The season in advent - day ten - Diamonds move one step closer to Finals Day

The Diamonds returned to regional action following the conclusion of the Hundred, and it was another thriller just like the game against Western Storm at Taunton six weeks earlier.

In the late August sunshine at the impressive South Northumberland Cricket Club, on the outskirts of Newcastle, Sunrisers were the visitors for a Charlotte Edwards Cup T20 fixture.

And, despite two early-season heavy losses against Hollie Armitage’s side, they gave their hosts one heck of a scare.

Beth Langston and Linsey Smith starred with the bat to drag the Diamonds out of the mire at 32-5 to a 120-6 total they were able to defend to move three points clear at the top of Group Two with two games remaining in the race for Finals Day.

Langston led the way with 46 not out off 38 balls and two wickets, while Smith’s 30 off 25 provided expert support as the pair shared 78 for the sixth wicket in 9.1 overs.

The game had started with Sunrisers seamer Kate Coppack returning a superb 2-10 from her four overs bowled on the reel with the new ball. And, in the end, she didn’t deserve to be on the losing side.

But, from a biased point of view, thankfully she was.

Langston struck twice in two balls in her first over - the second of the Sunrisers innings - when she had Naomi Dattani caught and fellow opener Cordelia Griffith lbw as the score fell to 10-2.

From there, the struggling Sunrisers rarely looked like getting home even though they were now facing an attack minus Langston following a quad injury suffered during her second over.

Jo Gardner, a Hundred winner with Oval Invincibles just a few days earlier, made 31 from number four. But she received no support.

Alex MacDonald and Hollie Armitage were then both excellent with two wickets apiece, while Katie Levick chipped in with one as the Sunrisers finished on 101-7.

The 19-run success meant the Diamonds were on course to seal top spot in the group and a place at Finals Day with it.


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