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Rachael Heyhoe Flint Trophy 2023 – match 44 – Diamonds vs Vipers

Northern Diamonds vs Southern Vipers at Roseworth Terrace, Gosforth; at 10h30 on 5 September 2023 Before the match, ‘Diamonds’’ Head Coach Dani Hazell had optimism (via social media) to ‘make something happen’ to reach the up-coming Eliminator to enable ‘Diamonds’ to defend last year’s title. Star batter Hollie Armitage top-scored for ‘Diamonds’ with an undefeated run-a-ball 106 runs

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Rachael Heyhoe Flint Trophy 2023 – match 48 – Storm vs Diamonds

Western Storm vs Northern Diamonds Taunton, at The Cooper Associates County Ground (Somerset) on September 10 Before the match, Head Coach Dani Hazell had told reporters she had optimism to ‘make something happen’ for ‘Diamonds’ to reach the up-coming Eliminator match to defend last year’s title. Since then, ‘Diamonds’ lost three matches in-a-row, narrowing their title defence aspirations down

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Sun shines on the Stars

South East Stars v The Blaze Rachael Heyhoe Flint Trophy Beckenham Yet another day of great heat to welcome the two top sides in this year’s RHF Trophy. But England calls have played havoc with team choices. Stars proved to have far greater depth of talent, despite Blaze’s dominant position in the table. Bryony Smith

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Alice Davidson-Richards added to England ODI squad

Alice Davidson-Richards has been called into the England Women squad for the remainder of the Metro Bank One Day International series against Sri Lanka. The all-rounder replaces Lauren Bell who continues to recover from illness. Davidson-Richards will link up with the group from Monday. Thanks to the ECB


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Normal Service restored

England v Sri Lanka – First ODI Riverside, Chester-le-Street The PA announcement might have been: ’We apologise for any inconvenience’. England won by a street. Jon Lewis picked a team that many more fans might have agreed with than during the 1-2 reverse in the T20s. He opted more for pace than spin, which was

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Source: Julian Thompson

Rachael Heyhoe Flint Trophy – match 42 – Sparks vs Blaze

Central Sparks vs The Blaze – at Edgbaston Stadium at 10h30 on 5 September 2023 ‘The Blaze’ have extended their top-of-table lead, with 2nd & 3rd placed teams both losing on the same day. Earlier, 2nd-placed ‘Sparks’ looked favourites to beat ‘The Blaze.’ When batting, Katie George & Bethan Ellis scored ‘fifties,’ staging ‘Sparks” 5th-wicket partnership: that added

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Source: Julian Thompson

Rachael Heyhoe Flint Trophy – match 43 – Sunrisers vs Storm

Sunrisers vs Western Storm at Radlett Cricket Club at Cobden Hill (Herts); at 10h30 on 5 September 2023 Sunrisers made another ‘impressive performance,’ beating a depleted Storm side, without England players on call-up. Sunrisers chalked-up their third ever win at 50-overs under their ex-Scots coach; and their first win under England u19s skipper Grace Scrivens’s

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Heads won’t roll

England v Sri Lanka – third T20 The usual phrase, ‘Heads must roll’ is less than likely in the world of cricket that England inhabit. But their performance at Derby, where they were rolled over by no fewer than seven wickets (a 20-over game, remember), speaks volumes. Once more batters found the bowling too testing.

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Rachael Heyhoe Flint Trophy 2023 – match 41 – Stars vs Thunder

South East Stars vs North West Thunder at Guildford (Woodbridge Road); at 10h30 on 5 September 2023  ‘Thunder’ came beefed-up by Scots (Olivia Bell) and Irish (Laura Delaney) Internationals, but minus international superstar Deandre Dottin. Previously on 22 April (match 2), ’Stars’ equalled the highest competition score (334/5 vs 203/10.) This time the tables were turned

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Lauren Bell to miss remaining games against Sri Lanka

Lauren Bell will play no further part in England Women’s Vitality IT20 or Metro Bank ODI series against Sri Lanka. Bell continues to recover from the illness that ruled her out of the first two Vitality IT20 fixtures. We wish Lauren a speedy return to full health. With thanks to the ECB