‘Thunder’ Peppered With 72 Dot Balls In ‘Diamonds’ Must Win Match

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30 Aug (Mon) ‘Thunder’ vs ‘Northern Diamonds’ at Chester on 30 August (Charlotte Edwards Cup – Regional T20 – Group B)

‘Diamonds’ peppered ‘Thunder,’ with 72 dot balls, knocking ‘Thunder’ out of the Group Stage. Previously the tables were turned when ‘Thunder’ won by 12 runs (on June 26th)

*‘Diamonds’ finish top of their group on net-run-rate after six ‘group stage’ matches. All things being equal ‘ceteris paribus,’ ‘Northern Diamonds’ should reach the semi-final.

*After 6 overs power-play, ‘Thunder’ were 33/2;

*Rachel Slater took the first 2 wickets, Georgie Boyce (12) was caught by Alex MacDonald and Eleanor Threlkeld (1) was caught by Sterre Kalis

*Although ‘Thunder’ made 54/3 by the half-way point, none of their players made it past 16 runs *At the 100- ball benchmark, ‘Thunder’s; score was below par, at 79/5

*Jenny Gunn took 4 wickets, snatching 3 tail-enders during her penultimate over; including a ‘caught-and-bowled’

*For ‘Diamonds,’ Keeper-turned-batter Bess Heath (58* runs from 40 balls) hit ten ‘fours’ including ‘Thunder’s’ skipper Kate Cross for 5 ‘fours’

*Posting half the winning score, Bess Heath scored the same total number of ‘fours’ as her opponents, all put together.

*Diamonds skipper Hollie Armitage faced a leisurely 4 ‘dot’ balls before she scored her first run, immediately followed by hitting the winning ‘six’ from Alex Hartley’s spin.

Result: ‘Northern Diamonds’ 92/2 (12.2ov) beat ‘Thunder’ 90/9 (20ov) by 8 wickets and with 46 balls remaining

‘Thunder’ 90/9 (20 overs 4.5 runs-per-over) Danielle Collins 16 runs (from 25 balls), Kate Cross 14(11), Laura Marshall 14(14), Daisy Mullan 14 (27); ‘Diamonds’ bowling: Jenny Gunn 4/15, Linsey Smith 2/12, Rachel Slater 2/22; Fow 1-20, 2-22, 3-47, 4-54, 5-68, 6-83, 7-83, 8-87, 9-89; ‘Northern Diamonds’ 92/2 (12.2/20 ov. 7.45 r-p-o) Leah Dobson 20(21), Bess Heath 58*(40); ‘Thunder’ bowling: Alice Dyson 1/9, Hannah Jones 1/12 Fow 1-46, 2-73

Scorecard at: https://www.espncricinfo.com/series/charlotte-edwards-cup-2021-1252410/thunder-vs-northern-diamonds-group-b-1252434/full-scorecard

Match highlights at https://www.northerndiamonds.co.uk/live-games