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Rachael Heyhoe Flint Trophy 2021 Round 6: All the Match Scores, Reports and Scorecards Sept 12th 2021

New Road, County Ground Worcester, with Worcester Cathedral in the background
New Road, County Ground Worcester, with Worcester Cathedral in the background
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Rachael Heyhoe Flint Trophy 2021 Round 6: All the Match Scores, Reports and Scorecards September 12th 2021.

Sunday, September 12th 2021


Northern Diamonds v Thunder (Riverside)

Northern Diamonds 294 for five beat Thunder 189 for eight by 105 runs.

Northern Diamonds booked a knockout spot in the Rachael Heyhoe Flint Trophy after hammering Thunder by 105 runs in their clash at Emirates Riverside.

The Diamonds put forward a brilliant effort with the bat as Bess Heath top scored with an unbeaten 78, but there were also half-centuries for Beth Langston and Sterre Kalis along with a score of 48 from Ami Campbell in their innings of 294 for five.

Although Georgie Boyce offered resistance with a knock of 67, the chase always appeared too much for the visitors amid miserly bowling from Hollie Armitage and company. Katie Levick claimed four wickets, while Armitage notched two herself to allow the hosts to ease over the line ahead of a crucial contest next week against table-topping Southern Vipers.

The Thunder won the toss and inserted the home side in cloudy conditions at Chester-le-Street. Armitage was unable to build on her impressive knock in the Diamonds' win over the Western Storm on Friday. She picked out Natalie Brown at point off the bowling of Alice Dyson for only seven. Kalis calmed proceedings alongside Rachel Hopkins, producing a stand worth 47 for the second wicket.

Hopkins took her time to settle, and just when she appeared to be finding her rhythm Brown found her outside edge, allowing Eleanor Threlkeld to make a sharp grab. Kalis pressed forward in her innings and found the boundary with ease on her way to a fine half-century from 57 balls. The Netherlands international was dismissed a great catch by Sophia Turner at cover, but Campbell and Heath ensured the Diamonds maintained their momentum.

Campbell took the attack to Hartley dispatching two straight sixes over the head of the left-arm spinner in her knock of 48. The left-hander tried to go for another maximum to reach her half-century, but was caught on the boundary by Laura Marshall. Heath and Langston launched an assault on the Thunder bowlers late in the innings, putting on a stand of 91 for the seventh wicket. Heath provided the platform before Langston powered a quick-fire fifty from 28 balls to usher the Diamonds to a strong total.

The visitors made a measured start to their replay as Georgie Boyce found the boundary off the bowling of Ella Telford. Phoebe Graham entered the attack at the Finchale End to end the opening stand, removing Seren Smale for 12. Threlkeld and Daisy Mullan were unable to time the ball amid tight bowling from the hosts and paid the price with their wickets. Boyce held the key for the Thunder, and although she was dropped on 49 by Ella Telford, she capitalised by reaching an 84-ball fifty.

The chase was all but over for the Thunder when Armitage removed Boyce for a solid 67 as she attempted to find the boundary before the Diamonds skipper ran out Brown at the non-strikers end.

The Thunder's required rate soared above 15 runs per over as the hosts continued their stranglehold of the contest, despite a stand worth 55 from Marshall and Laura Jackson. Levick notched late wickets to claim figures of four for 34 to ensure the hosts closed out a comfortable win at Emirates Riverside.

Thunder captain Alex Hartley said:

"No we didn't get going in our chase. We talked about trying to play shots down the ground and build partnerships, but unfortunately we couldn't do that. It is just one of those days. We're a young squad and we're learning, but we were just not good enough today. 

"They shouldn't have scored nearly 300, we were not good enough with the ball or or in the field. Chasing almost 300 was always going to be a big ask. I felt as though I didn't have the right field set because they always had a set batter and always able to find the boundary. We didn't have that in our batting innings other than Georgie Boyce."

Northern Diamonds Bess Heath: "It was an excellent win for us and we're very excited for our game against the Southern Vipers next week. It's going to be an important game for us as it decides who is going to go straight into Finals' Day.

It's definitely going to be one to watch and we have to be up for the challenge. We've managed to bounce back from our disappointing T20 Finals' defeat and we're looking to take that momentum into next week."

Central Sparks v South East Stars (Worcester)

Central Sparks 229  beat  by 115 runs South East Stars 114

Central Sparks are through to the knockout stages of the Rachael Heyhoe Flint Trophy after defeating South East Stars by 115 runs at New Road.

The Sparks sealed a fifth win in six games to guarantee a top three spot with a game to spare.

On a used pitch, useful contributions from four of the top five batters enabled the Sparks to post a competitive 230 target.

Then spinner Georgia Davis, making effective use of the new ball, was the star of the Sparks attack as they bowled out the Charlotte Edwards Cup winners for 114 in just 31.3 overs.

The last seven wickets fell for just 27 runs and Davis finished with 4-26 from her 10 overs and then fellow spinner Ria Fackrell chipped in with three wickets.

Sparks elected to bat and were given an excellent start by openers, captain Eve Jones and Marie Kelly.

They scored 67 runs during the initial 10 over powerplay with Jones striking Alice Davidson-Richards for a huge six backward of square.

Jones made 39 off 38 balls before she chased a widish delivery from Ryana MacDonald-Gay and was caught behind with 71 on the board.

Kelly (24) tried to hit Phoebe Franklin over the top but was taken at mid on and in the next over Gwenan Davis (0) went lbw to MacDonald-Gay.

The Sparks needed to regroup and Davina Perrin and Thea Brookes batted sensibly to add 55 for the fourth wicket in 10.1 overs.

But, after reaching 155-3, the innings went into sharp decline with five wickets tumbling for 23 runs in just 5.5 overs.

Davina Perrin, having made an accomplished 43, slapped a delivery from Dani Gregory to extra cover and Bryony Smith struck twice in the same over. 

Brookes, on 33, went lbw after attempting to sweep and Fackrell (1) pushed forward and was caught behind.

The wickets continued to tumble with Sparks keeper Chloe Hill, on one, being run out and Kalea Moore bowling Izzy Wong (1).

But useful late order runs from Emily Arlott, who hit 20 not out), Clare Boycott and Georgie Davis lifted the final total to a competitive 229 in 49.1 overs.

MacDonald-Gay, a late replacement for Grace Gibbs, finished with excellent figures of 9-1-31-2 with Davidson-Richards and Smith picking up two wickets apiece.

But Davis immediately put the Stars on the back foot with the new ball in dismissing openers Smith and 

Davidson-Richards inside the initial powerplay.

IWong bowled a probing initial eight over spell and also rewarded when Kirstie White holed out to mid on and then sub Grace Potts direct hit from mid on ran out Aylish Cranstone.

Fackrell made two breakthroughs in her first over to dismiss top scorer Capsey, who made 26, and Emma Jones and there was more joy in her next over as Kira Chathli  lobbed up a catch to slip attempting a sweep.

Davis came back into the attack to have Franklin caught behind and McDonald-Gay lbw and it was all over when Kalea Moore hit Eve Jones to mid on.

Sparks captain, Eve Jones, said:

“That was such a great team performance so I am really proud of the girls. We wanted to try and qualify without it going down to the last game so really chuffed. 

“We are just really pleased we are still in with a chance of going through to the final and to have at least secured a knockout place is really exciting.

“If we can go through as champions (top of the group) even better, but we will just see how we go next week and what the other results are. 

“It is pleasing to see that we are peaking at the right time and hopefully we can take this forward into next week and the finals.

“We got off to a really good start with the bat and were disappointed that we didn’t kick on and had quite a few batters get in but then get out.

“At one stage, I think we were looking at 280 but credit to the girls at the end of the innings for sticking at it under pressure and getting us to a competitive total.

“With the ball, we mixed it up a bit today. We normally go with the two quicks but knew it was a used wicket and thought if we could sneak a few (wickets) early doors, that spin was the way to do that.

“Georgie bowled fantastically. It was great to have her back. She has been missing the last few games due to work commitments.”

Stars captain, Bryony Smith, admitted:

“It was a tough day. They got off to a bit of a flier but I thought we bowled really well but I thought we pegged them back really well.

“I was really proud of the way we did that, restricting them to that total (229).

“Our spinners and Phoebe (Franklin) and Ryana (Macdonald-Gay) did really well coming out of the powerplay and Emma Jones also bowled really well.

“Disappointing with the bat. There were a few decision that didn’t go our way and the pitch wasn’t the best either but we are not going to make excuses.

“We weren’t good enough up top and that is something I will take responsibility for.”


Western Storm v Lightning (Bristol)

Sophie Luff led by example as Western Storm comfortably defeated Lightning by 62 runs at Bristol to register their first win in the Rachael Heyhoe Flint Trophy since May.

Storm's captain top-scored with 70 from 111 balls, including 6 fours, and shared in stands of 70 and 66 with Alex Griffiths and Danielle Gibson for the fourth and fifth wickets respectively as Storm posted 228-7 after being put into bat.

This performance represented a welcome return to form with the bat for a side that had struggled to score big runs for much of the summer in the absence of talismanic England captain Heather Knight.

Sarah Bryce, Lucy Higham and Ella Claridge each played themselves in to pass 20 as Lightning chased, but none was able to go on and post the kind of really substantial score needed to challenge Storm's total. A triumvirate of  spinners ensured the hosts were able to exert a degree of control throughout, with Fi Morris claiming 2-34 and Nicole Harvey 2-25, while seamer Georgia Hennessy weighed in with 2-22 as Lightning were shot out for 166 in 41.2 overs.

Prone to batting collapses throughout the series and dismissed for an inadequate 185 in a losing cause against Northern Diamonds last time out, Storm were attempting to avert a fifth straight defeat in the 50-over competition. Put into bat on a characteristically sluggish Bristol pitch, they again encountered difficulties, sliding to 42-3 after Morris and Lauren Parfitt had laid solid foundations in an opening stand of 38. 

Slow left armer Kirstie Gordon struck first ball, pinning Morris lbw for 25, while seamer Sophie Munro had Parfitt caught at point for 11 and then took a smart return catch to send back Hennessy without scoring.

Thereafter, skipper Luff took personal responsibility for putting the innings back on track, raising a measured half century from 85 balls and dominating a restorative stand of 70 in 18 overs with Griffiths. Kathryn Bryce bowled Griffiths for 30 in the act of playing across the line, but Gibson picked up the cudgels, striking four boundaries in a hard-hitting cameo of 29 from 26 balls. 

The fifth wicket partnership was already worth 66 inside 10 overs and Storm looked set to post a truly imposing total when the returning Gordon struck twice in the space of four balls in the 43rd over to slow the home side's progress. Gibson was given out lbw and Luff, with her sights no doubt set on three figures, chipped to short mid-wicket and departed for 70 as Storm were pegged back to 181-6.

No matter. Natasha Wraith, Nicole Harvey and Chloe Skelton ensured the tail wagged, mustering seven boundaries between them during a frenetic finale which saw the hosts attain respectability.

Storm applied early pressure in the field, quickly reducing their opponents to 57-4 inside 15 overs to stamp their authority. Gibson set the tone with a sharp throw from point to run out Bethany Harmer, while Kathryn Bryce was caught at the wicket via an inside edge off a delivery from Lauren Filer that cut back sharply. Sarah Bryce played down the wrong line and was bowled by off spinner Claire Nicholas and Abi Freeborn departed in almost identical fashion, undone by Harvey's cunning flight.

Teresa Graves went on the attack, scoring the only six of the match, but then chanced her arm once too often and succumbed to Gibson for 17 as Lightning subsided to 85-5 in the 22nd over. Now heavily dependent upon the obdurate Higham, who had grafted assiduously for 23 from 50 balls, the visitors found themselves between a rock and a hard place when their last realistic hope of victory was pinned inside her crease by a Morris off break with a further 129 still required from 21 overs.

Hennessy then accounted for Gordon, held by Filer at mid-on, Morris had Munro caught at extra cover, Yvonne Graves edged a catch behind off Hennessy and Harvey removed Grace Ballinger to wrap the innings up, leaving Claridge unbeaten on 39.

Sunrisers v Southern Vipers (Chelmsford)

Southern Vipers 309/9 beat Sunrisers 308/6 by one run

Georgia Elwiss’ century and clutch bowling edged Southern Vipers to a nerve-shattering one-run victory over Sunrisers in the Rachael Heyhoe Flint Trophy.

England all-rounder Elwiss struck her first List A century since 2013 with a sublime 112 before defending eight from the final over to return one for 52.

Sunrisers, who are still yet to win in the format, smashed their highest score in the competition and would have chased the highest total if they’d succeed in their pursuit of 309 on a belting Cloudfm County Ground, Chelmsford pitch.

Vipers are now confirmed a place in the Eliminator, with victory over Northern Diamonds on Saturday enough to send them straight to the final.


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