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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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Rachael Heyhoe Flint Trophy – match 22 – Sparks v Thunder

Central Sparks vs North West Thunder at Worcester (New Road) on 2 July 2023 (10h30) Sparks’ pairing Ami Campbell (pictured) and Abbey Freeborn mustered 139 runs for Sparks’ 4th wicket, during a match-winning century third-wicket stand. Ami Campbell top-scored with 68 (from 78 balls) and Abbey Freeborn scored 67. Previously in May (at Old Trafford) both teams had tied. With both teams

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Rachael Heyhoe Flint Trophy 2023 – match 21 – Storm vs Blaze

Western Storm vs The Blaze at  Bristol (The Seat Unique stadium) on 2 July 2023 (10h30) With both sides depleted by England Ashes call-up, acting skipper Marie Kelly stepped-up by scoring ‘fifty;’ staged a ‘run-out;’ and clean-bowled Storm skipper Luff’. Marie Kelly also took a vital ‘death over’ catch. Tight field-settings took the match down to wire, Blaze winning by 6

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England Cricket at full stretch

The composition of the eight regional franchises on 2 July 2023 was particularly interesting. The England squad had just completed an exhausting and unsuccessful test match at Trent Bridge. On that same 2 July the England A squad (of 12) was battling equally unsuccessfully against the Aussies in an ODI. Who was left over to

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Rachael Heyhoe Flint Trophy 2023 – match 24 – Stars vs Diamonds

South East Stars  vs Northern Diamonds – at Beckenham (The County Ground, Kent) on 2 July 2023 (10h30) Defending champions Diamonds leap-frogged Stars into second place, beating Stars home-and-away in both fifth and sixth rounds. With both sides depleted by England ‘call-up,’ acting skipper Lauren Winfield-Hill (pictured) had told reporters that she was making a ‘conscious

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Rachael Heyhoe Flint Trophy – matches 9 & 17

The Blaze 209/9 (50 overs) vs Western Storm 23/0 (5 overs) on May 10 at Uptonsteel County Ground, Leicester; match 17 – No result: at URL https://live.nvplay.com/ecb/#mea0fc4de-bd3c-4819-87ea-45f8b98edb03_~scorecard The Blaze vs North West Thunder on May 1 at Mansfield, Notts (The John Fretwell Sporting Complex, Sookholme); match 9 – Match abandoned at URL https://live.nvplay.com/ecb/#m858cf974-d034-4425-857d-0544c3f2eafb_~scorecard Latest England and Wales Cricket Board tables at

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Rachael Heyhoe Flint Trophy 2023 – match 19

Southern Vipers vs Central Sparks on May 10 – at Brighton & Hove (Hove, The 1st Central County Ground) Australian debutante Nicole Faltum (pictured) made a promising start for Vipers,’ scoring 21 – an identical score to fellow Australian Erin Burns (Sparks & Sydney Sixers.) Sparks skipper Eve Jones 73 made top-score, partnered by England’s Amy Jones 40. Together the legendary Joneses batting partnership added 85

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Rachael Heyhoe Flint Trophy 2023 – match 18

Northern Diamonds vs South East Stars on May 10 – at Scarborough (Marine Road North Ground) After five rounds, commentators said that Diamonds were back-on-track to defend their title, taking third-place (just one point behind second-placed Stars.) Diamonds bowler Jess Woolston took a 5-fer, that reduced Stars’ batters to 55/5. Dutch international Sterre Kalis (pictured) took two catches and built two key

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Northern Diamonds W vs The Blaze W – match 15

Northern Diamonds vs The Blaze on 6 May 2023 – Chester-le-Street, Durham (SEAT Unique Riverside) – Rachael Heyhoe Flint Trophy. When top-of-table Blaze played defending champions Diamonds, the match lasted less than 19 overs-per-side. Blaze suffered an immediate set-back, when South African Inbternational Nadine deKlerk’s first ball struck a helmet (law 28.3); gifting 5 extras. Nadine deKlerk (7/33) went

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Rachael Heyhoe Flint Trophy 2023 – match 14

North West Thunder vs Central Sparks on May  6 – match RHF14 – at Manchester (Emirates Old Trafford) Thunder’s England duo Sophie Ecclestone and Emma Lamb made ‘fifties.’ Sparks debutante Erin Burns (Australia) took a ‘4-fer’ with her off-spin and added what turned out to be 37 valuable runs with her bat. Sparks Eve Jones (pictured)

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