The season in advent - day eleven - Defeat provides glimpse into fast bowling future

Ultimately this was a defeat which put the Diamonds hopes of reaching Finals Day back into the melting pot, but their Charlotte Edwards Cup clash with Western Storm at Durham provided us with an exciting glimpse into the fast bowling future.

Nineteen-year-old left-arm seamer Rachel Slater was one of two debutants alongside fellow quick Ella Telford, and she could not have asked for a better start to life at senior regional level.

Slater claimed two wickets in her opening two overs with the new ball as the hosts scrambled hard to defend their below par 110-9.

She bowled Fi Morris with her second ball as the batter attempted to pull before also bowling Danielle Gibson as the score fell to 14-3 in the fourth over.

Slater, who captained Yorkshire at age-group level and even made her Hundred debut for the Northern Superchargers prior to her senior regional debut, finished with excellent figures of 2-16 from three overs.

Having been handed her cap by close friend Bess Heath, Slater went on to be an ever present for the rest of the season and has since been handed a full-time contract.

Telford, a tall bowler with an extra yard of pace, did not get her opportunity to bowl on this occasion. But her time will surely come in 2022.

Unfortunately, though, the Diamonds were beaten.

Only Alex MacDonald, with 22, reached 20 after the Diamonds were inserted. Spinners Morris and Nicole Harvey claimed two wickets apiece.

In reply, despite two wickets for Slater and Linsey Smith, Storm claimed the points courtesy of captain Sophie Luff’s excellent unbeaten 60 off 54 balls.

A four-wicket win was secured with three balls remaining, with the visitors needing four off Jenny Gunn in the last over.

It meant the Storm replaced the Diamonds at the head of Group Two with only one round remaining, leaving Hollie Armitage’s side needing to win their final game against Thunder in order to qualify for Finals Day.


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