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Rachael Heyhoe Flint Trophy 2022: All Matches Saturday July 23rd - Latest News, Scores and Match Reports

Tammy Beaumont - 70 for Lightning today
Tammy Beaumont - 70 for Lightning today
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Here are all the Rachael Heyhoe Flint Trophy 2022 Matches for Saturday July 23rd with all the  Latest News, Scores and Match Reports

 

Rachael Heyhoe Flint Trophy 2022: Saturday, July 23rd

 

Southern Vipers vs Sunrisers

 

Charlie Dean returned from England duty to claim three wickets as two-time winners Southern Vipers professionally remained unbeaten in this year’s Rachael Heyhoe Flint Trophy.

Off-spinner Dean was the leading wicket-taker in the recent WODI series against South Africa and brought that form to the Ageas Bowl with a tight three for 31.

Georgia Elwiss also picked up two for 50 as ruthless Vipers turned python to strangle winless Sunrisers to a 11 run defeat, despite Cordelia Griffith maintaining her form with 65.

Earlier, Kate Coppack claimed four for 48, after a seven-over opening spell of four for 37, to leave Vipers 38 for five inside nine overs, but Paige Scholfield and Chloe Hill’s maiden half-centuries at this level resuscitated the hosts to a defendable 233.

Vipers have got themselves into a pickle a few times this season. They were 35 for three and 74 for four, against South East Stars before clocking up 306, and against Thunder, they lost three wickets for two runs, albeit after a 153-run opening stand.

So, when Coppack had quaffed the top order with a relentlessly accurate four for 37 to leave Vipers 38 for five, having chosen to bat first, there wouldn’t have been the cataclysmic worries that other teams would have faced.

Mady Villiers was the first to strike when she had Georgia Adams lbw when trying to work the ball into the legside. Then Coppack, raised in Cheshire and has international wickets for Peru, flung into action.

The fast bowler only had four wickets in her first eight Rachael Heyhoe Flint Trophy appearances but had Dean leg before in her third over before bowling former international Georgia Elwiss through the gate.

Scholfield may have scythed the hat-trick ball to point but Ella McCaughan chipped to midwicket and Emily Windsor flashed a drive to slip to give Coppack her third and fourth.

The inevitable recovery came in the form of a 105-run stand between Scholfield and Hill. The former took a punchy attacking route out of the collapse by pummelling the short boundary with flicks and cuts.

There were moments of style, most notably a glorious cover drive early on and a slog sweep off Grace Scrivens. A swept six off a full toss was also included on her way to a 42-ball fifty.

Hill, on loan from Central Sparks, was less dapper, but her stickability complimented Scholfield. Her own half-century came in a sedate 103 deliveries, with five either straight or pulled boundaries coming in her 55.

After Scholfield holed out to deep midwicket for 74, Tara Norris joined Hill for a 51-run stand. The USA international was run out trying to get Hill to her milestone, with Hill and Lauren Bell dismissed before the 50-overs were up.

Sunrisers steadfastly refused to take risks in the chase and therefore the modest rate got away from them – as proved with only 28 runs coming in the first 10 overs.

Griffith, on the back of 74 against Western Storm, was unflappable in the 74 balls needed to reach back-to-back fifties. Naomi Dattani’s 34 only included a pair of boundaries but plentiful nudges, with 74 added with Griffith.

Dean had earlier bowled Scrivens with her second delivery and would now have both Dattani and Villiers bowled.

Having struck five boundaries in her first 56 balls, Griffith failed to hit another in her further 53 deliveries to highlight the problems Sunrisers were having timing the softer balls on a slow wicket.

After a game of Mankad cat-and-mouse with Elwiss, she was leg before to Adams, before Elwiss bowled Mia Rogers.

Jo Gardner bashed 43 off 45 in a 56 stand with Jess Olorenshaw to give Sunrisers a glimpse of stealing back the win. But Bell bowled Olorenshaw in the penultimate over and Adams comfortably defended 17 off the last over.

Western Storm vs South East Stars

 

Alice Davidson-Richards produced a brilliant all-round performance to inspire South East Stars to a 36-run victory over Western Storm in an entertaining Rachael Heyhoe-Flint Trophy encounter at Cheltenham.

Davidson-Richards made 50 with the bat and then weighed in with 4-33 with the ball to ensure Stars maintain their pursuit of frontrunners Southern Vipers and Northern Diamonds.

Chloe Brewer top-scored with 61 and Rhianna Southby hit 54 as Stars posted a formidable 283-8 after winning the toss, while off spinner Chloe Skelton took competition-best figures of 5-54 to keep Storm in the hunt.

Sophie Luff and Alex Griffiths made a decent fist of chasing, scoring 95 and 48 respectively in staging a stand of 102 for the second wicket, but Davidson-Richards took key wickets and Alexa Stonehouse returned figures of 3-27 as Storm were dismissed for 247 in 48 overs, Stars holding their nerve to see the game out with something to spare.

Stars elected to bat and, thanks to Brewer's initiative, commenced their innings in T20 mode. Playing on the front foot, Brewer succeeded in knocking Storm new-ball stalwart Lauren Filer off her length and putting the home side under immediate pressure. 

Danielle Gibson had Kirstie White held at slip for 11 in the fifth over, but Brewer was already out of the traps and in full flight, having quickly worked out how to use the College Ground slope to her advantage. Cutting and driving with impunity, the 20-year-old opener raced to a 36-ball 50 as Stars made the most of the fielding restrictions to post 70 from 10 overs. Having set an aggressive tone to raise 61 from 53 balls and garner nine fours, Brewer chanced her arm once too often, miss-timing a drive off Skelton and skying a catch to mid-off, where Gibson took a tricky catch over her shoulder.

Storm breathed a sigh of relief and sought to restore order by deploying spin at both ends, Skelton and Sophia Smale at least succeeding in controlling the run rate where seam had failed. Encouraged by her earlier success, Skelton made further in-roads, inducing Kira Chathli to drive expansively and hole out to Fi Morris at mid-on for 14.

But Davidson-Richards was already displaying immaculate timing and striking the ball cleanly and her alliance with Phoebe Franklin, who adopted the role of chief support in a progressive stand of 56 in 11 overs for the fourth wicket, ensured Stars reached halfway on 144-3 to regain the upper hand.

One of four spinners who sent down 32 overs between them for Storm, Morris removed Franklin in the 28th over, the Kent right-hander miss-cuing a drive and offering a catch to the ubiquitous Skelton at mid-off, having contributed a handy 29 from 37 balls. Davidson-Richards went to 50 via 64 balls, with five boundaries, and was looking to bat long when she inexplicably attempted a reverse sweep against Claire NIcholas and was held at backward point.  

Katie George kept things tight during seven overs from the Chapel End, but Stars again broke loose from any attempt to shackle them, Southby and Lauren Smith wresting back the initiative in an exhilarating stand of 57 in 44 balls for the sixth wicket. Southby demonstrated excellent placement in scoring at a run a ball and she and Australian Smith ran frantically between the wickets to put the fielding side under intense pressure.  running between the wickets.

Southby raised 50 in the grand manner, hoisting a delivery from Gibson over the square leg boundary to register the only six of the innings. She had harvested 54 from 52 balls and accrued 5 fours and a six when she hit the returning Skelton to mid-on with the score on 247. Skelton accounted for Smith and Alexa Stonehouse in quick succession, taking three wickets in five balls to register her first five-wicket haul in the competition, but the damage had already been done.

Constrained by Stonehouse, who sent down five overs for nine runs and clean bowled Nat Wraith for four, Storm battled to 48-1 by the end of the 10-over powerplay. Setting their stall out to bat long, Luff and Griffiths advanced their partnership to 50 from 65 balls, found modest acceleration to raise a three-figure stand from a further 57 deliveries and demonstrated impressive footwork to deal with the threat posed by Danielle Gregory's leg spin.

Luff reached 50 from 66 balls and Griffiths, having hewn 48 from 79 deliveries, looked a sure bet to emulate her when she top-edged a drive and was caught at the wicket off the bowling of Davidson-Richards in the 27th over with 123 on the board.

The required rate was already above seven an over when new batter Fran Wilson smacked Davidson-Richards straight to mid-wicket and departed for 15, and Franklin made Storm's task even more difficult by removing George for 16 in the 38th over. Morris was bowled by Eva Gray in the next over, at which point Storm were 183-5 and in need of inspiration.

Chasing 86 to win off the last 10 overs, Storm suffered a further blow when the returning Stonehouse bowled Gibson for nine, while Smale was adjudged lbw to Ryana Macdonald-Gay as Stars turned the screw.

Lauren Filer elected to throw caution to the wind, scoring at better than a run a ball to put the visitors under pressure, but Luff's brave pursuit of victory ended when she was bowled by Stonehouse, having made 95 from 119 balls, with 11 fours. And with the captain, went Storm's last chance. 

 

Northern Diamonds vs Loughborough Lightning

England star Tammy Beaumont’s 70 was in vain as the Northern Diamonds completed a thrilling chase of 200 by one wicket with two balls remaining against Lightning at Durham to close in on the Rachael Heyhoe Flint Trophy knockouts.

Since being left out of England’s Commonwealth Games squad last Saturday, opener Beaumont has posted 119, 74 and this 70 off 105 balls in fixtures for England, England A and Lightning.

But she was one of nine wickets to fall for 79 runs as her region slipped from 120 for one to 199 all out at the Seat Unique Riverside, handing the Diamonds the chance of a fourth straight win to maintain pressure on pre-game leaders and defending champions Southern Vipers.

It was an opportunity they did not pass up, despite significant alarm at 184 for eight and then 197 for nine. Jenny Gunn finished with 41 not out off 77, while Katie Levick hit the winning through the covers off Marie Kelly’s off-spin.

Beaumont’s former England opening partner Lauren Winfield-Hill fell for 61 having got the chase off to a solid start.

But, like the Lightning innings, Diamonds struggled against spin on a slow pitch. Kirstie Gordon, Josie Groves and Lucy Higham (three for 50) shared seven wickets.

Earlier, New Zealand offie Leigh Kasperek impressed with three for 39 from 10 overs for the hosts - all Lightning wickets falling to spin as they lost their third game in four.

In the final game before the near seven-week break for the Commonwealth Games and the Hundred, the Loughborough-based side lost four wickets for one run in nine balls after electing to bat.

They fell from 153 for two in the 35th over to 154 for six in the 37th on a slow pitch used for Tuesday’s men’s ODI between England and South Africa.

Kelly’s run-a-ball 37 included a six over long-off, and she led a 69-run opening partnership in 14 overs with Beaumont.

After she fell to a brilliant diving catch by Gunn off Levick - the leg-spinner’s 150th women’s List A wicket in her 101st match - a 51 stand followed between Beaumont and Sarah Bryce.

However, the signs of a home fightback were there. 

The Diamonds’ spinners slowed the rate, racing through their overs and also applying pressure with some tidy fielding and clever field placing from captain Hollie Armitage.

And it worked a treat, as wickets started to fall. The Bryce sisters, Sarah and then Kathryn, both offered up simple catches off Armitage’s leg-spin. 

The latter was the first of the aforementioned four-wicket middle order slump - the fixture’s key period.

Kasperek trapped Beaumont lbw sweeping in that collapse. That was the first of two wickets in the 36th over, Bethan Ellis also trapped in front (154 for six).

Left-armer Linsey Smith, who claimed two wickets to match Armitage and Levick, bowled one over in just 99 seconds. Veteran seamer Gunn bowled another in two minutes, nine seconds.

Lucy Higham then ensured a target of 200 with an entertaining 27.

The Diamonds encountered similar issues in their chase, despite a second-wicket 70 partnership between Winfield-Hill and Armitage.

Smith had been trapped lbw by Grace Ballinger’s left-arm swing in the second over - five for one - before the experienced pair settled things down, Armitage contributing 20.

Winfield-Hill lofted Gordon’s left-arm spin for an eye-catching six over long-on on the way to a 57-ball fifty. 

But by the time she reached it, the Diamonds were 94 for three in the 19th over having lost Armitage and Sterre Kalis to Gordon, played on and lbw respectively.

Fledgling all-rounder Phoebe Turner chipped a return catch to leg-spinner Groves, leaving the score 115 for four after 24.

And when Winfield-Hill slog swept Higham’s off-spin out to deep midwicket, the Lightning believed again at 131 for five in the 27th over.

England A wicketkeeper bat Bess Heath sliced Groves to backward point shortly afterwards, further strengthening Lightning’s cause.

Langston and Kasperek then followed as the equation became 16 needed in eight overs with two wickets remaining.  

That became three needed with two-and-a-half overs remaining before ousted Emma Marlow caught at slip. The remaining three runs were secured in singles after Gunn had hit four fours.

Thunder vs Central Sparks

The first women’s List A day/night match at Emirates Old Trafford went the way of Thunder after the hosts beat Central Sparks by 28 runs on DLS with eight balls to spare in the Rachael Heyhoe Flint Trophy.  

For the Thunder it was a first victory in the competition this season with Emma Lamb’s 68 the pick of several good contributions with the bat before the England international struck with three late wickets to halt Sparks progress in the run chase.  

Abi Freeborn top scored in the match with a run-a-ball 72 but the Sparks’ number three failed to receive the necessary support to get the visitors over the line as the Thunder spun their way to victory, bowling their visitors out for 191. 

The win takes Thunder off the bottom of the table, level on four points with Sparks and Lightning, but with all three teams 10 points behind third-placed South East Stars.  

Opening Sparks’ pair Eve Jones and Davina Perrin made a steady start in pursuit of their 237 target, taking 34 runs from the ten over powerplay, but in an explosive 12th over Jones pulled Deandra Dottin for the first six of the match before losing her off stump two balls later as the Thunder struck an early blow.  

Perrin and Freeborn countered with a 67-run partnership to put the visitors on top either side of a further rain interruption that saw five overs lost from the innings leaving Sparks a revised target of 220 off 43 overs.

Two wickets in three balls by left-arm spinner Hannah Jones brought Thunder back into contention at 111 for three in the 28th over. 

Ellie Threlkeld had Perrin stumped for 46 while Ami Campbell was brilliantly caught by Laura Marshall at short extra cover.  

Freeborn and Emily Arlott ran well to reduce the target to 83 required from the last 10 overs but Freeborn continued to lose partners with the off-spin of Lamb accounting for Arlott, Thea Brooks and Ria Fackrell in quick succession with a decisive seven-over spell of three for 26 from the James Anderson end.

Although Freeborn reached a 59-ball fifty she perished to Alex Hartley for 72 at the start of the 40th over and Kate Cross finished proceedings with two wickets from consecutive balls.  

Following a delayed start with four overs lost to rain, Sparks inserted Thunder on a pitch offering the bowlers some assistance on a damp and overcast afternoon.  

Arlott and Grace Potts made the most of the conditions bowling a tight line and length to make early inroads and restrict Thunder to 28 for two from the opening 10-over powerplay.  

Arlott took a sensational one-handed catch in her first over to have Georgie Boyce caught and bowled for a duck while Potts, who had been cut for the first four of the match by Dottin, trapped the Thunder overseas all-rounder lbw for eight.  

It was Lamb - in such fine form this summer - who led a good Thunder recovery, well supported by Laura Marshall in a 90-run partnership from 82 balls as conditions eased.  

Lamb made the most of being dropped on 30 at point off seamer Liz Russell to reach fifty for the ninth time this season across all formats from 52 balls while Marshall played with increasing assurance in making 41 before chipping a return catch to spinner Georgia Davis.  

Captain Threlkeld helped maintain momentum with 40 from 49 balls in partnership with Lamb before the England opener missed a reverse sweep off leg-spinner Hannah Baker to depart for an excellent 68 with Thunder 154 for four after 30 overs.  

Threlkeld and Cross continued the Thunder attack by adding 65 runs for the sixth wicket across 11 overs before both departed in the hunt for late runs; Cross holing out to Campbell at deep midwicket off Potts for 38 and Threlkeld bowled for 46 by the excellent Arlott who finished with four for 36 from her 10 overs.  

And Thunder’s 236 for nine from their 48 overs, and the later revised target, proved to be enough.


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