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Charlotte Edwards Cup Finals Day – September 5th 2021

South East Stars
South East Stars

Charlotte Edwards Cup Finals Day – September 5th 2021

South East Stars vs Northern Diamonds - Final

Northern Diamonds 138/4

South East Stars 139/5

Result - South East Stars won by five wickets

Alice Capsey shrugged off a collapse to smashed 40 off 26 balls to hand South East Stars the inaugural Charlotte Edwards Cup with a five-wicket victory over Northern Diamonds

The 17-year-old Capsey, a Hundred sensation with victors Oval Invincibles, arrived in the midst of four wickets falling in 14 balls to both steady the ship and take her side to the finish line.

Stars were chasing 139 to win as Diamonds captain Hollie Armitage collected an unbeaten 59 and had a 71-run platform set by their openers Bryony Smith and Aylish Cranstone.

But it was Capsey who once again underlined her big-game temperament to take Stars over the line with two overs to spare in front of 1,270 at the Ageas Bowl.

Diamonds found a formula in their victory over Southern Vipers in the Eliminator earlier in the day, and replicated it steadfastly.

Again, they won the toss, batted carefully in the Powerplay, one of their top four – Hollie Armitage rather than Lauren Winfield-Hill – did the bulk of the scoring and Jenny Gunn scored an unbeaten 22.

This time the openers reversed their dismissals – with Leah Dobson caught at mid-off and Bess Heath run out – by an incredible pick-up and direct hit from Emma Jones.

England batter Winfield-Hill scored 65 in the victory over the Vipers but fell for a third ball duck when she was leg before to Grace Gibbs.

But Armitage, who’s highest score for Diamonds this season before today was 21, took control with a run-hard approach – only scoring four boundaries despite a strike-rate in excess of 120.

The skipper reached her half-century in 41 balls, identical to Winfield-Hill in the afternoon, as she added 43 with Sterre Kalis – who was caught and bowled by Linsey Smith – and an unbroken 50 with Gunn.

Where the Vipers stuttered in response, Stars attacked in the Powerplay – with Bryony Smith and Aylish Cranstone both striking three fours apiece, with the former also adding a slog-swept six as 50 was smashed in the first six overs.

After a further 26 runs in 13 balls, Cranstone stepped on her own stumps before Smith chopped her namesake on in the following over.

A collapse was in full effect when Katie Levick’s leg-spin accounted for Gibbs and Phoebe Franklin – caught deep midwicket and mid-on respectively – in four balls, with four wickets falling in quick succession.

Amid the chaos, the precociously talented teenager Capsey had arrived at the crease, scooped to the boundary first ball and was motoring.

A straight six, a sweetly timed flicked through midwicket were the eye-candy among 14 singles and two twos.

She added 51 with the equally impressive Alice Davidson-Richards, who was caught at extra cover with three still required, before Kirstie White flicked off her legs to give her side their first piece of silverware.

South East Stars all-rounder Alice Capsey, who scored 40 not out:

“What a summer it has been! Both for me personally but also for this team. We’ve won the majority of our games and it has been incredible since the Hundred.

“We want to play brave cricket and we always aimed to take our bravest options whether it came off or not. We also have a really long batting line up so if we lose a few quick wickets then we can always catch up.

“My confidence is good at the moment but cricket is a challenging game and it isn’t going to be like this all the time. I’ve definitely felt in good touch since coming back from the Hundred and learnt a lot from the Hundred and aimed to turn that into put in contributions for the team.

“The girls have been amazing and I’ve had a lot of support from them.

“We’ve got three more 50-over games and I think if we win them then and continue our performances from the T20s then I think we stand a good chance of making another finals day.”


Northern Diamonds captain Hollie Armitage, who scored 59 not out:

“I think we did a really good job in the first game to get us into a position where we could win the second. I just think we ran out of steam in the end. 

“We maybe didn’t adapt as well as we could have done in the powerplay, and credit to the Stars. They came out and hit the ground running, putting us under a lot of pressure. It was a big run chase in a final, so credit to them.

“We thought it was a competitive target we had there. Chasing 139 is tough, whether it’s a final or not to be honest. 

“If I can take some momentum into the 50-over comp, great. But, for me, the most important thing is to try and get the team over the line. It just wasn’t meant to be today.”

Playing XIs


South East Stars - Bryony Smith(c), Kirstie White, Alice Capsey, Alice Davidson-Richards, Aylish Cranstone, Phoebe Franklin, Grace Gibbs, Emma Jones, Kalea Moore, Kira Chathli(wk), Dani Gregory

Northern Diamonds - Leah Dobson, Bess Heath(wk), Lauren Winfield-Hill, Hollie Armitage(c), Sterre Kalis, Jenny Gunn, Linsey Smith, Alex MacDonald, Rachel Hopkins, Rachel Slater, Katie Levick


Match Details


Start Time: 16:00

Toss: Northern Diamonds won the toss and decided to bat

Venue: The Ageas Bowl, Southampton

Officials: Sarah Bartlett, Sue Redfern, Anna Harris, Philip Whitticase

Northern Diamonds vs Southern Vipers at the Ageas Bowl - Eliminator

Northern Diamonds 135/6 beat Southern Vipers 117 by 18 runs


Northern Diamonds gained revenge for their 2020 Rachael Heyhoe Flint Trophy final defeat by beating Southern Vipers to reach the Charlotte Edwards Cup final.

England international Lauren Winfield-Hill’s 65 laid the foundation for a competitive total of 135 before legendary quick Jenny Gunn’s four for 26 capped an all-around magnificent bowling display.

Vipers, who were without key batters Danni Wyatt, Maia Bouchier and Charlie Dean due to international call-ups, fell 18 runs short – as they couldn’t win the trophy bearing her name for their head coach.

Diamonds will face South East Stars in the final at the Ageas Bowl at 4pm today (SUNDAY).

After Diamonds had won the toss, opening batter Leah Dobson and mid-off Ella McCaughan engaged in an early battle, firstly the latter spilt a catch before running the former an over later.

Bess Heath had her middle stump knocked back by Lauren Bell, as the Diamonds recorded their lowest Powerplay score of the tournament – 30 for two –but Winfield-Hill and Armitage provided the backbone of a competitive total with a 59-run stand.

Runs never came by the bucket load on a hybrid pitch but rarely did fewer than six runs come off each over – with both Winfield-Hill and Armitage’s strike-rates teetering around 100.

Armitage fell for a season-high 25 when she chipped to mid-off, before Sterre Kalis was bowled attempting a ramp.

Winfield-Hill reached a 41-ball half-century with a ramped four and exploded with a six and a four before Georgia Adams bounced back to bowl her.

Veteran Gunn led a late flurry of runs with two sixes, and although Linsey Smith departed in the last over, Diamonds reached a strong score.

In response, Vipers lost both openers in the Powerplay, with McCaughan stumped after hitting the ball into her foot and failing to get back and Adams clothed a pull to short midwicket.

Paige Scholfield hammered Alex MacDonald down the ground but was undone by a perfect leg cutter next ball and Georgia Elwiss top-edged to deep midwicket.

A spell of 43 barren balls without a boundary meant running between the wickets needed to be exemplary, something Windsor led.

Windsor had been dropped on three but made the most of her life with an energetic 32 – although her team-mates couldn't assist with the run-scoring as the required rate skyrocketed.

Tara Norris holed out to wide long-on before Gunn had Alice Monaghan lbw and Lauren Bell bowled in successive balls, Windsor was caught and bowled and Ella Chander was run out.

Carla Rudd whacked the last delivery straight to deep midwicket as Vipers were bowled out for 117.

Southern Vipers captain Georgia Adams:

“We are extremely disappointed and gutted to not be able to get over the line and into the final in front of our home crowd. But we were beaten by a better side on the day.

“Their innings showed the benefit of having one of the top four batting through and then having Jenny Gunn coming in at the end and hitting a few to make them get about 15 too many. Unfortunately, our top four didn’t get in and bat long enough.

“We want to produce England players and win trophies here at the Vipers. We’ve done that. We’ve lost Maia Bouchier and Charlie Dean to the England squad and that is great for us. Now it is about the senior players who are here to step up and get us over the line and encourage those younger players to come in and show our depth.

“Charlotte Edwards, our head coach, is probably seeing it as a real win to get those girls in the England set-up. Seeing Maia walkout last night was great I felt chuffed for her but that is where we need to be clinical in making the younger players get prepared. It is bittersweet.

“Lottie will be absolutely gutted [we didn’t win her trophy]. She is so passionate but she’ll be thinking about the Rachael Heyhoe Flint Trophy already. It won’t change the fact it is named after her!"

Playing XIs

Northern Diamonds - Bess Heath(wk), Leah Dobson, Lauren Winfield-Hill, Hollie Armitage(c), Sterre Kalis, Jenny Gunn, Linsey Smith, Rachel Hopkins, Alex MacDonald, Rachel Slater, Katie Levick

Southern Vipers - Georgia Adams(c), Ella McCaughan, Georgia Elwiss, Paige Scholfield, Emily Windsor, Tara Norris, Carla Rudd(wk), Alice Monaghan, Ella Chandler, Lauren Bell, Charlotte Taylor


Match Details

Start Time: 12:00

Toss: Northern Diamonds won the toss and decided to bat

Venue: The Ageas Bowl, Southampton

Officials: Anna Harris, Sue Redfern, Sarah Bartlett, Philip Whitticase

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