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Rachael Heyhoe Flint Trophy 2023 – match 53 – Sparks vs Stars

Central Sparks vs South East Stars at Edgbaston Stadium Birmingham, on September 16 Beefed-up by England returners Alice Davidson-Richards (for ‘Stars’) and Issy Wong (for ’Sparks), commentators introduced the match as a ‘virtual quarter-final’ or ’shootout’ for third place, to decide who plays in the Play-off/Eliminator. Losing team plays their final match of the competition with

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Rachael Heyhoe Flint Trophy 2023 – match 47 – Sunrisers vs Sparks

Sunrisers vs Central Sparks at Chelmsford, at The Cloud County Ground (Essex) on September 10 ‘Sunrisers’ ‘made another ‘impressive performance’ with back-to-back wins under England u19s skipper Grace Scrivens’s captaincy. Three ‘Sunrisers’ batters scored fifty, that included skipper Grace Scrivens who scored her third ‘fifty’ (at 50 overs.) Mady Villers who played a match-winning ‘fifty,’ in just 40 balls. The

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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 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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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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Charlotte Edwards Cup – match 26 – Stars vs Sparks

South East Stars vs Central Sparks on 7 June 2023 (14h00) at Canterbury (St Lawrence, Spitfire Ground).  With neither team qualifiying beyond this year’s group stage, both teams had what commentators described as a ‘great opportunity’ to showcase their cricket, despite both teams missing players called-up by ‘England A.’ During the final over, the ‘dead rubber’ became an

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Charlotte Edwards Cup – match 22 – Storm vs Sparks

Western Storm  vs Central Sparks on June 4 (10h30): at Bristol (The Seat Unique Stadium) Storm convincingly beating Sparks, but will miss-out on finals-day, unless all top-three qualifying teams lose their next match. Vice-captain Danielle Gibson (pictured) bowled a 4-fer, taking two crucial pairs of wickets (4/23). The England candidate also scored a quick-fire 18 runs (from 14 balls) with her bat. Previously, Danielle Gibson told reporters that

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Charlotte Edwards Cup –  match 20 – Sparks vs Vipers

**Central Sparks vs Southern Vipers on 3 June 2023 (11h30) at Birmingham (Edgbaston Stadium) England’s Amy Jones not only hit-top score for Sparks, but also took two stumpings that decided the outcome of a closely-contested match. Vipers suffered middle-order collapse when 4 players departed for single-figures. Sparks bowler Bethan Ellis took a 4-fer (4/29.) Skipper Georgia

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