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Rachael Heyhoe Flint Trophy: Latest News and Live Scores - Sunday September 13th 2020

Rachael Heyhoe Flint Trophy: Latest News and Live Scores
Rachael Heyhoe Flint Trophy: Latest News and Live Scores

All the latest news , updates and scores from the Rachael Heyhoe Flint Trophy for Sunday September 13th  2020


Rachael Heyhoe Flint Trophy Fixture Schedule Sunday September 13th  2020


Thunder v Lightning Starts at 10:30

Rachel Heyhoe Flint Trophy – Thunder 188 for nine (45) beat Lightning 116 (39.1) by 72 runs at Aigburth

A captain’s performance par excellence by slow left-armer Alex Hartley helped Thunder to their second victory in the Rachel Heyhoe-Flint  Trophy when they defeated Lightning by 72 runs at Aigburth.

Hartley brought herself on when the visitors were making brisk progress in their pursuit of 189 but then took four wickets for eight runs in a magnificent ten-over spell than included five maidens to leave Thunder totally in charge of the game.

Lightning were eventually dismissed for 116 with No4 Abi Freeborn the last wicket to fall, bowled by Hannah Jones for 28

Thunder’s dominance was far removed from the situation in the early afternoon when Lightning were 55 for one in the 15th over. However, the crucial wicket of the in-form Sarah Boyce was taken by Natalie Brown, who yorked the in-form Scot for 24 and the stage was set for Hartley to bamboozle the other batsmen.

The skipper needed help, though. Two outstanding stumpings by Ellie Threlkeld removed Kathryn Bryce for 22 and Lucy Higham for a duck before Hartley’s brilliant diving caught and bowled dismissed Nancy Harman for 4. Hartley’s last wicket was that of Shachi Pai who was leg before wicket for seven and leg-spinner Liberty Heap’s three for 34 completed a fine afternoon for Lightning, who had lost their three previous games. Jones finished with two for 20 from 8.1 overs.

In the first innings of the match Thunder posted a clearly competitive total in their 45 overs thanks to a half-century from Natalie Brown and useful contributions from both Georgie Boyce and Rebecca Duckworth.

The total was also boosted by the addition of 37 runs from wide deliveries, although several members of the Lightning attack bowled good spells, notably Kathryn Bryce, who took four for 38, and her fellow new-ball bowler Sophie Munro, who was wicketless but conceded only 27 runs from her ten overs. And in the mid-innings interval Thunder’s top order may have been pondering how many more runs they would have scored had not their effort been crippled by two run outs.

Bryce removed both Laura Marshall and Laura Jackson in her first four overs and Alicia Presland trapped Threlkeld leg before wicket for four before Brown and Boyce began to repair the innings with a 23-run partnership which took the score to 73 for three in the 19th over.

However, Brown then rightly sent Boyce back when the opener called for a single, only to see her partner fail to beat Higham’s accurate throw and depart for 32.  The same fielder later accounted for Brown when she had made 52 and was attempting a similarly unwise single. 

That run out ended the Thunder top scorer’s excellent seventh-wicket partnership of 59 with Duckworth and the Thunder tailenders then scrambled a further 29 runs with Duckworth, who was smartly stumped by Freeborn off Bryce for 27. Higham had earlier conceded only 17 runs from her seven overs of off spin. 

Sunrisers v South East Stars Starts at 10:30

South East Stars 199-4 beat Sunrisers 198 by six wickets

All-rounder Alice Capsey struck an unbeaten 73 as South East Stars strolled to a six-wicket Rachael Heyhoe Flint Trophy victory against winless Sunrisers at Chelmsford.

Capsey’s bustling knock took her just 75 deliveries and included nine fours as she and Aylish Cranstone (46) put together a match-winning partnership of 114 to secure the Stars’ second success of the tournament.

Stars skipper Tash Farrant (3-24) made early inroads after the home side had opted to bat, having opposite number Amara Carr (6) caught at second slip and removing Lissy MacLeod (3) in her next over.

That left Sunrisers struggling at 17-2, although their prospects of posting a competitive total were raised by a solid partnership of 55 from 57 balls between Cordelia Griffith (27) and Naomi Dattani (33).

However, none of the Sunrisers batters were able to convert starts into the significant score that could have anchored their innings, with spin duo Dani Gregory (2-30) and Capsey (0-35) stifling them through the middle overs.

Capsey also made a key contribution in the field, with throws from backward square to run out Hayley Brown (16) and Grace Scrivens (16) – the latter having just clubbed her for three consecutive boundaries.

Jo Gardner (30) and Katie Midwood (27) did their best to haul Sunrisers above the 200 mark, but both fell to well-executed stumpings off Hannah Jones (2-36) before Farrant returned to finish them off in the penultimate over.

Stars made an uncertain start to their run chase, with Kirstie White (5) leg before in the third over to seamer Katie Wolfe, who produced a tight opening spell in tandem with the nagging spin of Scrivens (1-34).

Debutant Chloe Brewer lifted the shackles by steering Wolfe through the slips twice for boundaries and, with Cranstone also starting to find the gaps, the visitors began to make steady progress.

The pair added 56 before Brewer (40) fell to Scrivens, caught behind attempting a cut, but new batter Capsey immediately made her intentions clear, pulling her first delivery through midwicket for four.

Capsey flourished against the Sunrisers spinners, outscoring her partner as she reached 50 from 52 balls – and Cranstone missed out on a half-century of her own, cutting Gardner to the point fielder with just 20 more required.

Although the impressive Gardner (2-13) followed that up with the wicket of Amy Gordon, it made no difference to the outcome, Susie Rowe stroking the winning single with 12.5 overs to spare.

South East Stars all-rounder ALICE CAPSEY, who made her highest score for South East Stars (73 not out), said:

“I felt in good nick and more relaxed than I have been – it was nice to get my 50 and almost lead into next season. We can’t make the final but this was a good momentum push for our last game against Vipers at the Oval.

“There are still things we need to work on but this was definitely a better performance than last week.

“I felt I was able to capitalise on bad balls and get off strike on the good ones. Me and Aylish (Cranstone) have batted together a fair amount for Surrey Women, so I’ve got quite used to batting with her and it was nice to do that today.

“It’s always good to get a run-out and two’s even better! I was happy with how I bowled, I was in good rhythm and I feel like I have been all tournament with the ball.”


DANNI WARREN, Sunrisers’ regional director of women’s cricket, said:

“We have really good phases in matches, phases where you feel like we’re building pressure and we’re waiting for the moment when we can kick on.

“Four months ago we didn’t exist as a team – these girls were only dreaming of playing on this stage and we’ve taken a group of players who are inexperienced at this level, they’re all working incredibly hard to show what they can do.

“The results might not be going our way, but the performances are improving in little snippets and we’ll eventually put enough that it makes a whole game.

“This season really is a bonus. We didn’t know if we would play cricket and to get six games into this group of players, that they’re going to learn from week in, week out, is exciting. There are going to be tough times, but they’re taking it on board and starting to feel they’ve got a platform to play on.”

Southern Vipers v Western Storm Starts at 10:30

Southern Vipers 288/1 beat Western Storm 256 by 32 runs

Georgia Adams smashed the highest score of the Rachael Heyhoe Flint Trophy to send her Southern Vipers side to the final with a 32 run victory over Western Storm.

Vipers skipper Adams notched an imperious unbeaten 154, the seventh highest top-tier List A score in English domestic cricket, while struggling with cramp in her calf for the last third of her innings.

Adams, who is the tournament’s leading scorer with 379 runs, was brilliantly partnered by teenager Ella McCaughan (63) and Maia Bouchier (50 not out) in century stands as Vipers crashed 288 for one.

And after Charlie Dean’s 3-50 and Charlotte Taylor's 4-41, Vipers maintained their 100 per cent record to set up a date at Edgbaston on September 27 with a game to spare.

From the moment Adams won the toss and elected to bat, she only left the playing field for a brief mid-innings break as she dominated the Storm bowling.

She and McCaughan attacked early with 57 coming off the powerplay, and the 100-partnership, the pair’s second together in three stands, needed only 127 balls to set an impressive foundation.

Adams reached her half-century first, in 64 balls, and was quickly followed by her 17-year-old partner in 84 deliveries, as the due put away the bad balls but rotated off good ones.

Adams was dropped at long-on by Georgia Hennessy but that proved the only blip in an outstanding innings, as the opening stand reached 155 – the second highest of the competition.

McCaughan was bowled when attempting a ramp but Bouchier seamlessly arrived and immediately struck at around a run-a-ball, her fifty coming in 47 balls.

But Adams was the main attraction and despite her injury, reached her century in 128 balls with a runner, before helping to add 90 in the last 10 overs to take her past an incredible 150.

The Storm lost top-order batters Lauren Parfitt, Fi Morris and Hennessy in six overs to Charlie Dean and Paige Scholfield to stunt the response to 60 for three.

A brilliant 129 run stand between captain Sophie Luff and wicketkeeper Nat Wraith put the game back in the balance.

But Dean had Wraith stumped before a flurry of wickets saw Storm bowled out for 256 off the final ball.

Northern Diamonds v Central Sparks Starts at 10:30

Northern Diamonds 217 v Central Sparks 218-4, Emerald Headingley. Sparks win by six wickets  

Captain Eve Jones hit a composed 77 to lead a successful Central Sparks chase of 218 as they inflicted a first defeat in five Rachael Heyhoe Flint Trophy games upon North Group leaders Northern Diamonds at Emerald Headingley.

The six-wicket victory, secured with 3.2 overs to spare, keeps the race for a final spot at Edgbaston (September 27) alive going into next weekend’s last round of matches.

A third win in five games for the Sparks cuts the gap from nine points to five at the top.

That means to have any chance of qualifying for the final, the Sparks need to beat Lightning at Grace Road on Saturday with a bonus point and hope the Diamonds lose against North West Thunder at Headingley. Then it would come down to net run-rate.

This was not a bonus point victory. For that, you need to score at a run-rate of 1.25 more than the opposition.

Opener Jones helped her side recover from nought for one in the first over of the reply under a sunny Leeds sky, sharing 123 inside 26 overs with second-wicket partner Marie Kelly, who made 49.

Left-handed Jones played a calm hand and was strong on both sides of the wicket, a similar knock to the 87 from home number three Sterre Kalis.

Netherlands international Kalis had bounced back from three successive ducks to underpin the Diamonds 217 all out. 

For the Sparks, new ball seamer Liz Russell was excellent with four for 28 from nine overs, while leg-spinner Hannah Baker claimed three for 26 from 10.

Having elected to bat, the momentum swung back and forth during the Diamonds innings.

At 113 for one in the 27th over, with 21-year-old Kalis set at the crease on a good pitch offering only the odd sign of uneven bounce, they were looking at a total in the region of 250.

However, they later slipped to 185 for eight in the 45th, with three wickets apiece at that stage for Russell and Baker.

Kalis played the anchor role expertly, calmly picking the gaps and putting away the bad ball in her 115-ball knock.

She was supported by opener Rachel Hopkins, who made 35 - the pair sharing 85 inside 20 overs for the second wicket to advance from 28 for one in the seventh. Later, Beth Langston added an important 26 down the order to boost the target.

The Sparks fightback was ‘sparked’, pardon the pun, by three quick wickets for Baker, who removed Hopkins, Ami Campbell and Alex MacDonald as the score slipped from 113 for one in the 27th over to 120 for four in the 29th.

The Diamonds lost two wickets in an over on three separate occasions, the first of those being when Baker had Campbell caught at mid-on and MacDonald lbw sweeping two balls later.

Another leg-spinner, Anisha Patel later did the same, getting Jenny Gunn and Bess Heath, before Russell returned at the death to get Kalis caught at mid-off and Phoebe Graham (185 for eight in the 45th).

After an early Langston wicket with the new ball, the Sparks controlled the chase through Jones, who hit nine fours in 114 balls, and Kelly.

There was a brief wobble when Jones chipped a return catch to leg-spinner Katie Levick and Langston trapped Millie Home lbw two balls later, leaving the score at 172 for four in the 40th over.

But Poppy Davies (31 not out) and Chloe Hill calmed nerves with an unbroken 46. Hill finished with an unbeaten 23 and hit the winning runs.

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