Northern Diamonds v Southern Vipers
Charlotte Edwards Cup, Group B
Saturday, May 21, 2.30pm
Emirates Riverside, Durham
Toss: Vipers won the toss and chose to bat
Teams: Vipers - Adams (C), Wyatt, Bouchier, Elwiss, Scholfield, Kemp, Harman, Norris, Shrubsole, Rudd (wk), Bell
Diamonds - Armitage (C), Heath (wk), Kalis, Sciver, Slater, Glen, Brunt, Marlow, Smith, Kasperek, Levick
Match summary: Northern Diamonds fell 12 runs short of their victory target in the Charlotte Edwards Cup against Southern Vipers at Emirates Riverside in Durham.
The Diamonds appeared to be on top at the halfway stage of the match after Katie Levick's stunning 5-15 put the brakes on Vipers, who had made a rapid start to their innings.
England batter Danni Wyatt kept Vipers on track with 48, but the visitors would have been disappointed to have been bowled out for 126.
In reply, Bess Heath got the innings off to a flyer with four boundaries from the first four balls before making 51.
But she was a lone hand in an innings in which it proved very tough for batters to get started as Vipers strangled the hosts.
Diamonds needed 30 from the final three overs, but a flurry of wickets resulted in an 11-run defeat.
Report: Wyatt and Georgia Adams got Vipers off to a flying start and the visitors, who are three wins from three in the competition, were 37-0 after four overs.
But Levick came into the attack and removed Adams for 24 which helped apply the brakes for the Diamonds.
Wyatt batted with great control and experience as wickets were falling all around her.
Vipers lost 3-7 in just 17 balls as Maia Bouchier, Georgia Elwiss and Paige Scholfield all departed.
That left them 77-4. Wyatt pushed on but was keen to accelerate the scoring and she paid the price on 48 when she picked out Nat Sciver in the deep off Abi Glen.
Wyatt's departure triggered a second flurry of wickets, with Vipers losing their last six in quick-fire fashion.
Emma Marlow claimed two in an over before Levick returned to seal a superb five-wicket haul by removing Anya Shrubsole and Tara Norris.
Carla Rudd's run out ended the Vipers' innings three balls early.
Heath was the star of the Diamonds' chase but she was sadly offered little support.
Sterre Kalis looked in good touch before she was run out for 18, before Sciver went quickly for four.
Vipers kept the run rate under control and the pressure for quick runs built.
Heath reached fifty in 42 balls but departed two deliveries later before Glen, Hollie Armitage and Leigh Kasperek all fell in pursuit of quick runs.
An unlikely 21 runs was needed off the last over and Linsey Smith was bowled by the final ball of the match as Vipers sealed the win.
Magic Moment: Wyatt was the key wicket for Diamonds to take but that pressure did not get to Sciver, who held on to an excellent low catch in the deep to send her England colleague on her way for 48.
Turning point: Bess Heath appeared to be leading the Diamonds to a successful chase before her departure shortly after reaching her half-century swung the contest towards the Vipers.
Stat of the match: Vipers' innings ended in a flurry as they lost their last six wickets in 27 balls for just 24 runs.
What they said: Katie Levick, who took 5-15, said: “A proud moment for me, it's my first five-wicket haul for the Diamonds and they don't come around often in T20 cricket.
“I am pleased with how they came out and how we did in the first half but ultimately it's the loss that you remember.
“We saw the pitch and thought bat first as it was going to get harder. They stuck to their lines and the game got away from us kind of without us noticing really. Suddenly it's a tough ask for batters to come in and get going out there on that pitch.
“It just turned enough. You don't want it to do too much but it was nice. One of those pitches where if you stuck to your lines you would be alright.
“We have done a lot of good things in games but in the last two we haven't done as much as we did at Loughborough. Ultimately we are losing the games ourselves rather than being beaten by other teams. As long as we nail it for the next one we should be ok.
“Something we have always prided ourselves on is having that good strong bowling unit that can strangle a lot of games. This year we have strengthened that, it must be great for Hol (Armitage) that she can turn to a lot of people.
“Next week is against the old enemy Thunder, the double-headers are always fun. You normally get a bigger crowd and we get to play at Headingley for the first time this year so that's always great. After two losses we will be very much up for it.
“It’s then a second home game here in Durham, we all love the trip up and it's a lovely ground to play at. Hopefully we can get a better result next time we are here.”
What's next: Diamonds are back in action next Sunday (May 29, 11am) when they take on Thunder at Headingley as part of a double-header as Yorkshire face Leicestershire in the Vitality Blast.