Rachael Heyhoe Flint Trophy 2021: All the Match Scores, Reports and Scorecards June 6th 2021 – RHF Trophy 2021
Half-centuries for both Tammy Beaumont and Kathryn Bryce and four wickets for spinner Lucie Gordon ensured Lightning posted their first victory in the Rachael Heyhoe Flint Trophy after a one-sided clash with North West Thunder at Chester Boughton Hall.
Thunder 125/10 (39.2 ov)
Lightning 259/5 (50 ov)
Lightning won by 134 runs.
Beaumont confirmed her status as one of the finest batters around with a chanceless 89 before Bryce's 74 took Lightning to a daunting total of 259 for five off their 50 overs.
Gordon then claimed four for 23 as Thunder slumped to 125 all out with Katie Higham's three for ten also contributing to the 134 run win.
Earlier, Beaumont had begun the day in confident fashion in sharp contrast to her opening partner Sarah Bryce who took until the eighth over to get off the mark.
But once the pair got into the stride the runs came easily with both Kate Cross and Piepa Cleary struggling to make an impact as the stand advanced to 74 before Bryce hit Alex Hartley straight to Nat Brown at mid-off for 24.
Kathryn Bryce replaced her sister at the crease and with Beaumont continuing to show her class, 98 runs were added for the second wicket until the World Cup winner fell 11 short of a deserved century after Hartley took a superb tumbling catch off Ecclestone.
The England spinner was proving the one thorn in Lightning's side and she picked up a second victim by bowling Abigail Freeborn for 0.
When Sonia Odedra fell soon after to a sharp caught and bowled chance taken by Emma Lamb, Thunder looked to be dragging themselves back into the contest with Lightning 187 for four with less than nine overs left.
Bryce had other ideas and the attacking shots began to come out as she reached 74 before hitting a Hartley delivery to Ecclestone in the deep.
Teresa Graves and Lucy Higham continued the momentum allowing Lightning to set 260 to win which proved far beyond the host's capabilities.
Thunder did enjoy a decent start thanks to Lamb and Georgia Boyce and the opening pair had compiled a stand of 39 when Gordon bowled the latter for 13.
It was the start of a golden spell for Gordon who quickly rearranged Ellie Threlkeld's stumps before Graves claimed Cleary and Lamb, who undid her good work by slogging one to Gordon on the midwicket boundary for 42.
Higham chipped in with the wickets of Ecclestone and Danielle Collins either side of two more scalps for Gordon as Cross and Marshall both went without scoring.
All of a sudden Thunder had lost four wickets for 13 runs and the game was over bar the shouting with only Brown's 24 and Hartley's 28 lending a hint of respectability to the Lightning scorecard.
Kirsty Gordon, Lightning, said: "It was really important for us to get the first win on the board.
"We've had bits of good performances in the last two games but we haven't put the whole package together. Today the batters up top set the tone and were excellent and for me personally it was nice to get some wickets.
"We felt we had a good competative score as about 240 was par but it still felt like anyone's game. We had to start well with the ball and we did that and then continued throughout the innnings. As a spinner it's nice to have that total on the board as you know the batters have to come at you a little bit and you can set fields for that and change your pace and bring variations into play.
"I am pleased at the mmoment and it's coming out nicely. It was a good wicket to be fair but there was the odd bit of grip and a bit of a slope so there were two elements of doubt in the batters' minds which is great as a spinner."
Sophie Ecclestone, North West Thunder: "It's not how we wanted the game to end but we have to take the positives out the game such as how we came back and fought well.
"I think we have quite a young side and in a few year's time we'll be alright but at the minute we're just trying to do the basics and practice better and more often which I think really helps. You can see the improvements from last year to this year so I think a lot of it is about working hard on the training pitch and translating that on to the field.
"Emma (Lamb) and Georgia (Boyce) are doing great with the bat - they're really leading us off and it's great that they're doing what they're doing on this kind of stage. They'll be putting their names forward for the England squad in the future.
"It's so nice to play for Thunder and play with the players here and hopefully take some momentum into the England series.
"I think a few more games and training sessions and I'll be raring to go for the Test match."
Lightning - Kathryn Bryce (c), Grace Ballinger, Tammy Beaumont, Sarah Bryce, Bethan Ellis, Abbey Freeborn, Kirstie Gordon, Teresa Graves, Yvonne Graves, Nancy Harman, Lucy Higham, Leah Kellogg, Michaela Kirk, Ellie Mitchell, Sophie Munro, Sonia Odedra, Shachi Pai, Alicia Presland
Thunder - Alex Hartley (c), Georgie Boyce, Natalie Brown, Alice Clarke, Daniella Collins, Kate Cross, Rebecca Duckworth, Alice Dyson, Sophie Ecclestone, Liberty Heap, Laura Jackson, Hannah Jones, Emma Lamb, Daisy Mullan, Olivia Thomas, Ellie Threlkeld, Sophia Turner
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