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Rachael Heyhoe Flint Trophy 2021 – RHF 2021: All the Match Scores, Reports and Scorecards May 29th 2021

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Rachael Heyhoe Flint Trophy 2021 – RHF 2021: All the Match Scores, Reports and Scorecards May 29th 2021

Western Storm v North West Thunder

Anya Shrubsole scored a brilliant unbeaten 61 as Western Storm opened their Rachael Heyhoe Flint Trophy campaign with a dramatic one-wicket victory over North West Thunder at Bristol.

Match Summary

Western Storm 295/9 (50 ov)

Thunder 291/8 (50 ov)

Storm won by 1 wicket

SCORECARD

Chasing 292 to win in 50 overs, Storm looked to be down and out when Heather Knight was dismissed for 91 in the 37th over. But England World Cup winner Shrubsole smashed 6 fours and 3 sixes in an extraordinary 41-ball innings, hitting Sophie Ecclestone for the winning boundary off the final ball of the match to complete a remarkable turnaround.

Emma Lamb had earlier posted a brilliant century as North West Thunder raised 191-8. The opening bat top-scored with 121 from 105 balls and shared in a third-wicket stand of 177 in 27 overs with overseas signing Piepa Cleary, who contributed 79 on debut. Shrubsole weighed in with three wickets as part of a superb all-round performance, while Georgia Hennessy claimed 3-57.

England captain Knight represented Storm's best hope and she shrugged off the loss of Lauren Parfitt, Sophie Luff, Hennessy and Nat Wraith to almost single-handedly keep the contest alive, posting a 60-ball 50. But the requirement was for a big hundred and, when Knight, having scored 91 from 90 balls with 12 fours and a six, attempted to pull Cleary, she top-edged a catch behind with a further 97 runs still needed from 13 overs.

Slow left armer Hannah Jones then made a double intervention, accounting for Fi Morris and Gibson in the 39th over, after which Shrubsole picked up the cudgels with stunning effect in an unbroken last wicket stand of 43 with Lauren Filer.

Having served notice of her form with 119 for Lancashire earlier this month, Lamb nudged the selectors, this latest innings of substance coming a month before England meet India in Bristol in the first of three ODIs. The Preston-born 23-year-old adopted the role of senior partner in a revitalising stand with Western Australia all-rounder Cleary, these two running hard between the wickets, keeping the scoreboard moving, punishing the bad ball ruthlessly and, with the notable exception of Shrubsole, imposing themselves upon the bowlers.  

Lamb was first to 50, reaching that landmark from 56 balls, while Cleary faced 20 balls more in attaining the same landmark, the century partnership coming up inside 18 overs. Moving through the gears, Cleary hoisted a short delivery from Mollie Robbins over mid-wicket to register the first six of the match and then found the square leg boundary to bring up the 150 partnership. 

Cleary had faced 99 balls and harvested 8 fours and a six when she played across the line to a straight one from Shrubsole, who then removed Natalie Brown. But there was no stopping the irrepressible Lamb, who raised three figures via 89 balls. A sumptuous six over mid-wicket off Danielle Gibson saw Lamb surpass her previous highest score for Thunder before she perished next ball, run out by Knight's throw from long-on. Ecclestone then provided a late flourish with six boundaries in a quick-fire 37 from 33 balls. 

England captain Knight represented Storm's best hope and she shrugged off the loss of Lauren Filer, Sophie Luff, Hennessy and Nat Wraith to almost single-handedly keep the contest alive, posting a 60-ball 50. But the requirement was for a big hundred and, when Knight, having scored 91 from 90 balls with 12 fours and a six, attempted to pull Cleary, she top-edged a catch behind with a further 97 runs still needed from 13 overs.

Slow left armer Hannah Jones then made a double intervention, accounting for Fi Morris and Gibson in the 39th over to signal the end of the game as a meaningful contest. 

Sunrisers vs South East Stars

Sophia Dunkley earned the applause of Lisa Keightley as her century set up a crushing 135 run bonus point victory for South East Stars over Sunrisers.

Match Summary

Sunrisers 189/10 (39.2 ov)

South East Stars 324/7 (50 ov)

SE Stars won by 135 runs

SCORECARD

All-rounder Dunkley smashed an unbeaten 104 off 93 balls to send the Stars to a record highest Rachael Heyhoe Flint Trophy total of 324 for seven.

Dunkley, who has played 15 international T20s, is hoping to make her ODI debut this summer with India and New Zealand touring and will have impressed an on-looking England head coach Keightley.

England fast bowler Tash Farrant took five for 33 as Sunrisers were bowled out for 189, with 65 balls to spare at the Cloudfm County Ground, Chelmsford.

Bryony Smith and Alice Davidson-Richards got the Stars off to a flier by putting on 107 in 18 overs, having been asked to bat first on a belting wicket in flawless conditions.

Smith was the more aggressive, pulling a six in just the second over and another to bring up a 53-ball fifty – comfortably bettering her best score of eight in last year’s truncated competition.

Davidson-Richards joined her at the milestone in 63 balls before Kelly Castle entered the attack and halted the visitors’ progress.

The Essex-born seamer had Smith well caught at square leg with her first delivery before picking up Davidson-Richards and Alice Capsey in consecutive deliveries soon after – eventually returning three for 40.

Dunkley rebuilt, initially steadily, but with Aylish Cranstone began to find her tempo while playing strongly in front of the wicket.

Cranstone, Kirstie White and Farrant fell in quick succession but Dunkley went past her 51-ball half-century for the seventh time in her last eight List A innings.

Partnerships of 53 and 44 with the destructive Grace Gibbs and Rhianna Southby pushed the Stars over 300 before Dunkley firmly swept through mid-on to wave her bat on her third 50-over hundred – with Keightley clapping the impressive knock.

Left-armer Farrant made sure the chase was never really on for Sunrisers as she had Cordelia Griffin and Amara Carr caught within the first nine overs.

The Stars captain then picked up Lissy MacLeod and Fran Wilson in her sixth over before Sunrisers retaliated in the shape of a 73-run stand between Mady Villiers and Naomi Dattani. Gibbs broke the stand by castling Villiers before Dattani was bowled for 47.

The required run-rate continued to grow exponentially to leave the chase to fizzle out, with Farrant and Smith taking the last two wickets.

Northern Diamonds vs Central Sparks

A superb century from Amy Jones and an unbeaten 71 from Sarah Glenn helped Central Sparks pull off an incredible run chase to beat Northern Diamonds in a thrilling opener to both sides' Rachael Heyhoe Flint Trophy campaign.

Northern Diamonds 279/10 (49.2 ov)

Central Sparks 283/8 (48.2 ov)

Sparks won by 2 wickets

SCORECARD

Earlier, Winfield-Hill had reached three figures off 123 balls, but her efforts were in vain as Sparks went on to snatch a scarcely credible victory.

Diamonds' innings saw Issy Wong pick up an impressive five for 49 from her ten overs, but only Glenn could offer any meaningful support as a scrappy performance in the field saw Sparks drop catches and concede 22 extras, including 18 wides.

Wong and Emily Arlott had kept things tight early on with the teenage quick picking up the early wicket of Hollie Armitage, bowled with a vicious yorker for 13, before Natalie Sciver hit one straight to Eve Jones at midwicket for seven, to leave Diamonds 38 for two.

From then on it was all about Winfield-Hill as she began to feast on Sparks' supporting bowlers and together with Sterre Kalis constructed a third wicket partnership of 112.

When Kalis was out lbw to the impressive Glenn, Katherine Brunt took over and the England legend was there to witness Winfield-Hill bring up her century with a towering six into the Western Terrace off Ria Fackrell.

Winfield-Hill eventually fell in the 42nd over to a good catch from Fackrell off Steph Butler but Brunt's 46 and useful cameos from Jenny Gunn, Alex MacDonald and Beth Langston ensured Diamonds' total was more than adequate.

Sparks got off to the worst possible start, losing both their opening batters without scoring as Brunt and Langston picked up a wicket each.

But Jones and Marie Kelly sparked a recovery as they compiled a partnership of 103 for the third wicket before Kelly holed out to Brunt off Linsey Smith for 31 with the same bowler then forcing Milly Home to edge behind for one.

A stunning one-handed catch from Gunn accounted for Butler for three but Jones stood firm and brought her own century up from 106 balls with three sixes and 11 fours.

When Jones was caught by Amy Campbell for 114 the writing was on the wall for Sparks but Glenn had other ideas as she smashed a quick-fire 50 from 38 balls as an unbeaten ninth wicket partnership of 87 with Arlott saw the Sparks home.

Southern Vipers vs Lightning

Southern Vipers 215/6 (46.5 ov)

Lightning 214/9 (50 ov)

Vipers won by 4 wickets

SCORECARD

Southern Vipers got their Rachael Heyhoe Flint Trophy title defence off to a solid start, beating Lightning by four wickets in the opening round of the 2021 competition at the Ageas Bowl.

Despite a fiery spell  from left-arm spinner Kirstie Gordon (four for 35), who bowled her ten overs straight through and took out all four of the Vipers top order, Vipers reached their 215-run target with 3.1 overs to spare - the highlight a 55-ball half-century churned out by Danni Wyatt.

Earlier, Lightning had been restricted to an under-par 214 for nine thanks to a zippy spell from left-arm seamer Tara Norris (3-47), who also held a good catch in the deep to see off Tammy Beaumont (57).

Vipers had initially looked easily on course in their chase, reaching 51 without loss in the opening powerplay. However, Gordon - introduced in the 10th over - induced a miscue from last year’s leading tournament run-scorer Georgia Adams (28), and followed it up with the crucial wicket of Wyatt.

By the time she was done, Vipers had sunk to 135-4, only the end to her 10-over spell allowed Charlie Dean (32) and Paige Scholfield (38*) the breathing space to get the job done.

Earlier, Lightning had won the toss and chosen to bat, but were reduced to 4 for four in the first tenovers. Opener Sarah Bryce and South African import Michaela Kirk both departed for ducks. Bryce fell in the very first over of the day, caught behind slashing outside off at a Lauren Bell delivery, to a huge roar from the newly-returned crowd.

Sister Kathryn, fresh from a not out 45 for Scotland against Ireland earlier in the week, fared slightly better with 13, but became the first of Norris’s three victims in the sixth over when she miscued a pull shot and was caught in the deep.

ICC no.1 ranked ODI batter Beaumont did her best to anchor the innings, sharing a crucial 59-run partnership with Lucy Higham (32) and bringing up an 86-ball half-century in the 32nd over. 

However, she holed out to Norris at deep backward square leg two overs later and while a 34-run partnership between sisters Teresa and Yvonne Graves at the back end of the innings allowed Lightning to clock up just over 200, it proved not quite enough on a good wicket. 

Norris finished with three for 47 from her ten overs and Charlotte Dean took two for 52.

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