Match Report: Thunder vs Diamonds

Thunder v Northern Diamonds

Charlotte Edwards Cup, Group A

Wednesday May 18, 1.30pm

Sale Cricket Club

Toss: Thunder won the toss and batted first

Teams: Thunder - Lamb, Boyce, Threlkeld c&w, Collins, Pai, Jackson, Marshall, Graham, Turner, Jones, Hartley

Diamonds - Heath w, Winfield-Hill, Sciver, Armitage c, Glen, Kasperek, Turner, Smith, Langston, Levick, Marlow

Match summary: The Diamonds were ultimately on the wrong end of a remarkable fall of wickets as they lost their Charlotte Edwards Cup clash with arch-rivals Thunder at Sale Cricket Club on the outskirts of Manchester.

Both sides endured issues with the bat in this 56-run home win.

Thunder slipped from 136-1, losing six wickets in the last 13 legitimate balls of the innings to post 148-7. Katie Levick struck three times in three balls, though a wide prevented the leg-spinner from taking a hat-trick on the way to 4-22.

Unfortunately, the momentum gained wasn’t made use of in reply as they slipped to 33-6, including first three Lauren Winfield-Hill, Nat Sciver and Hollie Armitage falling with only eight on the board.

The Diamonds were bowled out for 92 in 20 overs to start Group A with a win against Lightning on Saturday added to defeat here.

Report: It was the Thunder who were able to survive their batting issues to claim the five points - a bonus point win - and recover from Saturday’s opening day defeat to Southern Vipers at Hove.

After a good start through openers Emma Lamb and Georgie Boyce, the Thunder’s loss of six wickets in the last 13 legitimate balls of the innings cost them dear. Katie Levick claimed four of them, including three in four balls, including a wide.

Lamb made 50 and Boyce 65, the pair sharing 95 inside the first 13 overs of the fixture and hit three sixes between them either straight or over mid-wicket.

The Diamonds used four spinners - Emma Marlow, Linsey Smith, Katie Levick and Leigh Kasperek - and they returned combined figures of 6-93 from 14 overs.

Levick removed Shachi Pai caught in the deep and Ellie Threlkeld and Laura Jackson both bowled at the end of the 18th and start of the 20th overs, a run separated by a wide.

She then removed Laura Marshall with the penultimate ball of the innings to finish with 4-22, added to two earlier Linsey Smith strikes.

Lauren Winfield-Hill suffered an injury whilst fielding on the boundary, but she opened the batting in reply and was bowled after only four balls for nought by Laura Jackson, starting a precession of wickets.

Nat Sciver had claimed a stunning catch running in from deep midwicket to help Abi Glen remove the dangerous Lamb, but she was unable to follow that success up with the bat as she was bowled for two pushing forwards at Jackson’s seamers.

And when Hollie Armitage slapped former team-mate Phoebe Graham to mid-on shortly afterwards, the Diamonds were 8-3 in the fourth over.

Bess Heath (19), Phoebe Turner (16) - a late replacement in the team for Beth Langston, injured in the warm-up - and Smith (16) all tried their best to turn things around.

But wickets continued to fall as the Diamonds were unable to back up Saturday’s opening day win against Lightning at Loughborough. Thunder left-arm spinner Hannah Jones finished with 3-23 from four overs.

Magic moment: Nat Sciver claimed a stunning catch, diving forward having run in from the mid-wicket fence, to help Abi Glen remove Emma Lamb, who was flying at the time but top-edged a pull the ball after reaching 50. That left the score at 95-1 in the 13th over.

Turning point: The Diamonds slipped to 8-3 in the fourth over of their chase, including the loss of big guns Lauren Winfield-Hill, Nat Sciver and captain Hollie Armitage.

Unfortunately, from there, it was a mountain too steep to climb.

Stat of the match: At the end of the Thunder innings and the start of the Diamonds chase, nine wickets fell for the addition of only 20 runs. Thunder slipped from 136-1 to finish on 148-7. The Diamonds then fell to 8-3 in the reply.

What they said: Coach Dani Hazell said: “Lamby and Boycey batted really well, but we just didn’t learn enough from their innings. They hit the ball straight and played simple cricket shots.

“We were happy with 140 ish because it was a really good pitch. But we didn’t bat well enough. If you play across the line too much, that’s the outcome you’re going to get.

“Our spinners bowled really well, and there are positives - the youngsters getting an opportunity. The more experience they get in this environment the better.

“Onto Saturday now and we’ll look to bounce back.

“You might not the outcome you want, but there is a bigger picture.

“For girls like Emma Marlow, Phoebe Turner and Abi Glen to come in and show what they have done, proving that what they’ve been doing in training can be transferred out onto to field, it’s as exciting as anything.”

Meanwhile, Hazell confirmed that Beth Langston suffered a foot injury in the warm-ups before today’s game and was unable to take part in the game. Lauren Winfield-Hill also suffered a suspected thigh injury whilst fielding.

What’s next: The Diamonds head to their second home, Durham’s Riverside, on Saturday to face old foes Southern Vipers in the third game of Group A (2.30pm).

It is hoped Katherine Brunt will be ready to return to regional action after a busy winter of action with England.


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