Existing readers will have read that preparations are underway to replace the women’s KIA Super League by the ‘The Hundred’ – a fast-and-furious cricket tournament. For four years, the game has been played as twenty overs per innings ‘20-20’. What will happen when more teams join the league and crucially, the number of balls bowled
Loughborough Lightning v Southern Vipers (1st Central County Ground Hove, 1 September) The scene was set. As for last year’s finals, there was razzamatazz, in the form of crowd-pleasing pyrotechnics and an opera singer.Both captains Tammy Beaumont (Vipers) and Georgia Elwiss (Lightning) gave interviews, live on SKY TV. Lauren Bell replaced Issy Wong for Vipers.
Southern Vipers v Loughborough Lightning (Aegis Bowl Southampton, 28 August) – Broadcast live by SKY Sports, commentators billed the match as a dress-rehearsal for Sunday’s semi-final (winner meets Storm.) Georgia Adams (Lightning) was beefed-up for the commentators by her proud father (former England player Chris Adams). Without Lauren Bell (rested), Vipers bowling attack lacked quality. Isabelle
Vipers v Diamonds (at the Ageas Bowl, Southampton, 21 August) – Southern Vipers 127 for 9 (Wyatt 59, Scholfield 24; Kasperek 4-16) beat Yorkshire Diamonds 124 for 5 (Armitage 34, Rodrigues 32, Winfield 23; Bates 2-27) by three runs. Transmitted on live TV from the SKY POD for outside broadcasts, commentators were pre-occupied about whether the England
Yorkshire Diamonds beat Surrey Stars by five wickets (Guildford, Surrey 20 August) Yorkshire Diamonds 124 for 5 (Rodrigues 42*, Healy 38, Armitage 24) beat Surrey Stars 121 for 6 (Kapp 39*, vanNiekerk 32, Lee 28) by five wickets Put in to bat, Stars had lost two early wickets to Katie Levick’s leg spin. Bryony Smith