Source: Julian Thompson

Last Group Round of the RHF Trophy

Memorabilia Some more excellent cricket, spoiled only by rain at Chester-le-Street, which reduced the game to an 18-over slog. Results come lower down. It didn’t prevent Sunrisers from completing their third successive victory, to total five. For me, theirs is the team achievment of the tournament. But the plaudits go to SE Stars and Blaze,

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Source: Dave Vokes

RHF Trophy – A Glance around

Four games took place around the country. They leave one round still to play. The Blaze v Sunrisers (Loughborough) Sunrisers continued their vigorous form by compiling a mammoth 295-5 against the table- toppers. They were given the perfect start by new skipper, Grace Scrivens, and new girl, Ariana Dowse (ex- Vipers), with a stand of

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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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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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The Rachael Heyhoe-Flint Trophy 2023 – Top of the Charts

As a brief addition to Julian Thompson’s ongoing run-down of Rachael Heyhoe-Flint Trophy matches this summer, [http://4theloveofsport.co.uk/2023/07/25/rachael-heyhoe-flint-trophy-2023-group-stage-matches/], here are the current best two in four categories of batting and bowling: Most runs: Lauren Winfield-Hill 461 Paige Scholfield 331 Highest batting average: Tazmin Brits 107 Sophia Dunkley 103 Most wickets: Georgia Davis 19 Katie Levick 18

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‘Come again some other day’

South-East Stars v Western Storm RFH Trophy, Beckenham, 22 July For anyone unfamiliar with the cream of English poetry, the preceding line runs: ‘Rain, rain, go away’. At Beckenham it stayed away for two balls of the Storm innings, then the players scurried for shelter. It was a relief to see them reappear, allowing the

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Source: Julian Thompson

Rachael Heyhoe Flint Trophy – match 32 – Diamonds vs Sparks

Northern Diamonds vs Central Sparks at Leeds, Headingley Stadium on 15 July 2023 (12h40) Commentators lauded Sparks’ Katie George (pictured) who made a ‘tremendous knock’ with her match-winning ‘fifty, scoring 56 from just 35 balls. As stand-out performer, Katie George also took two wickets (2/46) out of Diamonds’ four, during a rain-affected match. Commentators were Jonathan Doidge (for BBC

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Brits blasts bowlers

South-East Stars v Sunrisers RHF Trophy Beckenham 11 July 2023 Result: SES 290-9 (50 0vers) Sunrisers 262-7 (48 overs) SES won by 19 runs (DLS method) The BBC predicted a lot of rain, so we saw 552 runs scored. Thank you, Auntie. Though both sides reached big totals, they were largely due to the efforts

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Source: Julian Thompson

Rachael Heyhoe Flint Trophy – match 25 – Blaze  vs Diamonds

The Blaze vs Northern Diamonds at Queen’s Park, Chesterfield (Derbys) on 7 July 2023 (10h30) Unbeaten Blaze made light-work of chasing down winning target set by defending champions Diamonds, scoring nearly twice-as-fast as their opponents (7.6 runs-per-over vs 4r-p-o.) England’s Tammy Beaumont 83*not out (62) made top-score: that included 2 ‘sixes;’ partnered by Scotland’s Sarah Bryce 53*not out

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Rachael Heyhoe Flint Trophy – match 26 – Stars vs Sparks

South East Stars vs Central Sparks at Guildford (Woodbridge Road) on 7 July 2023 (10h30)     Closely contested match, most memorable for Sparks fielding two ’George 99’ shirts – see photo. Both players (Issy Wong and Katie George) put in match-winning performances both with bat-and-ball. Combined with other players, their batting partnerships added 150 runs and both hit ‘sixes.’ When combining the

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