Rachael Heyhoe Flint Trophy: Anya Shrubsole leads Western Storm to thrilling victory in the last ball and a wicket | Cricket News

England star Shrubsole saves Western Storm from Thunder as his team wins by wicket on the last ball; Sarah Glenn produces similar innings for Central Sparks as they stun Northern Diamonds; four players reached hundreds at the start of the Rachael Heyhoe Flint Trophy season

Last updated: 05/29/21 19:12

Anya Shrubsole’s undefeated 61 saw Western Storm claim a stunning victory over Thunder in the Rachael Heyhoe Flint Trophy

Anya Shrubsole scored a brilliant 61 points as Western Storm picked up a final ball and a wicket victory over North West Thunder in a thrilling first game of the Rachael Heyhoe Flint Trophy.

Storm looked out of the game when they were reduced to 203-7 in the 39th to chase 292 for the win – England captain Heather Knight having finished fifth for 91 – only for Shrubsole to crush six fours and three sixes in a 41-ball extraordinary rounds in Bristol.

The England star hit the winning border of international teammate Sophie Ecclestone on the last ball with the scoring level, having already scored 3-29 in Thunder’s 291-8.

Shrubsole’s heroism secured Emma Lamb’s 121 for Thunder – the day’s highest individual score of all four games – came to no avail.

The century of Emma Lamb has come in vain for Thunder

The century of Emma Lamb has come in vain for Thunder

Central sparks’ Sarah Glenn produced a late show at the Shrubsole with her 71 steps on 52 balls that took her to a stunning comeback victory over last year’s beaten finalists Northern diamonds to Emerald Headingley.

Sparks went from 109-2 to 196-8 chasing 280 to win, but Glenn then dominated an 87-point stand for the ninth wicket with Emily Arlott (24v18) as Sparks won by two wickets with 10 balls out. resell in a match in which Diamonds ‘Lauren Winfield-Hill (110) and Sparks’ Amy Jones (114) hit tons.

Sophia Dunkley was the fourth centurion of the day, cracking 104 steps out of 93 balls to Southeast stars as they racked up the highest score in tournament history – 324-7 – in a landslide 135-point victory over Sunrise in Chelmsford.

The Sunrisers have now lost their seven games in the Rachael Heyhoe Flint Trophy which dates back to last season.

Sophia Dunkley scored a century ahead of England head coach Lisa Keightley

Sophia Dunkley scored a century ahead of England head coach Lisa Keightley

Reigning champions Southern Vipers, however, are now eight out of eight in the competition after scoring seven straight wins in 2020 with a four-wicket victory over Lightning at the Ageas Bowl to launch the new campaign.

The Rachael Heyhoe Flint Trophy continues on Bank Holiday Monday with Sparks vs. Storm, Lightning vs. Diamonds, Stars vs. Vipers, and Thunder hosting Sunrisers.

The storm beat the thunder of a wicket

Thunder centurion Lamb shared a stand of 77 at the third wicket with Piepa Cleary (79) as his team helped Storm 292 win.

Knight – who had previously exhausted Lamb with a direct hit – looked on track for a hundred of her own until she was clearly behind with 97 points needed from 13 overs.

Shrubsole took three wickets in the Thunder's innings

Shrubsole took three wickets in the Thunder’s innings

Storm was 195-5 at this point and it got even worse ahead of Shrubsole’s superb intervention, which included four consecutive limits from Hannah Jones.

Ecclestone took two wickets in three balls in the 46th to reduce Storm to 252-9, but Shrubsole then led a 43-point stand with Lauren Filer for the final wicket.

Shrubsole hit Cleary to two sixes in a 49th by 16 points, then scored Ecclestone’s final with four as Storm claimed a breathtaking victory.

Sparks beat diamonds by two wickets

Glenn’s bruising in his late 50s brought Sparks over the line, but the game’s strongest punches have been centuries for Winfield-Hill and Jones.

Winfield-Hill hit 11 fours and three sixes – with a maximum bringing it to three digits – in a Diamonds inning in which Sparks seamer Issy Wong claimed 5-49.

Jones scored 13 fours and three sixes in her stroke, coming in at No.4 in the third round of the pursuit after Sparks lost openers Evelyn Jones and Gwen Davies to nothing.

Jones went 103 with Marie Kelly 6-2, but both fell amid the Sparks collapse, in which Linsey Smith took three wickets, before Glenn saved his team.

The stars beat the Sunrisers by 135 points

Dunkley’s century has come before England head coach Lisa Keightley and may have bolstered her hopes of adding to her international appearances this summer, with the 22-year-old having played 15 T20Is so far.

Dunkley’s third list 100 included 12 ovens, while there were half centuries for Star openers Bryony Smith (59) and Alice Davidson-Richards (53), who put 107 for the first wicket.

The Sunrisers were sacked for 189 in 39.2 overs in response, with Stars left arm crimper Tash Farrant taking 5-33, including each of the Sunrisers’ top four, and Smith supporting his fifty with the bat taking 3- 47.

Bryony Smith impressed with bat and ball for South East Stars

Bryony Smith impressed with bat and ball for South East Stars

Vipers beat Lightning by four wickets

England star Danni Wyatt scored for the Vipers with 53 points as his side chased the Lightning 214-9 with 3.1 overs to spare.

Tara Norris took three wickets for Southern Vipers, plus the take that fired Tammy Beaumont

Tara Norris took three wickets for Southern Vipers, plus the take that fired Tammy Beaumont

Lightning spinner Kirstie Gordon (4-35) dismissed each of the Vipers’ top four, including Wyatt and last year’s top scorer Georgia Adams (28), but the defending champions contributed throughout. their order.

Charlie Dean (32) and Paige Scholfield (38) impressed after Gordon reduced the Vipers to 135-4 in the 28th.

The lightning had already been limited thanks to a spell from the crimper on the left arm of Vipers Tara Norris (3-47), who also held a good grip in the depths to see Tammy Beaumont (57).

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