This post is an account of a Rachael Heyhoe-Flint Trophy match that took place on Monday. Coverage was via youtube, which was one reason I didn’t blog on Monday. The Rachael-Heyhoe Flint Trophy is a 50 overs per side competition.
SOUTH EASTERN STARS MAKE A TERRIBLE START
Western Storm won the toss and put their opponents in, questionable on a pitch that was already a little worn having previously been used for the men’s County Championship match between Gloucestershire and Sussex (drawn, Sussex skipper Cheteshwar Pujara finally accepting this result with four overs left to be played and Gloucestershire having six second innings wickets standing). At first all went well for Storm, with two batters (Kira Chathli and Alice Capsey) collecting ducks very early on, and a third also going cheaply. At that point 16 year old Jemima Spence joined Stars skipper Bryony Smith. Although the youngster never achieved any degree of fluency her long innings supporting first Smith who made a good 50 before holing out down the ground and then Paige Scholfield played a crucial part in swinging the match back towards the Stars.
By the time Spence was fifth out Scholfield was already firmly established at the crease and playing some lovely strokes. A sixth wicket followed fairly quickly, but then Tash Farrant, a left arm medium pacer who is also a useful batter down the order joined Scholfield in the stand that virtually settled the outcome of the match. Farrant scored at better than a ball, but was nevertheless overshadowed by the sheer brilliance of Scholfield. Farrant scored 45, in a seventh wicket stand that yielded 127. Eight further runs accrued after Farrant’s dismissal, giving Stars a final total of 296-7, with Scholfield 134* off 109 balls. The best bowlers for Storm were the opening pair of Lauren Filer and Dani Gibson who each took three wickets, but even they suffered some damage from the Scholfield blitz. The young Irish all rounder Orla Prendergast had a particular nightmare with the ball.
STORM IN A SPIN
Western Storm got into the 30s without losing a wicket, but then two off spinners, Bryony Smith and Alice Capsey, the latter looking to avenge her first ball duck, came into the attack. Not only could the Storm batters not get them away, they lost wickets with ridiculous frequency. Smith took three wickets, a fine follow up to her 50 with the bat, but it was Capsey who was the real destroyer. She had never previously had a five wicket haul in a list A match, but this was her day with the ball, and by the time she claimed the last two wickets in the space of four balls she had 6-28. Western Storm had managed a beggarly 89 all out, beaten by 207 runs. Prendergast and Alex Griffiths each got into the 20s, but neither scored with any speed – note that Spence’s slow scoring occurred with first Smith and then Scholfield going great guns at the other end, so Stars had never had both batters scoring slowly at the same time.
I have a huge photo gallery (in fact I have so many photos taken since Monday morning that I have held some back for my next post)…