot with that since she came into the team. Freya Davies had an unbelievable debut with two wickets and a catch. You wouldn’t think she’d never played for the Vipers before, she was outstanding.

"Georgia [Adams] and I were able to put on a good partnership in the powerplay. It was great fun and really enjoyable. I try not to think about getting back into the England set-up too much. I’m just trying to enjoy my cricket and play with freedom. Hopefully I can keep performing."

Thunder coach Paul Shaw said, “It was a beautiful batting pitch but we didn’t get enough runs, it’s as simple as that. We were 41 for one after the powerplay and in a reasonable position but we couldn’t build partnerships. We’re a young side and we have to learn quickly. We seemed to lose momentum when [Emma] Lamb got out but all credit to Vipers, they bowled well in the middle stage and then batted really positively chasing a small total. We stuck at it in the field and our powerplay was an improvement on last year so there are positives for us but there is a lot to reflect on."

Sunrisers v South East Stars (Chelmsford)


Aylish Cranstone struck her first Charlotte Edwards Cup half-century as South East Stars launched their defence of the trophy with a five- wicket win over Sunrisers at Chelmsford.

The Stars opener, a key member of the side that claimed the inaugural title last September, hit an unbeaten 56 from 46 balls to ensure Stars chased down their target with 3.2 overs to spare.

It was a solid rather than dazzling display from the champions, who performed well in the field to restrict Sunrisers to 122 for six.

But tight bowling by the home spinners meant Stars were dependent on Cranstone’s knock to get them across the line.

Put in to bat, Sunrisers struggled to gain any traction as Freya Davies sent down three consecutive miserly overs, although Cordelia Griffith (26 from 28) did her best to raise the tempo with two crunching cover boundaries.

But Griffith lost her wicket cheaply, sent back after she attempted an ambitious single off Dani Gregory and failed to beat Kirstie White’s throw to the keeper.

Mady Villiers (20 from 13) threatened to guide Sunrisers towards a strong total, placing her shots with precision and drilling Gregory for the only six of the innings.

However, when Villiers steered Emma Jones into the hands of point, the home side never recovered, suffering another run-out courtesy of Davies’ arrow throw from mid-off that took out middle stump and left Mia Rogers short.

Scarlett Hughes became the third Sunrisers batter to be run out during the closing stages, with Jo Gardner (16no from 19) at least ensuring Stars were set more than a run a ball.

If that offered Sunrisers a glimmer of hope, it was swiftly countered by Cranstone, who struck Naomi Dattani for six and four in the opening over of the chase as she and Bryony Smith set about the bowling.

The pair added a rapid 46 before Villiers tempted Smith (14 from 15) to misjudge a sweep to deep midwicket – and Alice Capsey was fortunate to get away with a similar stroke later in the same over, with the ball falling just short of the fielder.

When Capsey (14 from 10) fell to a smart return catch by Grace Scrivens, that triggered a mini-collapse, with Alice Davidson-Richards caught behind attempting to reverse-sweep Gardner and Jones run out by Flo Miller’s throw from the deep.

Scrivens might also have accounted for Cranstone, but she spilled the chance this time and the Stars recovered their composure to clinch victory, with White dispatching Kelly Castle for the winning boundary.

Sunrisers all-rounder JO GARDNER, who scored 16 not out and took one for 15 in three overs, said:

“The spinners performed really well – everyone went at six or less an over and as a unit, we bowled really tightly. I felt they struggled to get us away.

“Hopefully we can take that into Wednesday (against Western Storm), pick up a few more wickets and it’s a different game.

“We took wickets at crucial times but didn’t quite take all the chances we created. The fact that we were probably at least 20 under par with the bat and we’ve managed to push them a long way is really pleasing in itself.

“There’s so much more to come from this group, it’s exciting.”

 

Stars batter AYLISH CRANSTONE, who top-scored with 56, said:

“Sunrisers have got a strong batting line-up and we knew we had to come here and play with everything, so it was a great result.

“It was nice having that first game together again as the Stars – we’ve all been away playing for our counties. Everyone that came on bowled to their plans and that made it easy for us in the field.

“The style we play, we want to get off to a confident start and me and Bryony (Smith), then Alice Capsey definitely did that.

“A few wickets fell, so there’s always going to be a few nerves around but we just wanted to get over the line. My thoughts were ‘I want to be there at the end’.”

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