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Charlotte Edwards Cup 2022 Round 3 May 21st : Latest News, Scores and Match Reports

Southern Vipers' Danni Wyatt scored 48 today
Southern Vipers' Danni Wyatt scored 48 today

Here are all the latest scores, match and news updates from the Charlotte Edwards Cup 2022 Round 3 Saturday May 21st


Saturday, May 21st

South East Stars v Western Storm (Beckenham)


A century stand by Aylish Cranstone and Kalea Moore saw the South East Stars beat Western Storm by seven wickets in the Charlotte Edwards Trophy at Beckenham.

The Stars chased down the visitors’ 145 for six with an over remaining in the Group B fixture, closing on 148 for three.

Cranstone scored 66 not out from 49 balls, with six fours and put on an unbeaten 108 for the fourth wicket with Moore, who made 57 not out from balls, including five fours. Claire Nicholas took two for 17.

Georgia Hennessy was the Storm’s top scorer with 50 from 52 balls with six fours. Fellow opener Heather Knight was next highest with 35, while Bryony Smith took two for 22.

The Stars won the toss and chose to field, but they toiled for the first half of the innings, with the visitors reaching 49 without loss after the powerplay.

Yet having advanced to 81 without further loss the Storm stuttered, the breakthrough coming in the 12th over when Knight was run out by Alice Davidson-Richards, who deflected a violent drive by Hennessy onto the stumps at the non-striker’s end, leaving the England captain stranded.

Hennessy brought up her 50 with a driven single off Smith, but she was out to the next ball she faced when she was caught and bowled by the same bowler. Smith then took her second wicket when she had Sophie Luff caught by Freya Davies for 12 at mid-on.

Danielle Gibson scored the first six of the match when she smashed Alice Capsey over cow corner, but she was out to the same bowler for 11, caught on the boundary by Phoebe Franklin. Fi Morris was then run out by Moore for seven and Davidson-Richards trapped Natasha Wraith lbw for five with the penultimate ball of the innings, leaving Katie George to hit the final ball to boundary to finish on four not out, alongside Fran Wilson, who was unbeaten on 15.

The Stars’ chase got off to a rocky start when Claire Nicholas claimed two wickets from successive balls in the fourth over. Smith was caught by Luff and Capsey bowled for a golden duck. The hosts were on 39 for two at the end of the powerplay and in the next over Franklin was caught for 8 when she hit Knight to Gibson.

Cranstone skied George’s final ball of the tenth over, but the chance was dropped, leaving the Stars on 72 for three at the halfway point. Smart running between the wickets helped Cranstone and Moore complete their 50 partnership and the game seemed to be drifting away from the visitors. Cranstone reached her half-century with a driven two from Nicholas and Moore passed the same landmark in the penultimate over with two off Hennessy.

Cranstone then hit the winning runs when she swept Hennessy for four with the final ball of the 19th over.

South East Stars Kalea Moore said: “It was a last minute thing me coming in because Alice Davidson-Richards damaged her hand, but quite frankly I took the opportunity and I’m glad I did! It was actually a really nice wicket to bat on and with Aylish I felt very, very comfortable because she’s so experienced. I thought if, us two keep ticking we’re going to be perfectly fine.

“It made it so much easier for me. I thought if I keep ticking here, she can hit the bad ones, although I must say, I don’t think I’ve run so many twos in my life. We always know we can back each other to run, so with such a big boundary we always knew we could hit twos.

“It’s a very happy dressing room. It’s good that we bounced back from Wednesday and as team we did very well overall.”


Western Storm’s Georgia Hennessy said: “I think we posted just a below average total. With a couple of early wickets I thought we were really in it, but unfortunately we couldn’t quite get over the line at the end.

“The platform was there I think, it was just a bit disappointing for the girls because we have got the depth and the power, which we saw at Sunrisers the other night. It was disappointing we didn’t get a few more but it was a decent effort out there considering the batting line-up they’ve got.

“We spoke about what a par score would have been after the powerplay. 160 was what we were looking to get. It’s quite a big outfield and I think they ran between the wickets better than us. They took their twos quite well, pushed our fielders and put them under pressure. Par was about 160. Aylish played a very experienced innings, just knocking it around. She didn’t need to do anything dangerous. They did it quite comfortably in the end. but we did well to take it as deep as we could.”


Loughborough Lightning v Thunder (Leicester)

Tammy Beaumont’s second half-century of the season and Piepa Cleary’s three-for underpinned Lightning’s first-ever Charlotte Edwards Cup victory.

England international Beaumont replicated here 59 from last week with a classy innings after Australian fast bowler Cleary had restricted Thunder to 152 – despite Georgie Boyce and Emma Lamb’s 130-run opening stand.

Lightning had lost all six of their fixtures in the competition last year and had already gone down to Southern Vipers and Diamonds this term – but secured a five-wicket victory at the eighth time of asking.

Lamb and Boyce had put on 95 in the victory over Diamonds on Wednesday and were at it again with a largely low-risk accumulation having chosen to bat first.

A rapid outfield paired with a short-sided boundary saw the Milligan Road side of the Uptonsteel County Ground peppered as 40 runs came off the power-play.

The duo kept pace with each other, scoring their half-centuries within three minutes of each other with the same exact 44 ball and five boundary stats. They both got lucky, and Cleary unlucky, as catches were shelled at mid-off and deep midwicket.

Just as a score north of 160 looked probable, Lightning fought back to stifle the visitors with four wickets coming in 10 balls. Lamb scooped to cover and Boyce was well-caught at long-on for 56 and 71 respectively to end the second-highest stand in Charlotte Edwards Cup history.

Cleary’s luck returned to have Ellie Threlkeld caught behind and Danielle Collins stumped with back-to-back balls before Shachi Pai was run out in the final over. Cleary’s figures three for 34.

The ever-effervescent Alex Hartley made the early breakthrough of Marie Kelly, lbw while sweeping, but Ella Claridge and Beaumont copied much of what Boyce and Lamb had done earlier.

Beaumont needs no introductions, with intelligent manoeuvrability mixed with power, while Claridge – schooled at Buckinghamshire and Leighton Buzzard Town CC – showed off brutal muscle to hit four boundaries in the V.

She was undone by Phoebe Graham’s slower ball to end a 61-run stand with her greatly experienced partner – who moved to a 34-ball fifty with a glorious cover drive.

Beaumont, who had been dropped on 20, dragged a cross-bat shot to mid-on and Sarah Bryce was stumped. Kathryn Bryce took her side to the brink of victory with 29 before Bethan Ellis’ back-to-back boundaries took them to the win with seven balls to spare.

Lighting pace bowler Piepa Cleary:

"I have only just joined Lightning this year but it is awesome. There was a really good feeling between us the whole game and that was a really good chase from the girls. We're stoked to get our first win.

"We had a good powerplay then they looked like they could get out of control but we pulled it back well. 

"T20 can be like that. You can bowl really well and not take any wickets and then sometimes when you don't bowl well you take it. I am just happy to take those wickets at the backend, it is always nice.

"I'm learning as much as I'm hopefully giving back to the girls. The conditions are really different over here and it is a really nice group.

"Tammy came out and hit the ball just beautifully, then everyone kept it going to make sure we got it done with an over to spare.

"When you've been losing you don't have time to dwell, but now we have one off our backs we can hopefully keep it going."


Thunder captain Ellie Threlkeld:

"Georgie Boyce and Emma Lamb were exceptional at the top of the order today. They did exactly what we had spoken about but we left 20 or 30 runs out there which was disappointing. They are a really good partnership and was beautiful to watch.

"Credit to the Lightning batters they batted really well. We probably didn't have our best day with the ball, with too many boundary balls and didn't build enough pressure. We will learn a lot from today; we competed well and played some good cricket.

"Vipers are playing some very good cricket but so are the other teams in the group. THe nature of T20 cricket is everyone can beat everyone so we'll be looking to capitalise in the next few games."

Northern Diamonds v Southern Vipers

Katie Levick's five-wicket haul proved to be in vain as Southern Vipers made it three Charlotte Edwards Cup wins from three with a 11-run victory over Northern Diamonds in Durham.

Leg-spinner Levick claimed 5-15 as Vipers fell away after a strong start, posting 126 all out despite an impressive 48 from Danni Wyatt.

Bess Heath's half-century was a lone hand for Diamonds who fell short of their victory target and have now won just one of their three Group B matches.

Diamonds' chase got off to a flyer as Heath hit each of the first four deliveries from Lauren Bell for four.

Heath and Sterre Kalis guided Diamonds to 48 without loss after the powerplay but Kalis was run out in the next over for 18.

Heath continued to flourish but Nat Sciver never got going before she was bowled by Anya Shrubsole for four. At the halfway stage, Diamonds were 69 for two, needing another 58 to win.

Vipers applied the squeeze but Heath reached an impressive half-century from just 42 balls.

She fell two balls later though, chipping Nancy Harman to Shrubsole for 51 to leave Diamonds 90 for three, needing 37 to win from five overs.

That proved the key wicket for Vipers, as Diamonds failed to kick on.

Abi Glen, Hollie Armitage and Leigh Kasperek all fell trying to find quick runs on a pitch which had proved very difficult to start your innings on.

Diamonds needed an unlikely 21 runs from their final over and Vipers sealed an impressive win with Linsey Smith bowled from the final delivery.

Earlier, Vipers' opening pair Wyatt and Georgia Adams made their intentions clear with a boundary apiece in the first over, before the third over - bowled by Emma Marlow - went for 14.

The introduction of Levick paid dividends as Adams fell for a quickfire 24, picking out Sciver at short midwicket.

Maia Bouchier hit her first ball for four but that wicket had shifted momentum and Diamonds never relinquished it.

Vipers quickly lost three wickets for seven runs in just 17 balls, with Bouchier and Paige Scholfield falling to Levick and the impressive Rachel Slater removing Georgia Elwiss.

Wyatt marched on, anchoring the innings, but she attempted to heave Abi Glen over the midwicket boundary and Sciver took an excellent catch to remove her England team-mate for 48 from 43 balls.

Marlow then dismissed Harman and Freya Kemp in the 17th over before Levick returned.

She deceived Shrubsole, who chipped to Smith, before her superb five-wicket haul was complete with the lbw of Tara Norris.

Carla Rudd's run out meant Vipers fell three balls short of their 20 overs. They lost their last six wickets in 27 balls for just 24 runs.

Georgia Adams, Vipers captain - "(Winning) is becoming a habit. It was a tough one today, we knew they would be coming at us hard and they've got a great team. To get over the line on a tricky pitch and play the way we did today, we will take that and we are chuffed to bits.

After the start we got, we would have liked to have got to 140 and that would have been a good, competitive total. We never felt out of the game and we are confident with our bowling line-up.

That's what I love about this team. We are ruthless, when someone is under par someone else steps up. We get in a battle and compete until the end and that is what is so rewarding about leading the team."


Katie Levick, who took 5-15 - "A proud moment for me, it's my first five-wicket haul for the Diamonds and they don't come around often in T20 cricket. I am pleased with how I came out and how we did in the first half but ultimately it's the loss that you remember. 

We saw the pitch and thought bat first as it was going to get harder. They stuck to their lines and the game got away from us kind of without us noticing really and suddenly it's a tough ask for batters to come in and get going out there on that pitch. 

It just turned enough. You don't want it to do too much but it was nice. One of those pitches where if you stuck to your lines you would be alright. 


Central Sparks v Sunrisers (Edgbaston)

England’s Amy Jones left several dents in Edgbaston Stadium after an effortless half-century of 80 off 48 poised Central Sparks for a 23-run victory against Sunrisers in the Charlotte Edwards Cup.       

Jones added to Central Sparks final total of 153 but also her mammoth collection of runs this competition so far, now totalling 172. The grounds-staff and crowd were invited into the game as she thumped boundaries left-right-and-centre of them.

Kudos to Freeborn who brought the energy after the skipper’s departure, which Jones freely bounced off. 

Sparks performance in the field extinguished any sign of life from the Sunrisers. Impressive spells from Glenn (2-14), and youngsters Hannah Baker (2-20) and Grace Potts (2-29) meant nothing could stop Sunrisers’ wickets being chipped away in the latter half of their innings.   

Sunrisers, who came into this match very much the underdogs, proved to be tougher than expected opponents for the leaders of the table, Central Sparks.

With no wins under their belt, Sunrisers unexpectedly reduced Sparks from the offset to an uncharacteristically slow powerplay, largely down to Naomi Dattani’s clean bowl of pinch-hitter Issy Wong in the second over.

With the wealth of experience provided by England wicketkeeper Amy Jones, this angst was only temporary. Jones racked up an epic 80 off 48, keeping the Edgbaston crowd on their toes with sixes all over the park. Aided by some dropped catches from the Sunrisers, the pair charged ahead as Abbey Freeborn’s entrance injected some much-needed energy into the innings.

Sparks finished on 153-5, not an impossible chase for Sunrisers who posted 160 against Western Storm on Wednesday.

Whilst openers Cordialla Griffith and Grace Scrivens showed fighting spirit in the powerplay, Sparks  reinforced their dominance in Group A of the Charlotte Edwards Cup as Captain Eve Jones set a near perfect field restricting Sunrisers for a large part of their batting innings. 

Entertaining power hitting from the very promising 18 year old Scrivens returned but could not survive the Sparks superior bowling attack. Sparks removed Sunrisers’ openers in two balls, ensuring further damage could not be done.

Sunrisers’ failed to inject pace into their innings and hopes disappeared as wickets fell consistently throughout the remaining overs. The superiority of Sparks field was clear as four players took two wickets each including youngest Spark Hannah Baker whose effective leg-spin signalled future talent.

A gutsy half-century from Dattani (51 off 32) kept Sparks on edge and teased a repeat of Wednesday’s dramatic final ball finish. Partners left Dattani steadily though and ultimately it was not enough to rescue Sunrisers who felt short by 23 runs. 

The most youthful team in the Charlotte Edwards Cup could not match the Sparks bowling excellence, but a display of great cricket has left both teams with many positives to take forward.

Central Sparks Wicketkeeper Amy Jones:

“Great to get the win, it's the most important thing. Batting wise it was quite a tricky start actually. Their bowlers bowled really well, it was quite hard to get them away. Abbey Freeborn came in and just injected a bit of energy. I bounced off that a bit and then just freed up and we did well finding the boundaries towards the back the middle and back end so not a bad score on there, but we weren't too sure to be honest if it was enough. 

We spoke before the game about underestimating them and not being overconfident kind of thing. We respected their bowlers but they just hit really good lengths. Even though there were short boundaries everywhere, it just felt hard to get the boundary at the start. It took us maybe a little bit too long to adapt to the wicket and then once we did we were we were flying them. It was a lower score than we've gotten before and which, so we knew we were going to have to bowl well to defend it.” 


Sunrisers Captain Kelly Castle:

“There's a lot of positives for us to take, and obviously in the scorebook always says a loss. But for us there's so many positives and as a squad, we take the small wins.” 

“There was a lot of people like Dattani coming in and really performing her role with the bat and making us being able to take the game quite deep.” 

“We just need to continue that momentum. There was different parts of the game where we got a lot of momentum, but it's quite hard going into the end and losing a few wickets. We've got a lot of girls who are coming into the squad who've never played in stadiums like this, so it's all an experience for them as well. I can't really pinpoint what the loss is. I think we're still going in the right direction and we just need to get over the line.”



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