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Rachael Heyhoe Flint Schedule: Saturday September 19th  2020

South East Stars v Southern Vipers  Starts 10.30am

Lauren Bell’s return to Southern Vipers from the England training bubble proved a memorable one, as she claimed figures of 4-36 to set up a 4-wicket victory against South East Stars at The Kia Oval, leaving Vipers undefeated in the group stages of the Rachael Heyhoe Flint Trophy ahead of next weekend’s final.

Stars’ Chloe Brewer, making only her second appearance in the competition, hit an impressive 79 at the top of the order, but Stars squandered their solid start, collapsing from 145-3 to 227 all out in 48.3 overs.

In what turned into a nail-biting run chase, it was the 72-run sixth-wicket partnership between Carla Rudd (35) and Emily Windsor (47*) which ultimately proved decisive for Vipers, Windsor hitting the winning runs in the 48th over with 16 balls to spare.

Vipers had initially looked to be going steady at 70-1 after 15 overs, before back-to-back dismissals in the 16th and 17th gave them a wobble - captain Georgia Adams caught and bowled by Hannah Jones for 41, while Maia Bouchier (10) fell LBW to leg-spinner Danielle Gregory.

With their captain and the leading competition run-scorer back in the dugout, Charlie Dean (24) and Paige Scholfield (31) began the necessary rescue work but could not see the job through, as Gregory and Jones struck in tandem again in their consecutive second spells, leaving Vipers 5 down.

But Vipers’ experienced middle order eventually proved their mettle, ensuring they maintained their winning momentum going into the Trophy final next weekend.

Stars’ batting was expected to be buoyed in the final round of the competition by the return of England players Bryony Smith and Alice Davidson-Richards, but both fell for single figures - Smith (8) the first wicket to fall, driving straight into the hands of Maia Bouchier at extra cover in the fourth over.

Instead it was two teenagers who did the heavy lifting for Stars, with 18-year-old Brewer well supported by 16-year-old Alice Capsey (29), as the pair shared a 77-run partnership for the third wicket. Coming together in the 12th over after Aylish Cranstone was LBW to Charlotte Taylor attempting a sweep, they remained at the crease until the 30th, moving the total along from 52-2 to 129-3.

Both eventually fell in near-identical fashion, sending the ball up into the safe hands of Bouchier - the 21-year-old snaffling a total of four catches in her signature position at extra cover to leave her with a tally of 10 across the group stages, the highest of anyone in the competition.

Bell’s reintroduction in the 33rd over helped further dent the Stars’ innings, with her victims including both top-scorer Brewer and Stars’ captain Tash Farrant, bowled by a brilliant yorker. 

Grace Gibbs attempted to salvage things with a rapid 19-ball 30 at the back end to take Stars over 200, including two beautifully struck sixes against the off-spin of Adams. However, two smart run-outs from Paige Scholfield at midwicket finished the job, with Stars bowled out in the 49th - 9 balls of their innings going unused.


Western Storm v Sunrisers Starts 10.30am

Georgia Hennessy raised a brilliant hundred at the Bristol County Ground as Western Storm comfortably defeated Sunrisers by 47 runs to finish on a high in the Rachael Heyhoe Flint Trophy Southern Group. Alex Griffiths smashed 80 and shared in a match-winning stand of 155 in 22 overs for the fifth wicket with Hennessy, who posted a season's best 105 in an imposing total of 288-6 in 50 overs. Katie Wolfe produced a notable performance with the new ball and at the death to finish with 2-34 from 10 overs, while Alice Macleod returned figures of 2-64, but Sunrisers were made to pay for some wayward bowling and a plethora of elementary mistakes in the field. Star turn Hennessy then weighed in with 2-29 with the ball, took a catch and perpetrated two run outs as Sunrisers were dismissed for 241 in 49 overs, Cordelia Griffith scoring 41 and Grace Scrivens 72 at either end of the innings. Twice beaten by Southern Vipers, Storm registered four wins in six games to finish in second place in the group behind the finalists. 

Beaten in all five of their previous fixtures and rooted to the foot of the table, Sunrisers elected to bowl and reduced Storm to 69-4 inside 21 overs on a slow pitch. Wolfe was especially impressive, bowling with aggression and control to remove openers Lauren Parfitt and Fi Morris. Parfitt lost her off stump to one that nipped back, having made 10, and Morris went for a breezy 27 (5 fours) when playing all around a straight delivery. 

In-form Storm skipper Sophie Luff made a superb century on this ground eight days earlier, but went for just three on this occasion, lifting Joanne Gardner to mid-wicket in the 13th over. When Nat Wraith was bowled by Sonali Patel for 12, Sunrisers were well and truly in the ascendancy.

Adopting attack as the best form of defence, Griffiths quickly altered the complexion of the match, striking the ball sweetly, putting the bowlers under real pressure for the first time and forcing the field back as Storm made a full recovery. She hit 13 off the 24th over, sent down by off spinner Katie Midwood, and struck a four and a six off successive deliveries to make a mess of Kelly Castle's figures en-route to a 54-ball half century.  

Rather more watchful in her approach, Hennessy was first to that particular landmark, her 50 occupying 75 balls and serving to break Sunrisers' spirits. Although Midwood and Macleod managed to keep a lid on things by taking the pace off during the middle overs, boundaries flowed when the seamers returned, Hennessy and Griffiths pouncing upon anything short or wide to apply late-innings pressure and force a catalogue of mistakes in the field.

With a hundred there for the taking, Griffiths displayed her annoyance when offering a return catch to Macleod, having faced 68 balls and accrued a six and 11 fours. Hennessy stayed the course though, going to three figures via 107 deliveries, and harvesting 14 fours, before lifting Macleod to long-off three balls later. Danielle Gibson ensured there was no let-up in the tempo, the Bristolian hitting out at the death to raise an unbeaten 33 from 24 balls (5 fours) in a partnership of 49 for the sixth wicket with Hennessy.

Facing an uphill task, Sunrisers nevertheless made a decent start to their chase, Cordelia Griffith posting a run-a-ball 41, striking 6 fours and a six and dominating an opening stand of 55 with Macleod in 13 overs. But it was proving difficult to keep the ubiquitous Hennessy out of the action and, called into the attack, she made the breakthrough, Griffith carving a delivery outside off stump straight to Emma Carney at point. Hennessy then tempted Amara Carr into front foot indiscretion, Wraith completing a smart stumping,, before holding a catch at mid-off to send back Naomi Dattani and present off spinner Morris with a deserved wicket.

With spinners now operating at both ends, the obdurate Macleod, who had chiseled 28 from 56 balls, was bowled by Stephanie Hutchins as Storm further tightened their grip on the game. Lacking Storm's strength in depth and ability to extract themselves from tight situations, the visitors subsided to 102-5 in the 24th over, Corney's change of pace accounting for Mia Rogers, pinned in her crease and adjudged lbw for 10. Castle at least proved combative in raising 20 from 22 balls, but she was comprehensively bowled by Naimh Holland.

Thereafter, Gardner and Scrivens made a decent fist of rebuilding, the seventh wicket pair posting 32 and 72 respectively and staging a stand of 69 in 14 overs without ever seriously threatening to challenge Storm's supremacy. Occasional bowler Luff broke the partnership, Wraith again demonstrating deft glovework to stump Gardner, while Midwood, Scrivens and Patel were all dismissed in the penultimate over. Scrivens displayed defiance aplenty in an attractive innings that spanned 73 balls and yielded 11 boundaries, albeit in a losing cause.




Northern Diamonds v Thunder 

Northern Diamonds 144-4 v North West Thunder 143, Emerald Headingley. Diamonds win by six wickets.

The Northern Diamonds secured a convincing win over cross-Pennine rivals North West Thunder to qualify for next Sunday’s Rachael Heyhoe Flint Trophy final at Edgbaston, where they will play Southern Vipers.

Former England fast bowler Beth Langston returned an excellent three for 18 from 8.5 overs as the Thunder, who elected to bat, were bowled out for 143 at Emerald Headingley.

The Diamonds then secured their fifth win from six to top the North Group by chasing down their target for the loss of only four wickets with 20.2 overs to spare. Netherlands international Sterre Kalis top-scored with an unbeaten 55 off 67 balls, including nine fours.

On a glorious late September day in Leeds, the Thunder were hurt by the loss of two wickets in the first 20 balls of the contest, including Langston bowling Laura Marshall, and later five wickets for 18 runs as they slipped from 91 for three to 109 for eight.

Langston returned in the latter stages of the innings to bowl Liberty Heap and Rebecca Duckworth (19), picking the ideal time to return her best figures of the competition on a true pitch.

Her new ball partner Phoebe Graham also struck twice, as did Jenny Gunn - she also later contributed an unbeaten 26 - and Katie Levick. 

Upon her return from training with the England squad, left-arm spinner Linsey Smith also added a wicket.

The inexperienced Thunder, who have been encouraged by two wins from their six games, were eyeing a recovery from 31 for three in 10th over as opener Georgie Boyce and Nat Brown were sharing 60 for the fourth wicket.

They hit 29 and 32 respectively, uniting for 11 overs. 

In that period, the Diamonds looked a touch ragged and will be keen to rectify an issue with wides that reared its head for the fourth game running. 

In those games combined, they have conceded 95 runs in wides, including 25 in this game. If they do that against the Vipers in the final, it could be very costly.

In reply, the Diamonds, who have won both matches against the Thunder this summer, wobbled only briefly as they lost two wickets in the 21st over to slip to 90 for four before Kalis steered them home.

Rachel Hopkins was bowled around her legs in the seventh over by left-arm spinner Hannah Jones (25 for one), but captain Hollie Armitage hit six boundaries in a 50-ball 36 to help take the target below 100.

Armitage offered a sharp return catch to Thunder skipper Alex Hartley in the 16th over - 62 for two.

In the 21st, off-spinner Heap then had Ami Campbell stumped before Alex MacDonald was run out following a mix-up with Kalis three balls later (90 for four).

But 21-year-old Kalis, who hit 87 in last Sunday’s defeat against Central Sparks, found an ally in former England Ashes and World Cup winner Gunn.

Gunn was the aggressor with five fours in 35 balls as the pair shared 54 inside nine overs, while Kalis - strong on the sweep - reached 50 off 64 balls in a bonus point win.





Lightning v Central Sparks Starts 10.30am

Lightning 303-5 beat Central Sparks 248 by 55 runs.

Opener Sarah Bryce hit a List A career-best 136 not out as Lightning wrapped up their Rachael Heyhoe Flint Trophy campaign with a comfortable victory over Central Sparks.

The 20-year-old Scotland international struck 14 fours in her 133-ball innings, sharing partnerships of 61 with opening partner Bethan Ellis, 69 with Abbey Freeborn and 127 with Teresa Graves, whose 65 was also a career-best in the format, as Lightning racked up 303 for five from their 50 overs, the highest total by any side in the eight-team competition.

Sparks skipper Evelyn Jones led from the front with a fine unbeaten 115  but after sharing an opening partnership of 103 with Gwenan Davies (48) could not find the support that was needed to have any chance of overhauling such a demanding target.  Off-spinner Lucy Higham (2-35) was the pick of the Lightning bowlers, her miserly spell key to sapping the visitors’ momentum at a key stage of the innings. All-rounders Kathryn Bryce and Bethan Ellis weighed in with three apiece in the last 10 overs as Sparks threw the bat in vain.

Sparks had already seen their outside chance of pipping Northern Diamonds to a place in the final as North Group winners disappear with the Diamonds’ win over Thunder earlier in the afternoon.

Having won the toss, Sparks chose to bowl first, their initial target to break the partnership between Sarah Bryce and Ellis that was primarily responsible for their defeat against Lightning at Worcester earlier in the competition, when the Lightning openers shared a stand of 148.

They could not separate them in the powerplay overs, although Emily Arlott went close when Bryce sliced over the head of slip in the eighth over. Uncannily, at the completion of the 10th, Lightning were 39 without loss, just as they had been at New Road.  

In the event, the breakthrough was not long coming and it was the introduction of Hannah Baker’s leg spin at the pavilion end that brought it about, the 16-year-old celebrating after only her third delivery as Ellis edged for Anisha Patel to take a fine catch at slip, her departure for 25 ending the partnership at 61.  

A bowling change paid off again as Patel joined the attack to provide leg spin from both ends, dismissing Kathryn Bryce via a thin edge to wicketkeeper Davies in the 19th over.  Sarah Bryce - who survived a chance to the ‘keeper off Issy Wong on 42 - completed her fifth half-century of the competition from 59 balls with five fours as Lightning hit the halfway point at 114 for two.

Strong on the cut and sweep, Freeborn then led an acceleration in Lightning’s scoring, racing to 40 off 43 balls with seven fours and damaging Baker’s figures, before bowling changes paid off again for Sparks. The medium pace of Clare Boycott brought the end of Freeborn, who cut again but this time straight to Baker at point, the third wicket pair having added 69 in 12 overs. And when Patel returned for a second spell she immediately bowled Higham, beaten by the turn as she tried to sweep.

But the arrival of Graves quickly restored Lightning’s momentum, the 21-year-old Yorkshire-born batter striking the ball cleanly and with power in a series of boundaries, taking the pressure off Bryce, who had gone more than a dozen overs without a four when a full toss from Liz Russell enabled her to hoick the ball through the mid-wicket boundary.

A lovely clip off the legs off Emily Arlott gave her an eighth four in the next, taking her to 99, and she was able to work the next delivery into the onside for a single to move into three figures off 116 balls.

Bryce and Graves now went after the Sparks bowling, the next five overs adding 65 runs. Graves, who surpassed her previous highest List A score when she moved to 38, launched Wong for a huge six into the sightscreen at the Bennett End, then celebrating her maiden half-century by cracking three consecutive boundaries off Arlott.

By the time she was run out in the final over of the innings, she had notched up nine fours and a six in reaching 65 from just 57 balls and the partnership with Bryce had added 127 in 16 overs.  

Sparks made a blistering start in reply, openers Jones and Davies putting on 67 in the opening powerplay overs to be ahead of the required rate, Davies setting the tone with 39 off 33 balls. By the 16th over, their alliance was worth 100 runs, but it was broken soon afterwards as Davies, swishing at a widish ball from left-arm spinner Kirstie Gordon, was adjudged to have made thin contact with it before it thudded into the gloves of ‘keeper Freeborn.

The combination of Gordon and Lucy Higham’s accurate off-spin then put the brakes on the Sparks scoring and at the half-way stage of the chase they had fallen behind the pace at 139 for one after 25 overs, although they received a somewhat unexpected and controversial bonus when umpires Paul Pollard and Malinda Underdown awarded five penalty runs against Lightning after a player used offensive language in disputing a not-out verdict following a run-out appeal.

It was the second example in less than 24 hours on this ground of umpires applying the tough new sanctions available under Law 42 governing fair and unfair play. Five runs had been awarded against Nottinghamshire Outlaws for distracting the batsman in Friday night’s Vitality Blast fixture hosted by Leicestershire Foxes, with umpired Pollard again involved.

Jones, meanwhile, had completed a half-century off 67 balls and her partnership with Marie Kelly for the second wicket had added 57 in 12 overs to keep the Sparks in touch at 160 for one after 30.

However, their prospects were weakened when Higham’s excellent spell was rewarded with two wickets in her final over as the off-spinner had Kelly caught by Graves at deep backward point before bowling Arlott first ball, finishing with commendable figures of 2 for 35 from 10 overs.  Gordon then dismissed Poppy Davies leg before as Sparks slipped further behind, with 105 still needed from the final 10 overs if they were to pull off an unlikely win.

Jones completed her century of 123 balls but Sparks lost their last six wickets for 20 runs to be all out  for 248.

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