Armitage credits excellent all-round performance

Northern Diamonds skipper Hollie Armitage credited an excellent all-round team performance as her team won their third consecutive match in this season's Rachael Heyhoe Flint Trophy with a five-wicket victory over Central Sparks at New Road, Worcester.

Armitage's bowlers kept things tight with some excellent back up from her fielders to restrict the hosts to a total of 215-5 before Lauren Winfield-Hill, with a half-century, and Armitage herself with an unbeaten 60 completed the victory with over 10 overs to spare.

"I'm really chuffed," she said. "It was a clinical performance from the girls.

"I think today proved the shift we've made in our fielding - it was tough today in the heat and it is a big boundary here. People were doing the hard yards to chase the ball down and I think it really restricted them to their total of 215."

Armitage was pleased with her own batting performance which saw her share a partnership of 108 runs for the third wicket with Sterre Kalis.

She said: "To be honest when I went out there I nudged and nurdled a little bit and I found it quite tough but then we started to speak to each other, look to be positive and pick up some singles.

"We ended up building a good partnership after the openers had set the tone at the top of the order."

And the skipper sees no reason why Diamonds can not build on their unbeaten start to the competition and go all the way this season.

Armitage added: "Everyone has chipped in today and we're happy to finish with a win - we are really serious about trying to win this competition and our goal is to go to the final with all wins on the board and with some great momentum.

"But we have to take each game as it comes and keep improving and working on things that we need to."