Charlotte Edwards T20 Cup - South East Stars lose by 7 wickets to Southern Vipers
Georgia Adams and Maia Bouchier produced a relentless display of scoring as Southern Vipers maintained their flawless Charlotte Edwards Cup record with a seven-wicket victory over South East Stars.
South East Stars 127/7 (20 ov)
Southern Vipers 130/3 (15.4 ov)
Result - Southern Vipers won by 7 wickets
Adams, who was the inaugural Rachael Heyhoe Flint Trophy’s leading run-scorer, bludgeoned 50 in 31 deliveries, including eight fours.
Bouchier, who had put on 89 with Adams for the first wicket, crashed 53 not out as Vipers knocked off the 128 required with 24 balls to spare.
Earlier, Charlotte Taylor took three for 12 to continue her County Ground, Beckenham love affair, as South East Stars, who have now won one and lost two, struggled to find a focal point to their innings.
Adams tucked into Alexa Stonehouse’s first over of the reply with 18 runs, including a trio of leg-side boundaries on a belting wicket.
The Vipers skipper maintained the unyielding scoring with; a pulled four, a swing to the mid-wicket rope, a full toss dispatched off her hip and a cut as her score raced to 36 – out of 4 – by the end of the fourth over.
Bouchier wasn’t going to miss out on the fun with a couple of drives and a lofted chip to the boundary as the pair recorded the tournament’s highest opening stand – and allay any worries they would miss England’s Danni Wyatt.
Adams reached her fifty in 30 balls, including eight fours, before chipping to long-on next ball before Georgia Elwiss was bowled – both wickets falling to Bryony Smith.
Charlie Dean was bowled trying to reverse Kalea Moore but Bouchier cover drove the winning runs to bring up a 43 ball fifty.
Stars’ innings, having been asked to bat first, was built out of contributions rather than an individual innings of note – with Kira Chathli top scoring with 30, and Alice Capsey, Phoebe Franklin and Susie Rowe all making sure the total kept ticking along with 29, 24 and 19 respectively.
Openers Alice Davidson-Richards and Smith were both bamboozled by Taylor, the first stumped trying to negate the away swing and the second skied to mid-on.
Franklin accelerated with four boundaries before she was bowled off her pad, before Taylor returned to have Grace Gibbs flailing out to long-on. The off-spinner took four for 21 on the ground in the Trophy back in May.
Capsey and Rowe nurdled nicely in a 30-run stand, but the latter swung out to deep midwicket and the latter was bowled by Lauren Bell when attempting a scoop.
Chathli reached a 20-ball 30, although was caught at short third man off the penultimate ball of the innings.