Let’s start by calling this tournament a raging success, then see if we can pick any holes in it. Aim The first target was to get some meaningful cricket in before it was too late in the year. Method The ECB had already decided on the eight hubs that would be the future building blocks
The glorious experiment of the RHF Trophy came to a worthy end at the halfway-house venue of Edgbaston. This test arena was a fitting background. As most experts expected, Vipers completed an unbeaten sequence of games against their battling opponents. Lauren Winfield-Hill, released from the Derby bubble, resumed the captaincy of the Northerners and opted
Thunder’s score stifled by Diamonds’ sharp bowling Losing three quick wickets, Thunder staged a recovery when Georgie Boyce (29) and Natalie Brown struck a combined total of 11 ‘fours’ – Natalie Brown top-scored with 32 runs off 41 balls. Facing a barrage of unplayable ‘dot’ balls, Thunder’s final seven wickets fell for only 52 runs.
For the last round of the group games there were some tasty line-ups, a modified version of a Roses match, Far East v Far West, East Midlands v West Midlands and a Southern derby. Central Sparks still had an outside chance of beating Northern Diamonds to a place in the final against Southern Vipers. England
Rachael Heyhoe Flint Trophy Round 5 Vipers established outstanding new records against Storm at the Ageas, as Georgia Adams hit an unbeaten 154 in a total of 288-1. Ella McCaughan (63) and Maia Bouchier (50*) shared two huge stands of 155 and 133, accompanying her all the way. That total, just one short of Stars’
In the most thrilling clash of the day Lightning finally achieved a win, by six runs over Central Sparks. In the process Sarah Bryce chalked up her fourth half century in four attempts (75), a remarkable achievement. Like many of her fellows, she fell to an unwise cross-batted shot, of a type she had shunned
With the England players all syphoned off to prepare for the West Indies visit, the RHF Trophy games took on a new perspective. This was where the lesser lights could really make their mark. First the Results: Southern Vipers 209-8 beat South East Stars 98 by 111 runs Northern Diamonds 229-8 beat Lightning 226 by
The Rachael Heyhoe Flint Trophy final will be shown live on Sky Sports on Sunday September 27. The final will be hosted at Edgbaston. The special-edition tournament will see the eight regional teams in the new women’s domestic structure split into two groups, with the two respective group-winners progressing to the final. The 24 England