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Rachael Heyhoe Flint Trophy 2021 – RHF 2021: All the Match Scores, Reports and Scorecards May 31st 2021

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Rachael Heyhoe Flint Trophy 2021 – RHF 2021: All the Match Scores, Reports and Scorecards May 31st 2021

South East Stars vs Southern Vipers 

Charlotte Taylor maintained her place as the Rachael Heyhoe Flint Trophy’s craftiest bowler by taking four for 21 to help Southern Vipers to a seven-wicket victory over South East Stars.

Match Summary

South East Stars 137/10 (39.5 ov)

Southern Vipers 138/3 (28.4 ov)

Southern Vipers won by 7 wickets

SCORECARD

Spinner Taylor, who was last year’s top wicket-taker, bamboozled the Stars’ top-order batters with her crafty arm-balls to restrict Stars to 137.

England’s Danni Wyatt made sure there were no nerves in the chase with her second half-century in as many matches, to continue her run of reaching the milestone in every Trophy match she has appeared in.

She scored 64 not out, with international team-mate Georgia Elwiss notching 45, as Vipers maintained their 100 per cent Trophy record – which now stretches to nine wins across two seasons.

Stars were stuck in and found themselves on the end of Taylor first three overs returning an incredible three for one.

It was the movement away from the bat which accounted for Alice Davidson-Richards, who prodded to Georgia Adams at first slip.

Sophia Dunkley, on the back of a sublime unbeaten 104 against Sunrisers, only last two balls before she nicked behind.

Taylor then found Alice Capsey slashing to Charlie Dean at point – to leave Stars slumped on 24 for three.

Bryony Smith and Grace Gibbs rebuilt with a 41-run stand, with the former smashing 41 off 38 to continue her early season form.

They both fell as they were bowled, the former while going back to Dean and the latter by a Wyatt half-tracker.

Aylish Cranstone scored 31 but was stumped off Wyatt, before the England all-rounder had Rhianna Southby caught top-edging to fine leg and Kirstie White skied Adams to mid-wicket.

Taylor returned to pick up Tash Farrant mistiming to mid-on, before Dean completed the spin bowling masterclass by pinning Danielle Gregory.

In total Vipers’ spin bowlers took 10-73, with Taylor’s four-for joined by Wyatt’s three for 19, Dean’s two for 22 and Adams’s one for 11.

England fast bowler Freya Davies temporarily ended the spin dominance when Adams wafted outside her off stump to first slip.

Maia Bouchier followed as she worked Smith to Dunkley mid-wicket – Wyatt remained risk-averse as she embarked on an 87-run stand with Elwiss.

Dunkley, following her duck, continued her poor day as she put down Elwiss and Wyatt in consecutive deliveries at deep midwicket.

Wyatt continued to a 71-ball fifty, her 26th in List A cricket, but it was Elwiss who accelerated towards the winning post with 45 from 43.

In trying to win the match in one big blow Elwiss offered a simple catch to mid-off, before Dean did crash the winning runs soon after, with 128 balls to spare.

Southern Vipers bowler Charlotte Taylor, who took four for 21:

 “That was a fantastic victory. To get a win against these who are a very good outfit on a sunny day in Beckenham – what more could you want. 

“They were three very big wickets at the top, three players we needed to get early. 

“That is the best I have bowled in a very long time. Just the way the ball was coming out and how I felt on the day. I think I bowled better today than in last year’s final, I bowled with more control today. 

“The drift isn’t going anywhere, anywhere fast. It is something I do and it works for me. 

“The two at the end showed their experience from their England careers and have brought it back to us. That is how you finish a game of cricket off, you do it with conviction and you are ruthless.” 

 

South East Star head coach Johann Myburgh:

“It was a disappointing day. We didn’t bat as well as we know we can but that happens in cricket. It was a good pitch and we needed about 250 to be competitive. 

“Taylor has bowled well in the games she played last year and has started this season well again. Players are still a bit tentative against her. I would have liked to see a bit more intent at the top. 

“It is still the start of the season and players have worked hard to put more things into their game over the winter but some things take more time than others. 

“If we keep doing the right things, encouraging the girls to be brave, success will happen more often than not.”

Thunder vs Sunrisers

North West Thunder recovered from their heart-breaking one wicket defeat on the opening day of the Rachael Heyhoe Flint Trophy to beat Sunrisers by 36 runs at Chester Boughton Hall and record their first win of the season.

Match Summary

Thunder 247/9 (50 ov)

Sunrisers 211/10 (45.2 ov)

Thunder won by 36 runs.

SCORECARD


Georgie Boyce hit a superb 91 in Thunder's total of 247 in which Sonali Patel took a hat-trick to finish with figures of 4 for 41.

Sunriser's spirited reply was based around an excellent half century from Fran Wilson but three wickets apiece for England stars Kate Cross and Sophie Ecclestone ensured the target was too much  for Amara Carr's side.

Boyce and Emma Lamb got the hosts off to a steady start and the pair had reached 44 when Patel made the breakthrough thanks to a smart catch from Alice Macleod at mid-off.

A pattern was quickly set as Boyce was joined by a revolving supporting cast with Pippa Cleary, Natalie Brown and Ecclestone all departing to Maddy Villiers' off breaks without hurting the Sunrisers too much.

It was not until the arrival of Cross that Boyce found a partner of any real note as the 29-year-old sparked an acceleration of the run rate with some powerful hitting.

When Boyce finally departed nine short of a well-deserved century, trapped in front Grace Scrivens, Thunder had passed the 200 mark with Cross continuing to bludgeon her side to a competitive total.

It was just as well as when Cross skied one to Wilson for a vital 43 she became the first instalment of a Patel hat-trick with Laura Marshall stumped next ball for 13 before Alex Hartley departed first delivery caught by Scrivens.

The clatter of wickets ensured Thunder closed on 247 for nine which felt a little short of what they would have liked and Sunrisers began their chase in confident fashion.

Macleod and Cordelia Griffith had reached 37 unbeaten in the eighth over before Cross claimed two wickets in two balls to dismiss the latter for 22 and skipper Carr caught behind first ball.

Wilson began to rebuild the innings and Sunrisers looked to have got themselves back in contention  as together with Macleod the pair built a third wicket partnership of 72 until Ecclestone struck trapping the opening batter in front for 38.

Wilson's lone resistance proved fruitless as the visitors lost their next three wickets for just nine runs with Hartley accounting for Naomi Dattani and Villiers before Lamb claimed the crucial wicket of Wilson bowled around her legs for 50 with Sunrisers 127 for six.

Some late resistance from the tail saw Sunrisers pass 200, but Ecclestone and Cross came back to wrap things up before Hannah Jones trapped Gayatri Gole in front for 15 and claim the victory.

 Quotes

Georgie Boyce, North West Thunder, said: "It was a great win and it's always nice to get the first one on the board and especially to bounce back after the opening defeat to Western Storm.

"The games against Western Storm was so close and we were pretty much over the line so to bounce back a couple of days later and put in a performance like that will do us a lot of good.

 "It was nice to contribute to a winning team and be able to put some runs on the board. Personally it was a bit frustrating not to get the century but at the end of the day we have won and that's all that matters."

 Alice Macleod, Sunrisers, said: "We are constantly trying to learn from every game we play so today we did some things better like building partnerships but chasing 250 was hard when we should have been chasing 220 without the extras.

 "Extras hurt the most because they are controllable and that is something we have to look at before Saturday. 

 "I enjoyed batting out there and it was just a shame that the timing of my wicket wasn't great. Sophie (Ecclestone) is such a threat and I thought we could see her off but she was just too good especially when she puts it on a sixpence like she did today." 

Lightning vs Northern Diamonds

Northern Diamonds bounced back from defeat against Central Sparks in their opening match by beating Lightning by six runs in the Rachael Heyhoe Flint Trophy at Kibworth in Leicestershire.

Match Summary

Lightning 145/10 (48.1 ov)

Northern Diamonds 151/10 (45.5 ov)

Northern Diamonds won by 6 runs.

SCORECARD


Past and present England stars were the match-winners for Diamonds, veteran all-rounded Jenny Gunn top scoring with 40 as Diamonds recovered from 50 for six to total 151 before pace bowler Katherine Brunt took four for 23 as Lightning fell just short, bowled out for 145 in the 49th over.

Kathryn Bryce took four for 16 for Lightning but Gunn’s 81-run seventh-wicket partnership with batting all-rounder Alex MacDonald, who made 39, was ultimately the decisive passage of play, 35-year-old former Lightning player Gunn hitting six boundaries.

Put in after Lightning won the toss, Diamonds began badly. Kathryn Bryce’s second ball removed Lauren Winfield-Hill, who made 110 against Sparks, via a catch at cover and the medium-pacer soon had Diamonds captain Hollie Armitage caught at midwicket, with new-ball partner Sophie Munro striking another big blow when England star Nat Sciver drove her straight to mid-off.
 
Brunt’s leading edge gave Bryce an easy return catch and when Teresa Graves bowled Sterre Kallis and had Ami Campbell was caught at mid-on in the same over, Diamonds were 50 for six.

Left-arm spinner Kirstie Gordon, who took four wickets against champions Southern Vipers on Saturday, went wicketless this time and it took the returning Bryce to account for Gunn via a top-edged pull to midwicket.

With the partnership broken, Diamonds lost their last four wickets for 20. Yvonne Graves had Beth Langston caught at mid-off, fellow off-spinner Lucy Higham bowled MacDonald for 39 and followed up by having Katie Levick caught behind.

Lightning were rocked by a brilliant opening burst by Brunt, who knocked back opener Sarah Bryce’s off-stump for a second ball duck - the second in as many matches for Lightning’s top scorer in 2020 - and had Kathryn edging behind.

Abbey Freeborn helped England opener Tammy Beaumont add 44 for the third wicket but then Lightning lost three wickets for six runs in 11 balls to be 57 for five.  Freeborn was caught behind off bat and pad, Higham chipped Katie Kevick’s leg spin straight to extra cover before Beaumont was given out leg before to Sciver.

Lightning took the result closer than expected from that point but the Diamonds attack kept chipping away. Shachi Pai was lbw to the leg spin of Katie Levick and Brunt returned to have South African Michaela Kirk leg before.  

Late runs from Gordon and both Graves sisters kept Lightning in the chase but after Yvonne Gordon holed out to mid-off off Brunt, Beth Langston had Gordon caught behind to clinch victory.

Quotes

Diamonds’ England bowler Katherine Brunt, who took 4 for 23, said:

“We made a bad start but thankfully Jenny (Gunn) and Alex (MacDonald) showed us how to grind out a partnership on a difficult pitch.

“And as a bowling unit we kept plugging away and it was a matter of being brave and believing in ourselves when they were getting closer to the target and we did that bit really well.

“It was the kind of pitch where the ball grabs a bit and we knew bowlers like Kathryn Bryce and Kirstie Gordon would make it difficult for us, which they did, but thankfully when we bowled pace was more effective and we felt that gave us a chance.

“I’m always nervous playing for Yorkshire, or in this case the Diamonds. I haven’t had much preparation in terms of overs under my belt and as an England player there is always a lot of expectation on you to do well so I was trying not to put too much pressure on myself and see it as stepping stone to the Test match.

“I felt a bit more relaxed today and played better than I did Saturday and I’m feeling confident that I’m going in the right direction.”

Lightning skipper Kathryn Bryce, who took four for 16, said:

“We showed a lot of fight at the end. The way that Abbey batted through that first period after we lost wickets at the start and Yvonne and Kirstie were brave at the end in taking us so close, but we really needed one of the top four to make a bigger contribution.

“We made a good start with the ball. We know they have some really good batters at the top so to get them out early was vital.

“We knew there would be one good partnership and Jenny (Gunn) showed her experience in that partnership with Alex MacDonald, but having said that we felt it was a total we could chase down.”

Central Sparks vs Western Storm

Central Sparks emerged victorious by 41 runs against Western Storm, thanks to a magnificent innings by Amy Jones to score the highest score in the Rachel Heyhoe Flint Trophy to date. 

Match Summary

Central Sparks 295/7 (50 ov)

Western Storm 254/9 (50 ov)

Central Sparks won by 41 runs.

SCORECARD

Jones finished not out on 163*, scoring successive centuries to guide her team into a winning position, despite a good bowling performance from Storm. 

With Sparks reaching 295/7, it proved one step too far for Storm, with Ria Fackrell taking 4-34, despite an unbroken partnership of 102 between Heather Knight and Lauren Parfitt who both scored half-centuries. 

It was a restrictive start by Storm taking key early wickets, as Sparks reached 44/3 after 13 overs. Lauren Filer took two wickets in her first spell, with Eve Jones caught for five and Marie Kelly caught for seven, and Gwenan Davies run out for 15. 

However, from then on Sparks looked comfortable in their innings, as Amy Jones played freely to make successive centuries, having excellent support from the middle order. Milly Home and Jones made a partnership of 80 before Home was caught for 18, bringing Steph Butler to the crease. Herself and Jones put on a partnership of 68, before Heather Knight bowled Butler for 27. 

Jones carried on her excellent form from her century in Sparks’ previous victorious game against Diamonds , bringing her century up off 83 balls, including 11 fours and three sixes. 

As Sparks reached 200 in the 40th over, the final ten overs saw them reach 295/7, with Jones finishing 163* from 114 balls and two wickets of Glenn and Fackrell falling, caught for seven and 11 respectively. 

Western Storm did get off to an illustrious start however, with openers Knight and Parfitt reaching 102 without loss, before Sarah Glenn got the much-needed breakthrough, bowling Knight for 59. 

Parfitt then brought up her half-century, from 80 balls, as Sparks began to take command, taking five wickets for 35 runs, and restricting the storm’s order, with Fackrell claiming her first three wickets to put Sparks in the driving seat. 

Parfitt was first to fall, bowled for 91, followed by Luff out lbw to Liz Russell for 27 and Hennesey stumped for 4 off Fackrell’s bowling. Wraith was then bowled by Glenn for two, with Gibson the third of Fackrell’s wickets, caught for 18. 

Left needing 88 from the final ten overs, wickets continued to fall for Storm, with Emily Arlott taking two wickets in two balls. Shrubsole was caught for 13, and Morris dismissed in the same fashion for 21, with Fackrell claiming her fourth wicket, Gibbons caught for one. The remaining runs proved too much for Storm, as the visitors faced defeat. 

Quotes

Central Sparks emerged victorious by 41 runs against Western Storm, thanks to a magnificent innings by Amy Jones to score the highest score in the Rachel Heyhoe Flint Trophy to date. 

Jones finished not out on 163*, scoring successive centuries to guide her team into a winning position, despite a good bowling performance from Storm. 

With Sparks reaching 295/7, it proved one step too far for Storm, with Ria Fackrell taking 4-34, despite an unbroken partnership of 102 between Heather Knight and Lauren Parfitt who both scored half-centuries. 

It was a restrictive start by Storm taking key early wickets, as Sparks reached 44/3 after 13 overs. Lauren Filer took two wickets in her first spell, with Eve Jones caught for five and Marie Kelly caught for seven, and Gwenan Davies run out for 15. 

However, from then on Sparks looked comfortable in their innings, as Amy Jones played freely to make successive centuries, having excellent support from the middle order. Milly Home and Jones made a partnership of 80 before Home was caught for 18, bringing Steph Butler to the crease. Herself and Jones put on a partnership of 68, before Heather Knight bowled Butler for 27. 

Jones carried on her excellent form from her century in Sparks’ previous victorious game against Diamonds , bringing her century up off 83 balls, including 11 fours and three sixes. 

As Sparks reached 200 in the 40th over, the final ten overs saw them reach 295/7, with Jones finishing 163* from 114 balls and two wickets of Glenn and Fackrell falling, caught for seven and 11 respectively. 

Western Storm did get off to an illustrious start however, with openers Knight and Parfitt reaching 102 without loss, before Sarah Glenn got the much-needed breakthrough, bowling Knight for 59. 

Parfitt then brought up her half-century, from 80 balls, as Sparks began to take command, taking five wickets for 35 runs, and restricting the storm’s order, with Fackrell claiming her first three wickets to put Sparks in the driving seat. 

Parfitt was first to fall, bowled for 91, followed by Luff out lbw to Liz Russell for 27 and Hennesey stumped for 4 off Fackrell’s bowling. Wraith was then bowled by Glenn for two, with Gibson the third of Fackrell’s wickets, caught 


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