Diamonds Sparkle In Roses T20 game against the Thunder

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YORKSHIRE DIAMONDS: 162/4   (L.Winfield 44, C. Atapattu 41)  D.Hazell 2-34

LANCASHIRE THUNDER: 134/7  (A.Satterthwaite 28) A.Davidson-Richards 3-20 K.Levick 3-30

Yorkshire Diamonds put on a clinic against Lancashire Thunder in the War of the Roses clash at Leeds, Headingley as the Diamonds opened their new KIA Women’s Super League competition with a 28 run victory in what was a pretty one-sided affair.

The Thunder went into the opening game missing their two key players for Roses match in England’s Wicketkeeper Sarah Taylor, who was at her Sister’s wedding and also saw the late withdrawal of Kate Cross from the side too with the Lancs player still out nursing a hip injury.

Yorkshire’s opening batsmen in Sri Lankan Chamari Atapattu and England’s World Cup winner Lauren Winfield saw them moving the hosts past 50 without loss despite being dropped several times in the field by a very sloppy Thunder side throughout.

It was not a great day for a Thunder player in the field and saw them making their task harder against a very dangerous opponent in Yorkshire, but saw the visiting side looking toothless in attack and that shown when they hadn’t taken a wicket at the half way stage. 

Amy Satterthwaite then finally managed to break up the 72-run partnership put on by the Diamonds openers and saw the New Zealander getting Atapattu playing at a shot and see Emma Lamb taking the catch to see the Sri Lankan departing for 41.

Sophie Devine saw her stay at the crease short-lived after Sophie Ecclestone caught the Yorkshire batter out off the bowling of Danielle Hazell for 11 and that soon saw Lauren Winfield getting out after a good knock of 44, with the Kiwi connection of Satterthwaite and Tahuhu combining with Tahuhu picking up her first wicket.

The fall of Lauren Winfield wicket came with the scoreboard showing that the Diamonds were on 100-3 and with some more slack fielding and wayward bowling by the visiting side particularly from Lea Tahuhu, it saw the Yorkshire side posting more than a competitive total.

Katherine Brunt and Alice Davidson-Richards then took the home side almost out of reach for their opponents with some big hitting and powerful stroke play that left the Lancashire side in a spin. The Diamonds duo hammered home their authority with a marvellous partnership of 52-runs before Danielle Hazell then bowled her England team mate our for 31 and saw very muted celebrations by the Thunder captain and side to the dismissal.

The Diamonds duo hammered home their authority with a marvellous partnership of 52-runs before Danielle Hazell then bowled her England team mate our for 31 and saw very muted celebrations by the Thunder captain and side to the dismissal.

Davidson-Richards finished the Innings on 22 not out and saw her helping her side posting a total of 162-4 from their 20 overs and looked to be a very good score on what was a fast outfield. 

For the Thunder, captain Danielle Hazell was their best bowler by a distance as she picked up two wickets for 34 in her four over spell and saw the Thunder needing 163 for victory and would need a great start to chase this total down.

Lancashire responded with a patience build up to their Innings before Katie Levick forced Emma Lamb to play a shot that was caught out by Sophie Devine for 20 and start the ball rolling for the hosts. Evelyn Jones was then bowled by the impressive Alice Davidson-Richards with her first delivery of the Innings for 18 and that began to see the visitors struggling in their run chase.

Jess Jonassen and Amy Satterthwaite were both at the crease and were the two batter that Lancashire pinned their hopes upon if the Thunder was to make inroads on the Yorkshire total, but sadly the answer was no, as Jonassen picked out Atapattu near the boundary to be caught and have her scoring just 7 runs.

Amy Satterthwaite followed soon after when the New Zealander tried to find the gap in the field and could only find Alice Davidson-Richards instead and that saw the Red Rose side four down with only 78 on the board and in deep deep trouble.

Danielle Hazell tried to take the Yorkshire bowlers on and saw her smashing a big six over the ropes as she tried to drag her side back into the game, but a couple balls later saw her stumped when trying to go big again for 10 and it was virtually all over.

Lea Tahuhu came out to bat and saw her the New Zealand International smashed a six off her second ball faced and saw Lancs trying their hardest to stay in touch and put up some resistance. 

Natalie Brown was then bizarrely stumped for 3 when the Thunder player missed the ball and then saw her dragging her foot coming out of her crease and had Nicholls whipping the bails off for the stumping. The wicket saw Lancashire Thunder 97-6 and still needing 65 more runs from their remaining four overs to claim an unlikely victory. 

Lea Tahuhu was brilliantly run out by a great piece of fielding by Lauren Winfield as the England International picked up the ball and took aim at the stumps and ran out Tahuhu for 11 and that was all she wrote for the Thunder in their hopes.

There was, however, some late defiance by Sophie Ecclestone and Ellie Threlkeld late on, as the two youngsters put on a 25 run seventh wicket stand and have the two Lancashire players remaining unbeaten at the end with the Thunder coming up short by 28 runs and open their Kia T20 Super League programme with a defeat.

The Thunder face the Surrey Storm on Wednesday afternoon at the Emirates Old Trafford and will hope to have both Sarah Taylor and Kate Cross back in their line up as they look to pick up their first win of the tournament. 

Scorecards took from ESPN Cricinfo: 






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