Here is all the latest news, scores and match report updates from the Rachael Heyhoe Flint Trophy 2022: All Matches Saturday July 2nd
Rachael Heyhoe Flint Trophy 2022: All Matches Saturday July 2nd
South East Stars vs Sunrisers
The Stars posted 281 for 8 before dismissing Sunrisers for 201, Bryony Smith claiming
3 for 37.
Smith was also the Stars top scorer with 66, while Alice Capsey hit 64 not out and Kira Chathli 61.
The Stars had looked like hitting in excess of 300 until Sunrisers’ Grace Scrivens took four for 42, but the hosts rallied after a middle order and although Scrivens then made 74 with the bat, the visitors’ next highest scorer was Amara Carr with 35 and they were all out with eight overs remaining.
Having won the toss, the Stars chose to bat and lost Phoebe Franklin early when she swiped Naomi Dattani to Jo Gardner and was out for three in the fifth over, but Smith and Chathli put on 111 for the second wicket, before Mady Villiers had the former caught at square leg by Cordelia Griffith.
Griffith then caught Chathli off Scrivens, who subsequently took a sharp return catch to remove Aylish Cranstone for 27. Kirstie White was bowled by Abtaha Maqsood for a second-ball duck and Scrivens then had Grace Gibbs lbw for two, before bowling Freya Davies for just one.
Having lost four wickets for 17 runs, the Stars counter-attacked, with Alexa Stonehouse putting on 55 for the next wicket with Capsey before Griffith removed her with a steepling catch off Kelly Castle to dismiss her for 24.
Eva Gray then made a quickfire 18 from 11 balls and with 13 coming off the final over the Stars had what looked like a daunting total.
Stonehouse removed Griffith early in the chase, caught by Capsey for 10, but the Sunrisers recovered to 59 for one at the end of the powerplay, only to lose Dattani for 19 in freakish circumstances in the 11th over. She’d comfortably made her ground when the ball ricocheted off the stumps at the Beckenham End, only to get run out by Gray at the other end, chasing a second.
Scrivens drove Smith back over her head for the four that took her past 50, but then lost another partner when Villiers charged at Smith and was stumped by Chathli for 10.
The Kent all-rounder’s high-class innings came to an end in the 28th over when she hit Smith to White and Gardner was then lbw for nought to Grace Gibbs.
The run rate remained manageable at just over seven, but Smith then trapped Carr lbw and Castle, who had been dropped on eight, was given caught behind off Capsey for 14.
Capsey bowled Katherine Speed for seven and Gray then wrapped up the win with two wickets in the 42nd over. She ripped out Maqsood’s middle stump, bowling her for two, before getting Kate Coppack lbw for a duck with the final ball of the over.
South East Stars Bryony Smith said: “We’re very happy. The first game of 50 overs is always hard coming back in, but I think we batted very well to get to 280 and then our bowlers backed us up. The exciting thing for us is that we did leave quite a few runs out there, we could have easily got 300 plus.
“We weren’t worried, we’ve got a really long batting line-up. It’s always hard when pace is off the ball going in, but I think one of our top four needs to go on and get that big score. Hopefully in the next few games we’ll go on and get some bigger scores.
“We know they’ve got a really strong batting line-up but we just stuck to our basics, stuck to our plans and get hit to where we want to get hit. We knew that if we got one or two quick wickets we’d be in control.
“It’s nice to get a few runs. I was disappointed with my T20 campaign, so it was nice to get some runs on the board, but again, it’d be nice to go bigger. I think that’s my role really. I got a bit stuck after 50, but it was nice to contribute with the ball as well.”
Sunrisers’ Grace Scrivens said: “We played some good cricket at times, but not enough to get the win. I think probably 280 to 300 would have been a good score on that wicket. It’s a good pitch here at Beckenham so we knew it would be a high-scoring game.
“I think I just tried to keep it as simple as possible and bowled as many balls at the stumps as I could. I think they probably got a few too many, but the way we batted in the middle was a credit to us after the start they got. The pitch is one where you can trust your shots, so I just tried to capitalise on the bad balls and kind of keep it simple when they were bowling well.
(On the ball that got her out) “It was a short ball and it probably should have gone for four in an ideal world, but we learn from it and hopefully we’ll go again next week.”
Loughborough Lightning vs Western Storm
Western Storm opened their Rachael Heyhoe Flint Trophy campaign with a comfortable victory over East Midlands side Lightning in a rain-affected match at the Haslegrave Grove ground in Loughborough.
Chasing a revised target of 250 from 46 overs after Storm had finished on 255 for nine from 50, Lightning were 166 for nine from 34.2 overs when a second stoppage for heavy rain forced the match to be abandoned, losing by 75 runs on the Duckworth-Lewis-Stern index.
Sophie Luff made 48 and former England international Fran Wilson 43 off 37 balls after Lightning chose to bowl first. Australian seam bowler Piepa Cleary led the Lightning attack with three for 45 from her 10 overs.
There were useful contributions too from wicketkeeper Natasha Wraith, with a run-a-ball 35 and 17-year-old Sophia Smale, who hit an unbeaten 23, adding 25 with Claire Nicholas for the last wicket.
All-rounder Lucy Higham top-scored with 34 for Lightning, who never recovered from slipping to 23 for three inside seven overs, their troubles compounded when they incurred a five-run penalty for a disciplinary code breach.
The occasion made history by being the first professional match in England to feature a husband-and-wife team of on-field umpires in Naeem Ashraf, an all-rounder who played two one-day internationals for Pakistan in 1995 and Jasmine Naeem.
In gloomy conditions with rain in the air, Storm soon lost Georgia Hennessy leg before to Cleary but were 44-1 after 10 before left-arm spinner Kirstie Gordon bowled Alex Griffiths for 22.
Luff and Wilson dominated for a dozen overs, Wilson mixing power with panache as she cleared the short, straight boundary off Gordon and medium-pacer Teresa Graves but took fours off Higham’s off spin with reverse paddle-sweeps.
But Lightning were handed a breakthrough as Wilson hit Graves straight to the fielder at mid-off in the 25th over and when Luff was caught behind down the leg side off 17-year-old leg spinner Sophie Groves two short of a half-century, Storm were 143 for four in the 29th.
Katie George and Dani Gibson made starts but soon came unstuck but, as play continued despite persistent showers, Wraith and Lauren Parfitt added 28 before the latter was caught at mid-off.
Wraith and Smale put on another 27 before Beth Harmer’s fine throw from mid-off ran Wraith, Lauren Filer was caught and bowled after sending a ball from Cleary a long way skywards but Smale and Nicholas made good use of the final four overs.
It looked like score Lightning might fancy themselves to chase down but their reply started badly, their top three batters falling in the opening seven overs to Storm’s new-ball duo of Filer and Gibson.
Filer arrowed one in to bowl Sarah Bryce before sister Kathryn found Wilson at point and Marie Kelly picked out Smale at cover to leave their side in trouble.
Either side of a 50-minute stoppage for rain, Higham and loan signing Emily Windsor, the Southern Vipers batter, added 62, the last 40 coming in five overs as they attacked George and Smale, but Higham was unlucky to fall on 34, when a full blooded drive was turned into a stunning return catch in her follow-through by Nicholas.
When slow left-armer Parfitt dismissed Windsor and Cleary with the last two balls of the 22nd over, caught at backward point and mid-off respectively, Lightning looked out of contention at 102 for six, despite the best efforts of Harmer, who hit 27 from 20 balls before she was run out.
Gordon and Groves were both caught behind as Filer returned to the attack, Graves finishing unbeaten on 26.
Western Storm bowler Lauren Filer, who took three for 35 from eight overs, said:
“It was a really good all-round performance. We probably didn’t get as many runs as we wanted but then everyone chipped in with the wickets so overall we’re pretty happy.
“We lost a few wickets near the end after we’d been aiming for 250 to 270 but although it is not the highest score here we felt it was defendable, even though this ground is not exactly a bowler’s paradise.
“From my own point of view rhythm-wise and pace-wise, it is the best I’ve felt this season, so I’m really pleased to get some success. It had a lot more bounce and carry than when we played a warm-up game here last week and that helps my bowling a lot, so that contributed to a few of my wickets.
“The win sets us up nicely for this season. If we carry on playing the way we did today then hopefully we can win loads more games.”
Lightning’s Sarah Bryce said:
“It was a disappointing way to finish, but the first half of the match we did pretty well. We bowled pretty well and we were pleased to keep them down to 250.
“Unfortunately we didn’t bat how we would like to, we didn’t execute our skills as we wanted, but hopefully we can come back again next week and put on a better performance.
“We always say that at Haslegrave for a 50-over game 300 is par so we did well to restrict them to 250, but when you lose three wickets early on it is difficult to come back. The pitch got a bit sticky with the rain but overall it was a good pitch.
“We had a few good starts and Lucy (Higham) was unlucky to be out the way she was to a really good catch, but if we want to progress we need to kick on from those starts and build those bigger partnerships.”
Central Sparks vs Southern Vipers
Southern Vipers defeated Central Sparks by seven wickets (D/L) in a heavily rain-affected Rachael Heyhoe Flint Trophy opener at Portland Road.
After frequent interruptions by the weather, Vipers chased down a revised D/L target of 70 in ten overs as they reached 75 for three with just two balls to spare.
On a relentlessly damp afternoon in Birmingham, calculators were to the fore as both innings were truncated by heavy showers.
The Sparks batted first and closed on 163 for seven from 36 overs – an innings of two halves after they reached 103 for three from 24 before a two-hour rain break. They resumed with 12 more overs to have a thrash but added just 60 more against disciplined bowling led by Georgia Elwiss (8-0-29-1)
Chasing an initial D/L target of 176 from 36, the Vipers were 24 for one when rain returned. That trimmed the target to 70 from ten and Danni Wyatt paved with chase to perfection with an unbeaten 36 from 24 balls (four fours, one six).
Put in, the Sparks, depleted by the absence of Emily Arlott, still recovering from Covid, and recent England debutant Issy Wong, were given a solid platform by openers Eve Jones and Davina Perrin who added 65 in 17 overs. Fifteen-year-old Perrin, a Staffordshire product, impressed for 22 (48 balls) before lifting Charlotte Taylor to mid on.
Paige Schofield soon had Thea Brookes caught behind before Jones’s promising innings 39 (70 balls) ended in wasteful fashion when Ami Campbell called for a second run and Jones’ desperate dive for home narrowly failed.
Three balls later the rain arrived and, after the resumption, Vipers bowled accurately to deny Sparks the boundaries they needed to beef up their total.
Vipers’ reply suffered an early blow when Georgia Adams was trapped lbw by the third ball of the innings, from Grace Potts. Wyatt was quickly into her stride, striking three boundaries despite the wet outfield before rain returned at 24 for one after three.
The final chapter of a complex plot saw Vipers resume at 5.20pm needing another 46 from seven overs. Wyatt and Maia Boucher added a measured 62 from 47 balls and though Boucher fell lbw to Sarah Glenn in the penultimate over, Vipers needed just five from the last, from Hannah Baker.
A handsome straight four from 17-year-old Freya Kemp from the second ball relieved the pressure. Kemp was bowled by the next but Georgia Elwiss settled the match by lifting her first ball for a huge six.
Central Sparks head coach Lloyd Tennant said:
“We were on the wrong side of the Duckworth-Lewis today but it was the rain breaks that kept damaging us when we were batting. It was a good pitch but still you need to get in on it and every time it looked like we were going to build a partnership and get going there was another rain break and off we’d come again. That ate into our run-rate a bit and what we would have liked to posted.
“Once we got into the second innings and it started to rain again we knew we would be under the pump but it was a great effort from our bowlers to take it so close. Even in the last over we were still fighting with Bakes getting a wicket and that is a really good sign for us.”
Vipers batter Danni Wyatt said:
“Those on-off days are never fun but we are really chuffed to have come through and won in the end. Credit to our bowlers, I thought they bowled exceptionally well. After the first rain break we came out and really bowled to our potential and bowled straight and it paid off.
“In that last little session where we needed seven an over, we just said let’s play normal cricket shots for the first few overs and luckily a few boundaries came as well. In that situation, if you get a couple of dot balls, it can get a bit nervy but we held our nerve really well.”
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