Lancashire Thunder 134-4 Satterthwaite 57* Threlkeld 53* Davidson-Richards 2-15
Yorkshire Diamonds 101 all out Winfield 28 Ecclestone 3-11 Hartley 3-19
Lancashire Thunder bt Yorkshire Diamonds by 33 runs
Lancashire Thunder claimed only their second-ever KIA Super League success after a stunning 33-runs victory over the Yorkshire Diamonds at Headingley in the Women’s Roses’ clash.
It was a game that saw 19-year old Ellie Threlkeld having a game to remember for the Thunder, as she scored her maiden half-century as well as picking up a record-breaking four-stumpings in a KSL match and deservedly took home the player of the match.
After their loss at Southport last Sunday, the Thunder came into their Roses’ clash hoping to improve against a Yorkshire side that themselves were hoping to kickstart their season too following a loss in their opening match too.
Lancashire was put into bat by the Yorkshire captain Lauren Winfield and saw the Diamonds openers bowling well to restrict the Lancs opener in their powerplay.
Evelyn Jones tried to take the Yorkshire bowlers on after a slow start for the Thunder and saw the Lancs player skying her shot up in the air from a Chamari Atapattu delivery and have Winfield under it to take the catch to have Jones out for five.
Two overs later, it saw Nicole Bolton going for 11 thanks to the combination of the two Alice’s as Alice Monaghan took the catch off the bowling of Alice Davidson-Richards.
Two balls later saw Davidson-Richards taking a blinding catch to get Georgie Boyce out for 2 caught and bowled, as the ball was hit straight back the bowler and had the Diamonds player who held on. Lancashire looked to be heading to another disappointingly low score as it was 22-3 after 6.5 overs gone.
Emma Lamb then tried to hit a shot off the bowling of Katie Levick but the ball went by and Australian wicketkeeper Beth Mooney whipped the bails off for 1 and have Lancashire in deep, deep trouble at 25-4.
Thunder was desperately needed a partnership to get them to a competitive total at least and avoid an embarrassing batting performance in front of the television cameras. That saw Amy Satterthwaite and Ellie Threlkeld being the two to step in and do a repair job for the visiting side.
With the experience of Satterthwaite at the crease, she seemed to help along her inexperienced teammate at the other end and saw both batters forming an important partnership that had both Lancashire players moving the score past fifty and then reaching their 100-4.
Ellie Threlkeld then brought up her maiden fifty in the KSL and was the second-ever Thunder player to reach their half-century with the only other player to do so being down at the non-strikers end in, Amy Satterthwaite.
Soon after, Satterthwaite reached her fifty in very unorthodox fashion, as the New Zealander was nearly run out by her teammate, as Threlkeld dashed up the pitch and saw Satterthwaite staying put, but a throw towards bowler Helen Fenby from Lauren Winfield went miles over her head and saw Lancashire adding an extra run.
Lancashire completed their twenty overs making 134-4 and that looked miles off at a point when they were 25-4, but the partnership of Satterthwaite and Threlkeld was a big one, to say the least.
Yorkshire though got off to a great start in their reply, but could easily have lost their captain in the third over, when Winfield played a shot that was rising and was dropped by Lamb on 19.
Sophie Ecclestone then came into the attack in the 6th over and with her fifth ball had Winfield skying the ball up in the air and had Satterthwaite taking the catch to dismiss the captain for 28.
Lancashire’s spin trio of Sophie Ecclestone, Alex Hartley and captain Danielle Hazell were doing brilliantly to dry up the runs and saw them all rewarded throughout the Innings.
Yorkshire’s Overseas players in Beth Mooney and Chamari Atapattu were both almost caught out brilliantly both times by one of Lancashire’s overseas players in Amy Satterthwaite, but on both occasions, the ball evaded her and went for four.
Spinner Alex Hartley then picked up her first wicket of the day, when Mooney tried to clear the rope with a big shot but could only pick out Kate Cross in the deep who took the catch and had the Australian departing for 20 and the Diamonds 59-2.
Yorkshire who were looking good at 43-1, then found themselves playing some rushed shots and was making life easier for the Thunder side.
Alice Davidson-Richards who given not out on a stumping review saw her next ball coming down the crease and got one that spun away from her and had Ellie Threlkeld stumping her for 3 off the bowling of Ecclestone.
Atapattu then went at the start of the next over, after a beautiful delivery by Alex Hartley saw the Lancs spinner able to get one through the gap and hitting the stumps to leave the hosts 59-4.
Yorkshire then lost their allrounder in Katherine Brunt for 4, after a mix up with her and Delissa Kimmince saw Brunt halfway down the pitch before Hazell quickly threw to the keeper who took the bails off and saw the Diamond five down for 71 and saw Brunt throwing her bat down in frustration.
The required rate was getting higher now for the Diamonds in their run chase as they needed to score ten runs an over. It was nearly six down for Yorkshire at the end of the 14th over when Kimmince tried to take a quick single and saw Threlkeld running to pick up the ball and throw underarm towards the stumps when a flatter throw may have been the better option.
Sophie Ecclestone then helped to run out Delissa Kimmince for 12, after the spinner collected the ball and launched it towards the strikers’ end where the keeper did the rest and saw Yorkshire six down.
In the next over it saw Brookes hitting the ball towards Cross near the boundary and despite the fast bowlers’ attempt at a stretching catch, she could only help it go on to run for four.
However, the next ball saw Brookes trying to go big again and saw Hartley getting one to get by her and Threlkeld for the second time in the match quickly whipped the bails off and send Brookes packing for 21.
Alice Monaghan was then run out brilliant by Threlkeld for 1 run when the batter played at a shot and had Danielle Hazell appealing for an lbw, while the young keeper immediately picked up the ball and broke the stumps for the 8th wicket and have Lancashire in control now.
Lancashire captain Danielle Hazell, then turned the screw on her league team, as Hazell who plays for Yorkshire but captains the Red Rose of Lancashire saw her claiming a third wicket and a then-record third stumping for Ellie Threlkeld, as Katie Levick was stumped for 0 to leave the hosts 101/9 and needing a further 34 runs from two overs.
Victory was complete for the Thunder in the penultimate over, with a record-breaking fourth stumping in the game as Helen Fenby was out of her crease from an Ecclestone delivery and of course the last word belonged to Ellie Threlkeld who whipped the bails off to dismiss the Yorkshire Diamonds side for 101 all out, and not only win by 33 runs but also pick up a bonus point as well.
It was a massive win for the Thunder, for who victories have come to at a premium over the last two years and this win will have proved to be a huge confidence booster going into their home game against a strong Southern Vipers side at Liverpool on Sunday.