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Lauren Winfield-Hill sparkles as Diamonds outshine Thunder

Northern Diamonds 241 for 4 (Winfield-Hill 93, Heath 51*, Armitage 47) beat Thunder 235 for 7 (Lamb 82) by six wickets

An excellent 93 from England worldwide Lauren Winfield-Hill noticed Northern Diamonds start their Rachael Heyhoe Flint Trophy marketing campaign with a six-wicket win over rivals Thunder.
Alongside Hollie Armitage, who hit 47, and Bess Heath, who struck an unbeaten 51, Winfield-Hill ensured the goal of 236 was simply chased down with 46 balls remaining, regardless of the efforts of Thunder’s Emma Lamb, whose 82 was as equally entertaining as that of her rival opening batter.
At the beginning of the day Diamonds had made an early breakthrough when Georgie Boyce was trapped in entrance by Rachel Slater for six with the dismissal bringing the imposing determine of West Indies star and new Thunder signing Deandra Dottin to the crease.

Unsurprisingly Dottin’s introduction noticed the run fee rise dramatically as she hit three successive boundaries off one Katherine Brunt over with Lamb proving equally dominant on the different finish.

The second-wicket pair had added 55 runs in simply over seven overs when Dottin tried one shot too many and skied a Katie Levick supply to Leigh Kasperek at deep cowl for an entertaining 26 off 27 balls.

From then on it was all about Lamb, because the England worldwide unleashed an array of enticing strokes on her approach to a advantageous half-century which noticed her convey up 2,000 List A runs when she reached 62.

Along the way in which each Ellie Threlkeld (13) and Danielle Collins (18) supplied invaluable assist till they have been dismissed by the spin of Linsey Smith and Kasperek respectively.

So comfy had Lamb appeared it was one thing of a shock when she handed Smith her second wicket after she misjudged the flight of a full supply and was bowled making an attempt a success throughout the road.

Lamb’s dismissal prompted a stalling of the run fee with Jenny Gunn’s accuracy including to the financial system of Diamonds’ spin assault as Thunder struggled to hit the boundaries through the essential center overs.

But whereas the runs dried up, Sachi Pai and Daisy Mullan stood agency and added 31 for the sixth wicket till Mullan was brilliantly caught within the deep by Heath off Levick for 18.

Pai completed unbeaten on 41 and a few keen operating between the wickets took Thunder to a aggressive 235 for 7 on the shut of the innings with Levick and Smith the decide of the bowlers.

Until effectively into the second half of Diamonds’ reply the results of this sport by no means appeared doubtful regardless of the early departure of Smith for 9 after she top-edged a pull shot to Laura Jackson.

The motive was Winfield-Hill, who has not performed for England since she was dropped two matches into the World Cup in March. Danni Wyatt, who changed her on the prime of the order forward of England’s run to the ultimate, and Lamb, who opened alongside Tammy Beaumont in final week’s Test towards South Africa, have been retained within the ODI squad for 3 upcoming fixtures with South Africa beginning on July 11.

Here Winfield-Hill completely dominated Thunder’s bowling as she constructed a match-defining partnership with Armitage in a chanceless knock that noticed her stroke the ball round Sale’s small floor with finesse and energy as Thunder’s assault wilted and their fielding turned ragged.

The partnership was ultimately damaged after 116 runs when Armitage’s late minimize off Jackson discovered Hannah Jones at fly slip and he or she departed for 46 earlier than Winfield-Hill fell quickly after to the left-arm spin of Alex Hartley when she skied a drive to Georgie Boyce at lengthy off for an excellent 93.

When Yvonne Graves departed with out scoring, bowled by Jones, Thunder had a glimmer of hope, but it surely was quickly extinguished as Sterre Kalis and Heath steered Diamonds house.

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