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Rachael Heyhoe Flint Trophy Schedule: Friday September 11th 2020


Southern Vipers v Sunrisers Starts at 10:30

Southern Vipers 232 beat Sunrisers 183 by 49 runs

Georgia Adams led by example with a fine 89 as Southern Vipers continued their 100 per cent record in the Rachael Heyhoe Flint Trophy with a 49-run victory over Sunrisers.

Vipers captain Adams was the only player to score more than 39 on a tricky slow wicket as she took her season tally to 225 runs.

Left arm seamer Tara Norris claimed 3-37 to take her to 11 scalps in the competition, while Maia Bouchier snaffled three stunning catches as winless Sunrisers could only reach 183 in reply.

Adams, having won the toss and chosen to bat, was involved in a run out with opening partner Ella McCaughan and was dropped on three in the opening stages.

But took the lead with partnerships of 34, 64, 41 and 44 with Bouchier, Charlie Dean, Paige Scholfield and Emily Windsor.

It was the partnership with Dean, who struck 39 off 41 balls despite a sluggish start, which sped up the run rate and laid the platform for an above par score.

Adams excelled at waiting for short balls and thrashing into the leg side, scoring 61 of her runs between square and straight, and reached her half-century in 80 balls.

She departed when she was run out, one of four Vipers batters dismissed in the manner, as the hosts lost three wickets for one run.

But the tail, led by Carla Rudd’s 19, managed to add 48 in the last 10 overs to set Sunrisers 233 to win.

Sunrisers’ chase saw full-time professionals Amara Carr and Cordelia Griffith fall within the first seven balls.

Lissy MacLeod (35) and Naomi Dattani (20) added 48 for the third wicket and Katie Castle and Jo Gardner put on 63 for the sixth wicket.

But despite the partnerships, Vipers controlled the chase with accurate bowling, with Norris’ treble, joined by two-fors for spinners Charlie Dean (2-35) and Providence Cowdrill (2-21).

Central Sparks v Lightning Starts at 10:30

Lightning are celebrating their first victory in the Rachael Heyhoe Trophy after a six run success over Central Sparks at Blackfinch New Road, Worcester.

A record stand for the Trophy by Lightning openers Sarah Bryce and Bethan Ellis of 148 in 33 overs and a three wicket burst by Alicia Presland were responsible for their side ending a run of three defeats.

Defeat was a major blow to the second placed Sparks hopes of challenging Northern Diamonds for a place in the final and, despite half centuries from Gwenan Davies and Marie Kelly, they fell just short of their target and closed on 227-9.

Lightning were put into bat by Sparks captain Evelyn Jones on the same wicket used for last weekend’s match with Thunder.

Sarah Bryce and Ellis found the surface to their liking as they established a new partnership record for any wicket for the Trophy and it laid the foundations for Lightning’s total of 233-8 in 50 overs.

Bryce continued her excellent form in the competition with her fourth successive half century and she went onto make 75 from 98 balls with nine fours. Ellis made an accomplished 62 from 101 balls with four boundaries.

The pair were both dismissed by Liz Russell on her return to the attack and she bowled an impressive second spell of 7-1-26-2. Abigail Freeborn, with a quickfire 36, capitalised on the fine start given to the Lightning innings.

The Sparks attack generally bowled tightly and spinner Anisha Patel picked up three wickets for 49 runs during her 10 overs spell. But they were let down by some indifferent ground fielding and also a crucial dropped catch – by Patel off Georgia Davis at short fine leg – when Ellis was on 17.

Sparks needed a positive start to their reply and it was supplied by Gwenan Davies and Jones who put on 41 in 8.1 overs. Leah Kellogg made the initial breakthrough when Jones (10) tried to force through the off side and was bowled but she went off injured after completing the over.

Jones was joined by Marie Kelly and the duo posed a half century standing only 7.5 overs to maintain the momentum of the Sparks innings. Gwenan Davies reached 50 off 63 balls but did not add to her tally before she was lbw to Alicia Presland.

The Sparks looked well placed at 150-2 in the 31st over but then three wickets fell for seven runs with two more of them to Presland. Kelly, whose half century came from 76 deliveries, was bowled by Teresa Graves before Presland sent back Poppy Davies (8) and Milly Home (2) in successive overs.

Presland finished with figures of 3-26 from 10 overs but some excellent deliveries were mixed in with 10 wides out of a total of 35 conceded by the Lightning.

The run rate started to climb and Chloe Hill (6) was caught right on the very edge of the mid-wicket boundary by Sarah Bryce from a Graves full toss. She seemed reluctant to depart the middle and the umpires conferred and spoke with the Lightning players before she strode off.

Emily Arlott hit a quickfire 19 before she lofted Kathryn Bryce to mid off and Georgia Davis (3) and Russell (1) were run out in the late scramble for runs to leave Clare Boycitt unbeaten on 33 from 56 balls.

Western Storm v South East Stars Starts at 10:30

In-form Sophie Luff fashioned a brilliant hundred to guide Western Storm to a comfortable seven-wicket Rachael Heyhoe Flint Trophy triumph over South East Stars at the Bristol County Ground. Chasing a target of 213, Storm's captain top-scored with 104 not out and shared in a match-winning stand of 162 with Georgia Hennessy for the third wicket as the hosts cruised to victory with 23 balls to spare.

Hennessy excelled with bat and ball, the 23-year-old Worcester-born all-rounder claiming 3-40 in 10 overs before posting an assured 86, her highest score of the season so far. 

Stars won the toss and Kirstie White and Maxine Blythin both registered patient half centuries on a difficult pitch. But neither was able to go on and make a really decisive contribution, and Stars' total of 212-9 in 50 overs never really looked like being enough once Hennessy and Luff began to move through the gears.

Even without their England internationals, Storm have now won three out of four games and are the only side still in with a realistic chance of overhauling South Group leaders Southern Vipers and making the final at Edgbaston later this month.

Storm's reply suffered an early setback when Fi Morris was bowled for a duck by Tash Farrant without offering a shot to the third ball of the innings. Unperturbed, Lauren Parfitt and new batsman Luff took full advantage of the fielding restrictions to add 49 for the second wicket in a partnership that spanned 12 overs and served to provide the hosts with a base. The advent of spin eventually proved Parfitt's undoing, the Welsh international hoisting a catch to Capsey at deep mid-wicket and departing for 18. But Luff remained relentless in her quest for runs, working the gaps to scamper ones and twos, while punishing any lapse in line and length when the bowling strayed.

Hennessy proved the perfect foil. Looking to attack from the outset, five of her first six scoring shots went to the boundary as she issued a statement of intent. Striking the ball cleanly, the all-rounder refused to allow the spinners to settle during the middle part of the innings, Alice Capsey, Hannah Jones and Belt resorting to considerable variation in a bid to subdue her. Not to be outdone, 

Luff relied upon nimble footwork to counter the slow bowlers, Storm's captain helping herself to half a dozen boundaries en-route to a workaholic 84-ball half century. It was her third score of 50 or more in four innings since moving up the order this season. Hennessy required 22 balls fewer to attain the same landmark, the former England Under-19 international turning a stray delivery from Grace Gibbs off her legs for a single to bring up her 50 in the 34th over. 

By the time their partnership realised three figures in the 37th over, Luff and Hennessy had guided Storm to within 64 runs of victory with eight wickets and 83 balls in hand. Determined to see their side home with a minimum of anxiety, the third wicket pair refused to take undue risks, content to wait for the bad ball and knock off the remaining runs without offering their opponents a glimmer of hope.

Luff's perfectly-paced innings was adorned with 11 fours and a six and she went to three figures from 132 balls, while Hennessy accrued 12 boundaries in a forthright knock which spanned 106 deliveries. Victory was already assured when Hennessy was bowled by Hannah Jones in the 46th over.

Stars elected to bat but found the going far from straightforward on a characteristically slow Bristol pitch, extras emerging as top-scorer in a total of 49-1 at the end of 10 overs as the new ball pair of Lauren Filer and Griffiths sent down 13 wides between them. When they did find the right line, both troubled the batsmen and Filer made the breakthrough in the sixth over, bowling Capsey for three with a delivery that nipped back. Aylish Cranstone looked to be assertive, in scoring 17, only to see her off stump uprooted by Hennessy as Stars slipped to 62-2 in the 15th over.

Salvation was at hand in the form of the obdurate White and Blythin, who dug in and demonstrated good shot selection, clever placement and quick running between the wickets in a productive third wicket stand of 51 in 10 overs, which served to put pressure back on the bowlers. The dominant force, White proved particularly effective off the back foot, collecting eight boundaries on her way to a chanceless 75-ball half century.

Wickets change games and, just at the point where Stars were threatening to lay the foundations for a really big score, Emma Corney effected a crucial double intervention, running out White for 50 with a lightning-quick pick-up-and-throw from point and then finding her way past Amy Gordon's defences to dismiss the new batsman for a first-ball duck and reduce the visitors to 113-4 at the halfway point of the innings. Thereafter, Storm reasserted control, Corney conjuring a tidy return of 1-23 off six overs, bowling in tandem with Devon teammate Stephanie Hutchins, who sent down 10 overs unchanged for 1-27. Effectively tied down and frustrated, Tash Farrant scratched 10 runs from 38 balls before looking to drive a straight one from Hutchins and losing off stump as Stars slipped to 147-5 after 36 overs.

In contrast, Blythin's patient approach paid dividends, the Kent player finding the gaps and running hard between the wickets to keep the scoreboard ticking over. Having played second fiddle to White, she served as senior partner in a restorative stand of 40 for the sixth wicket with Jones, who raised 28 from 30 balls before lifting Griffiths to long-on. While those at the other end succumbed to death bowlers Hennessy and Griffiths, who between them claimed four wickets in 21 balls to subdue the tail, Blythin went calmly about her business, compiling 50 from 88 balls with 3 fours. Having reached that landmark, she promptly chipped a slower ball from Griffiths to cover, but only after ushering her team to a respectable total. Bowling under pressure at the death, Hennessy sent down five overs for two wickets at a cost of just 20 runs to keep the visitors in check.


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