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Rachael Heyhoe Flint Trophy 2022: All Matches Saturday July 9th - Latest News, Scores and Match Reports

Georgia Elwiss
Georgia Elwiss

Here is all the latest news, scores and match report updates from the Rachael Heyhoe Flint Trophy 2022: All Matches Saturday July 9th



Rachael Heyhoe Flint Trophy 2022: All Matches Saturday July 9th


Live Scores and Stats -Western Storm vs Central Sparks


Sarah Glenn played a starring role as Central Sparks inflicted a 22-run defeat upon Western Storm in a sun-drenched Rachael Heyhoe Flint Trophy encounter at Bristol's Seat Unique Stadium.

Chasing a target of 207 to win, Storm came up short at 184-9, their cause fatally undermined by the 22-year-old leg spinner from Derby, who took 4-23 from 10 overs. New ball bowler Grace Potts weighed in with 2-33 and seamer Elizabeth Russell took 2-48 as the top and middle order were blown away. Only tailenders Lauren Filer and Sophia Smale offered any kind of resistance, these two contributing 58 not out and 32 respectively, and staging a defiant ninth wicket stand of 73 by way of consolation.

Ami Campbell proved the mainstay of Sparks' innings, top-scoring with 50 from 75 balls, while captain Evelyn Jones and wicketkeeper Abi Freeborn grafted their way to 44 and 35 respectively in a total of 206 all out from 50 overs after the visitors had won the toss.

Impressive with the new ball and again at the death, Lauren Filer claimed 3-36 from 10 overs and was ably supported by Niamh Holland, who took key wickets during the middle overs to return figures of 2-17.

But Storm lacked the application required with the bat on a typically slow and low Bristol pitch to follow up last week's opening win over Lightning, handing their opponents the opportunity to atone for defeat at the hands of Southern Vipers in their first game.

The game was all but over as a contest when Storm lurched to 48-6 inside 14 overs, the victims of poor shot selection and some outstanding bowling. Grace Potts set the tone, having Georgia Hennessy caught at the wicket without scoring and then inducing Alex Griffiths to hole out to mid-off as the hosts forfeited both openers inside seven overs with 17 runs on the board. Wilson was next to go cheaply, bowled in the act of playing back to Elizabeth Russell and missing a straight one, at which point Storm were 31-3 in the tenth.

A difficult situation became positively parlous when batting talisman Sophie Luff and big-hitting Dani Gibson succumbed to the first and sixth balls of Glenn's opening over from the Ashley Down Road End. Caught in two minds, Luff was pinned lbw, while Gibson played across the line and was bowled. When Nat Wraith edged a catch behind off Russell in the next over, Storm were 48-6 and in dire straits.

There followed 18 dot balls, a passage of austerity that culminated in Glenn having Holland held at slip. George was then bowled by Glenn, terminating any fanciful notion Storm supporters might have harboured of an against-the-odds triumph.

Understanding the risks associated with pushing too hard on a worn surface, Sparks' top-order batters had earlier demonstrated a willingness to graft for their runs, a quality that set them apart from their opponents.

Filer served early notice that this was far from a batting paradise, mustering impressive rhythm and pace from the Bristol Pavilion End to remove Davina Perrin and Thea Brookes while the fielding restrictions were still in place.

Campbell rode her luck against Storm's main strike bowler, cutting hard to backward point and being put down by Wilson before she had scored. She certainly made good her escape, the left hander surviving a sticky start to match Jones blow for blow in a stand of 64 for the third wicket as the visitors reasserted themselves.

Prepared to wait for the bad ball, these two were severe on anything short or wide, advancing the score to 109-2 at the halfway stage of the innings. Just when a half century appeared to be hers for the asking, Jones blotted her copybook, playing across the line to a straight delivery from off spinner Chloe Skelton and departing bowled for 44. Skelton's clever variations on pace and flight almost produced another wicket, but she was unable to hold onto a hard return catch offered up by the fortuitous Campbell, who went on to raise 50 from 74 balls, with 8 fours.

Dropped catches looked likely to cost Storm dear when George fumbled at deep square leg to allow Freeborn a life on three, much to the chagrin of the returning Filer. Yet partial salvation was at hand for the home side in the form of Holland, who claimed two wickets in the space of 13 deliveries after being introduced in the 34th over. Campbell clipped a swinging ball to Skelton at short fine leg, while Glenn was bowled for two as Sparks were reduced to 156-5. Ria Fackrell contributed 16 in a partnership of 32 in seven overs with Freeborn before being bowled by Gibson as Storm turned the screw.

As Sparks attempted to accelerate, so Filer struck to remove Freeborn, caught at the wicket by Wraith having hewn 35 from 58 balls. Gibson ran out Georgia Davis and then bowled Potts, while Wraith ran out Hannah Baker off the final ball of the innings.

Campbell's demise in the 35th over proved a turning point, Sparks adding a mere 63 runs for the loss of six wickets in their final 15 overs thereafter. Yet once Glenn went to work, it proved more than enough.


Live Scores and Stats -Northern Diamonds vs Sunrisers


Northern Diamonds made it two wins from two in the Rachael Heyhoe Flint Trophy with a thrilling come-from-behind six-run success over a struggling Sunrisers side who for large parts looked set for a shock victory.

Off-spinning all-rounders Grace Scrivens and Mady Villiers both claimed career best four-wicket hauls as the Diamonds were bowled out for 194 in 49.5 overs at Headingley.

Sunrisers were then 44 without loss in reply, only to succumb to 188 all out inside 46 overs under the pressure of chasing a first 50-over victory as a region at the 15th attempt across three seasons.

Amazingly, all 20 wickets fell to spin. After 18-year-old England A prospect Scrivens had impressed with four for 20, Diamonds’ own international twirler Linsey Smith starred with three for 34. 

After electing to bat on a glorious summer’s day, only three home batters, led by captain Hollie Armitage with a well constructed 47 off 59 balls, made it into the twenties. 

The others, Leigh Kasperek with 31 from number eight and Katie Levick’s 28 from number 10.

The Diamonds were 120 for eight in the 33rd over before Kasperek, Levick and Rachel Slater crucially added 74 runs for the last two wickets. The former two shared 41 for the ninth wicket.

The match started with the Diamonds losing England’s Lauren Winfield-Hill for two after nine balls, caught behind half-heartedly cutting at Villiers - four for one.

Villiers (four for 36 from 9.5 overs) also had the other opener Smith stumped for one as the score slipped to 17 for two in the fourth over.

Then it was Scrivens’ turn to get in on the act, taking the next four wickets, including two in the 27th over, as the score became 110 for six.

She had Sterre Kalis caught behind, Armitage lbw within sight of a half-century, Yvonne Graves caught behind and Bess Heath caught at deep backward square-leg by debutant Jess Olorenshaw. The latter two came within five balls in the 27th.

By this time, the Diamonds were in significant strife. And it got worse. 

Leg-spinner Maqsood and offie Jo Gardner removed Phoebe Turner and Marlow - 120 for eight in the 33rd - before the lower order brought respectability to the score.

Villiers, however, dashed the Diamonds’ hopes of posting 200 by getting Levick and Kasperek well caught as the innings drew to a close.

Scrivens and Cordelia Griffiths (29) shared an opening stand of 44 to further strengthen their side’s position.

Though you always felt the Diamonds could stage a comeback as long as they did not let the rate get out of hand. And that is exactly how it unfolded.

New Zealand spinner Kasperek had Griffith caught at wide mid-off to end the opening partnership before Scrivens was trapped lbw by the off-spin of Marlow, who also bowled Villiers - 84 for three in the 21st.

And when Carr top-edged a sweep at Armitage’s leg-spin and was smartly caught behind by Winfield-Hill, the Sunrisers were 110 for four in the 26th and still 85 short.

Naomi Dattani played nicely on her way to 41 to keep her side ahead. 

But Gardner was left-armer Smith’s first wicket of three quick wickets - lbw for 17 as the score fell to 140 for five in the 33rd.

Smith, who played for England A against South Africa earlier this week, then had Kelly Castle caught at slip by Kalis before bowling Dattani next ball, with the score now 151 for seven in the 35th over.

At that stage, the pendulum had well and truly swung. And decisively so, it proved. 

Kasperek removed Katherine Speed - another catch for Kalis at slip - before debutant Jess Olorenshaw hit 25 to suggest a visiting revival.

However, when she was bowled by Marlow (three for 40), it was 178 for nine in the 42nd over. Seventeen needed became seven needed, only for Armitage to account for Maqsood to cruelly deny Sunrisers.

Live Scores and Stats -Loughborough Lightning vs Thunder


Skipper Kathryn Bryce hit an unbeaten 109 after left-arm seam bowler Grace Ballinger had taken a career-best five for 29 as Lightning defeated Thunder by five wickets to record their first win of the Rachael Heyhoe Flint Trophy campaign at the Haslegrave Ground in Loughborough.

Thunder captain Ellie Threlkeld posted a career-best 91 as Thunder made 238 for nine in their 50 overs but it was not enough to prevent the North West representative side suffering a second defeat after Bryce and Sophie Munro, whose 50 was also a career-best, shared a 133-run partnership for the fifth wicket.

Threlkeld, wicket-keeper for the North West representative team and Manchester Originals in The Hundred, hit six fours and faced 117 balls after being dropped on three, a vital innings to help her side post a competitive score in the absence of Emma Lamb on England duty.

East Midlands side Lightning were without England spinner Kirstie Gordon and further hampered by the loss of Marie Kelly from their batting resources after the former Central Sparks player suffered a hand injury while fielding, but overcame both.  Thunder took the match into the last over but Bryce’s 15the boundary saw the home side to victory with five balls to spare.

Thunder had found themselves in early trouble after choosing to bat first, Ballinger’s opening spell left them 36 for three midway through the seventh over.

The 20-year-old from Birmingham had Georgie Boyce leg before and bowled Danielle Collins with her seventh and should have had a third wicket in her third over as Kelly dived to her right at slip but could not hold on as Threlkeld was allowed to escape.

West Indies batter Deandra Dottin hammered 20 in an over off Australian seamer Piepa Cleary, including three fours and a six over long-on, but Dottin’s aggression was short-lived as Ballinger soon had her leg before.

Threlkeld made the most of her reprieve, adding 83 for the fourth wicket with Nat Brown before the latter was caught at backward square leg sweeping Cleary, and 73 for the fifth with former Lightning batter Shachi Pai, who fell for 27, top-edging one that eventually came down into the gloves of wicketkeeper Sarah Bryce as Ballinger returned to claim her fourth wicket in the 42nd over.

Threlkeld, dropped again on 89, was run out by Cleary’s direct hit from mid-on, after which Daisy Mullan dragged one on to give Ballinger her fifth wicket before Teresa Graves had Phoebe Graham stumped and Cleary saw Hannah Jones caught at mid-off.

Lightning’s response saw them 55 for one after the opening 10 powerplay overs, compared with Thunder’s 48 for three, Beth Harmer having hit three fours in an eventful Graham over that saw her dropped on the boundary. Soon afterwards, she was bowled by Jackson.

Sarah Bryce plundered 25 of her 33 runs in another two expensive overs from the right-arm seamer Graham and her departure, bowled through the gate by Brown was another blow for Lightning, compounded when Gwenan Davies was given out leg before to Alex Hartley’s left-arm spin.

But Thunder could not find another breakthrough as Lightning reached the 30-over mark needing another 114 at 5.7 per over, their bowlers offering too many scoring opportunities, with skipper Bryce and 20-year-old Munro, primarily a bowler playing here as a batter only, wasting few of them.

Munro completed her maiden List A fifty off 63 balls with eight fours and though she was bowled by left-arm spinner Jones without addition she had helped her skipper take Lightning close to the winning line. Bryce completed her second List A hundred when she drove Dottin through the covers for her 14th boundary before pulling Nat Brown to the ropes to win the match.

Live Scores and Stats -Southern Vipers vs South East Stars


Southern Vipers racked up a bonus-point win in the second round of the Rachael Heyhoe Flint Trophy, beating South East Stars by 133 runs at Hove to see them top of the points table.

Batting first, Vipers put on 306 for nine thanks to a List A-best run-a-ball 115 from Georgia Elwiss and a frenetic 79-ball 90 from Emily Windsor, who returned with a bang from a seven-day rolling loan to Lightning to amass her highest score in regional cricket.

Vipers had been in trouble at 35 for three in the opening 11 overs, thanks to a tidy opening spell from Freya Davies, who eventually bagged three for 37. But a partnership of 160 for the fifth wicket between Elwiss and Windsor raised them well above par, before 17-year-old Freya Kemp blitzed 40 from 23 balls to rub salt into the Stars’ wounds.

In reply, Stars made good progress in the powerplay, reaching 60-0 thanks to Bryony Smith (39) and Alice Davidson-Richards (42). But after both were seen off, the pressure of chasing a high total led to a clatter of wickets, with Paige Scholfield (three for 29) finally wrapping things up in successive balls in the 39th over.

Earlier, after Stars chose to bowl first, Davies had opened her account with a maiden from the Cromwell Road End, building pressure on Georgia Adams who promptly pulled Alexa Stonehouse straight to deep square leg. Davies then had Maia Bouchier trapped lbw without scoring, while Alice Capsey’s sharp throw from point to run out Ella McCaughan saw Stars three down with 35 on the board.

Elwiss, though, played the anchor role to perfection, with Stars letting through far too many singles. Joined in the 20th over by Windsor, the pair ran hard before unleashing a flurry of boundaries after drinks. Windsor had been nine not out from 25 balls but then began throwing the bat around with abandon, progressing to a 59-ball half-century and taking just 20 balls to go from 50 to 90, while at the other end Elwiss calmly progressed to three figures with a single stroked down the ground in the 44th.

Davidson-Richards eventually accounted for the pair, castling Windsor before having Elwiss caught in the deep. But her scalps cost Stars 87 runs, as both Elwiss and Kemp smashed her for sixes over the leg side, Kemp taking 13 from the penultimate over as Vipers posted their second highest score in the competition.

In baking heat at Hove, Vipers were initially sloppy in the field, dropping Smith twice before she finally nicked one behind the stumps in the 11th. Davidson-Richards appeared to have a point to prove after being released from the England ODI squad to play in Saturday’s match, despite her hundred in last week’s Taunton Test. She thumped Charlotte Taylor for two sixes down the ground in her opening spell, but Taylor eventually had her caught and bowled eight runs short of a half-century.

From 110 for two Stars then added just 63 further runs for the loss of their final eight wickets, as a team effort from Vipers saw each of their seven bowlers chip in with at least one scalp.


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