The season in advent - day fifteen- Levick and co despatch Thunder again

The Diamonds secured a second 50-over win inside three days at Durham, with arch-rivals Thunder despatched to ensure at least a place in the Rachael Heyhoe Flint Trophy semi-final eliminator. And Katie Levick was one of the star performers with four wickets.

Thunder had been hammered twice in a fortnight by Levick and co after the Lancashire-based side were beaten at Chester in the Charlotte Edwards Cup.

Here, Levick, with 4-34 from 10 overs, followed a trio of half-centuries to underpin a commanding 294-6 having been inserted by Alex Hartley.

The hosts’ innings was disrupted, though not shortened, by Riverside rain.

Bess Heath top-scored with a brisk 78 off 65 balls, her fifth score of 50 or more in List A cricket, while Sterre Kalis (57) and Beth Langston both reached the same milestone.

Langston’s 58 not out came off just 30 balls and included seven boundaries to push the total from a good one to something completely beyond Thunder’s reach.

Ami Campbell’s 48, including the only two sixes of the innings, should not be forgotten.

Thunder’s chances of success were undermined by a broken thumb suffered by England batting all-rounder Emma Lamb, a player who had already shone against the Diamonds during the summer. She was struck in her follow through whilst bowling.

In reply, there was never any chance of a Thunder victory even though opener Georgie Boyce made an early 67.

They were unable to gain any momentum and lost wickets at regular intervals.

When Boyce holed out off the leg-spin of Hollie Armitage, the visitors were 109-4 early in the 33rd over and still 186 runs short.

Superb Levick’s first wicket was that of Ellie Threlkeld, trapped lbw (74-2). From there, she bowled Laura Jackson, had Alice Dyson caught and also trapped Laura Marshall lbw.

The latter was the only Thunder batter to show any signs of aggression during a 40-ball 42, with the Diamonds winning for the fifth time in six matches to maintain top spot on net run-rate ahead of Southern Vipers.

They would play the Vipers in their final group game at the Ageas Bowl a week later, with victory securing a place in the final. Defeat would mean a semi-final berth.


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