Charlotte Edwards Cup: Lauren Winfield-Hill inspires Northern Diamonds to victory over Lightning | Cricket News

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The South East Stars begin their title defense with a victory over the Sunrisers; Southern Vipers and Central Sparks also win on opening day of T20 competition

Last update: 05/14/22 6:53 p.m.

Winfield-Hill crushed 96 balls in his 51-ball shot

Lauren Winfield-Hill produced a stunning 96 from just 51 balls to inspire the Northern Diamonds to victory over Lightning in their Charlotte Edwards Cup opener.

The 20-win competition – named after England’s most capped player – sees eight women’s regional teams compete in two groups of four, and it was Winfield-Hill who won the plaudits to steer her side to a 39 point win. .

The England fly-half smashed 12 fours and four sixes in a searing 51-ball run, only to succumb four points from a magnificent century.

The Diamonds looked set to post a mammoth total after running 145-1 in 15 overs, but Kirstie Gordon (1-26) helped stem the tide, with Kathryn Bryce (2-44) also in late then which the visitors were up 177-5 – helped by an unbeaten 40 from Hollie Armitage.

Marie Kelly (46 of 37) continued her fine form to provide early momentum in the Lightning’s innings, while England’s Tammy Beaumont (59 of 49) plundered eight fours to raise her half-century.

Beaumont was unable to inspire Lightning to victory despite his half-century of class

Beaumont was unable to inspire Lightning to victory despite his half-century of class

Nonetheless, Beaumont’s dismissal in 17th sparked a late Lightning capitulation as the hosts lost five wickets for ten runs, with Emma Marlow (2-12), Linsey Smith (2-18) and Beth Langston (2-22) ) trapping two wickets. a piece.

In the other Group B clash, Southern Vipers underlined their credentials with an emphatic eight-wicket win against Thunder in Hove.

Despite winning the toss, Thunder were held 102-7 by the Vipers’ star-studded attack, featuring debutant Anya Shrubsole, who announced her international retirement following the World Cup final defeat of England against Australia.

Shrubsole (1-18 from 3) claimed bragging rights to her own England bowling teammate Kate Cross, but it was another debutant who stole the show, with 17-year-old Freya Kemp (2-13 from 4 ) enjoying a dream start his Vipers career.

England spinner Charlie Dean (2-18 from 4) also impressed, while Emma Lamb (23) was best for Thunder, who couldn’t contain the frantic visitors.

Cross (1-23) offered early hope for the hosts by knocking out Ella McCaughan in the first set, but skipper Georgia Adams (34) and Maia Bouchier (48 not knocked out) guided the Vipers to victory in the 14th set.

In group A, The Stars of the Southeast began their title defense with a convincing six-wicket victory against Sunrise in Chelmford.

After being inserted by the defending champions, the Sunrisers got off to a good start to go 35-0, before top scorer Cordelia Griffith (26) was knocked out – one of three during the innings.

Mady Villiers (20) hit three bounds in an enterprising 13-ball run but the hosts struggled to build momentum, finishing at 122-6, with Bryony Smith, Emma Jones and Kalea Moore picking up a wicket apiece.

Aylish Cranstone (56 not out) anchored the Stars chase, registering seven fours and a six to drive the visitors home alongside Kira Chathli (26 not out), with 19 balls remaining.

In the other Group A matchup, Amy Jones and Abi Freeborn made half-centuries as Central sparks defeated western storm by 20 tracks at Sophia Gardens.

Sparks was struggling at 13-2 halfway through the third, but a formidable 91-point partnership between Jones (52 of 44) and Freeborn (52 of 48) changed the pendulum.

Jones steered Sparks to a hard-fought win over Western Storm in their opener

Jones steered Sparks to a hard-fought win over Western Storm in their opener

Danielle Gibson (2-37) represented Freeborn – having previously claimed the prized scalp of Eve Jones – only for Ami Campbell to propel the visitors 156-4 from 20 overs, with an unbeaten 30 on 17 balls.

Storm was firmly in contention at 91-1 in the 13th but captain Sophie Luff (43) and Georgia Hennessy (27) succumbed quickly and could not recover.

Issy Wong (2-28 from 4) took down Luff before dismissing the dangerous Gibson, and despite an unbeaten 22 from former England international Fran Wilson, Storm failed to pick up a matchday one win.

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