Cricket Betting Tips and Fantasy Cricket Match Predictions: Rachael Heyhoe Flint Trophy 2020 - Thunder vs Central Sparks
The 2nd round match of the Rachael Heyhoe Flint Trophy 2020 will be played between Thunder and Central Sparks at Edgbaston, Birmingham.
Thunder got off to a forgettable start as they lost their top three way short of the 50-run mark. Sophie Ecclestone (60 not out off 61 balls) and Eleanor Threlkeld (52 off 82 balls) steadied the ship, scoring diligent half-centuries.
This allowed the Thunder to not only get past the 200-run mark but also avoid getting all-out, which was rare on day 1 of the Rachael Heyhoe Flint Trophy. Still, it was nowhere close to being a safe total.
Lightning were well placed at 119 for 4 after 31 overs when the heaven opened up. With the opposition needing 32 runs to win from 30 balls as per the revised target, the Thunder needed something special from England international Alex Hartley (2-35).
Hartley delivered in the 34th over, as the over accounted for three dismissals including a run-out, and the team clinched a narrow win by four runs.
Central Sparks would not have expected that they would be bowled out for just 144 within 38.1 overs after they were well placed at 44 for 2 at the end of 10 overs. Skipper Evelyn Jones dismissal, who was caught behind for 15, was a big blow for Central Sparks.
But, the collapse was induced with the run-out of Gwenan Davies for 33 in the 24th over. The Sparks lost their last six wickets for just 36 runs to be bowled out for 144. Sarah Glenn attempted to occupy the crease for her 43-ball 23 but to not much avail.
Central Sparks' bowlers then had no answer to the charge from Lauren Winfield (72) and Hollie Armitage (54 not out). Clare Boycott did disturb Winfield's woodwork but it was too little, too late.
Let's have a look at the probable playing XI of both teams:
Central Sparks - Evelyn Jones (C), Amy Jones (W), Marie Kelly, Gwenan Davies, Sarah Glenn, Thea Brookes, Isabelle Wong, Elizabeth Russell, Anisha Patel, Clare Boycott, Emily Arlott
Thunder - Alexandra Hartley (C), Eleanor Threlkeld (W), Georgie Boyce, Laura Marshall, Emma Lamb, Natalie Brown, Sophie Ecclestone, Kathryn Cross, Sophia Turner, Olivia Thomas, Hannah Jones
Cricket Betting Tips and Match Predictions* - PrePlay
Who will win the toss? - Thunder
Who will win? – Thunder
Top Batter (Runs Scored) – Sophie Ecclestone (Thunder), Amy Jones (Central Sparks)
Top Bowler (Wickets taken) – Alex Hartley (Thunder), Clare Boycott (Central Sparks)
Most Sixes – Sophie Ecclestone (Thunder), Amy Jones (Central Sparks)
Player of the Match – Alex Hartley
Team Scores Batting first – Thunder 220+, Central Sparks 190+
Match Handicap Thunder
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*NB these predictions may be changed nearer the start of the match once the final starting teams have been announced and we will be running ‘In–Play’ features, so stay tuned.
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