The season in advent - day one - Lauren Winfield-Hill's maiden Headingley hundred

Lauren Winfield-Hill scored her maiden century on her home ground at Headingley in the Northern Diamonds’ season opener in May, the England star later admitting she had “goosebumps” when recalling the moment.

May 29 at HQ was lit up by twin centuries for England pair Winfield-Hill and team-mate Amy Jones, who was playing for the Central Sparks.

It was also the first day a crowd was allowed back into Headingley for any first-team fixture since September 2019 following Coronavirus restrictions.

Unfortunately, it was Jones (114) and the Sparks who came out on top in a thriller.

After Jones reached three figures, the Midlanders recovered from 196-8 to chase 280 with help from fellow international Sarah Glenn, who crashed an unbeaten 71.

However, Winfield-Hill’s brilliant 110 at the top of the order was a moment she will never forget as she underpinned a total of 279 all out.

“It’s a bittersweet feeling,” admitted Winfield-Hill after the game. “It’s nice to get my first ton at Headingley, but it feels like we played 80 overs well and 20 overs poorly.”

At the Diamonds end of season awards dinner last month, the 31-year-old from York reflected on that day once more and admitted she still got goosebumps talking about it.


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