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Sophie Luff Storms To Career-Best 157 not out

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‘Western Storm Women’ vs ‘Sunrisers’ at Bristol on 18 September (Rachael Heyhoe Flint Trophy – round 7)

Making top score of the day, ‘Storm’ skipper Sophie Luff (157* runs from 142 balls) staged four decisive partnerships.

*Firstly, with opener Fi Morris, Luff saw ‘Storm’ through the power-play (47/1); following which Morris was caught by Sonali Patel from Mady Villiers (2/39.)

*Luff’s 2nd partnership with Georgia Hennessy guided ‘Storm past the 100 ball benchmark (74/2.)

*By mid-way, ‘Storm’ were 109/2. Luff’s ‘fifty’ followed during the 27th over, followed by Hennessy’s (25) departure ‘leg before.’

*Luff’s 3rd partnership with Alex Griffiths (55) chalked-up another double-quick ‘fifty,’ reaching her ‘ton’ from another 35 balls. 3 overs later, Griffiths was caught by Fran Wilson, handing Mady Villiers her 2nd wicket. Luff’s 4th partnership with England academy hopeful Danielle Gibson was a race to the finish as 37 runs came from Kate Coppack and Grace Scrivens’ final overs. Than included Sophie Luff’s 150 (from 139): the skipper closing undefeated on 157.

*Also 2 ‘sixes’ struck by Danielle Gibson, made good use of ‘Storm’s’ final 2 overs.

*Without a solitary win, reluctant spoonists ‘Sunrisers’ staged another fight-back against their opponent’s mammoth 300 score. ‘Sunrisers’ were ahead at the ‘power-play’ (75/0 vs 47/1); ‘Storm’s’ opening bowlers, having gifted 5 ‘wides’ and a ‘no ball.’

*Opener Cordelia Griffith (49) was caught-and-bowled by Georgia Hennessy, one short of her ‘fifty.’ ‘Sunrisers’ remained ahead on 102/1 (vs 74/2) after 100 balls (16.4ov.)

*Grace Scrivens (46) also fell short of ‘fifty.’ By mid-way ‘Sunrisers’ were comfortably ahead by 50 runs: 160/2 (vs 109/2.)

*Two stumpings by Natasha Wraith dismissed Alice Macleod (32) from Claire Nicholas and Naomi Dattani (18) from Danielle Gibson.

*When Fran Wilson (34) was clean bowled by Nicole Harvey ’Sunrisers’ needed just over 100 runs at more than 6 runs-per-over.

*Current run-rate slowed down (pushing-up the required run-rate) as Wraith claimed a 3rd stumping, dismissing her opposite number (as keeper) Amara Carr.

*’Sunrisers” Last 4 wickets ’Sunrisers’ ended cameos by Kelly Castle (20) and Mady Villiers (37.) *2-out-of-4 wickets were lost to run-outs: the 2nd of which ran-out Kate Coppack, final match ball; at the hands of Sophie Luff.

Result: ‘Western Storm -Women’ 313/4 beat ‘Sunrisers -W’ 277/10 by 36 runs

‘Storm -W’ 313/4 (50 ov, 6.26 runs-per-over); Sophie Luff 157* runs (from 142 balls), Alex Griffiths 55(60), Fi Morris 30 (36), Georgia Hennessy 25(49), Danielle Gibson 23*(10); ‘Sunrisers’ bowling: Maddy Villiers 2/39, Kelly Castle 1/37, Kate Coppack 1/57; Fow: 1-18, 2-51, 3-120, 4-239;

‘Sunrisers W’ 277/10 (44.3/50 ov., 6.22 runs-per-over) Cordelia Griffith 49 runs (from 42 balls), Grace Scrivens 46(60), Mady Villiers 37(34), Fran Wilson 34(33), Alice Macleod 32(40), Kelly Castle 20(23); Naomi Dattani 18(23); ‘Storm’ bowling: Georgia Hennessy 2/45, Nicole Harvey 2/46, Danielle Gibson 2/56, Claire Nicholas 2/60; Fow: 1-90, 2-130, 3-160, 4-202, 5-203, 6-225, 7-265, 8-264, 9-276, 10-277.

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