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2022 Charlotte Edwards Cup: Dramatic win for Western Storm

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Western Storm sealed a dramatic last ball victory over Sunrisers in their Charlotte Edwards Cup tie at Chelmsford.

18-year-old Grace Scrivens had struck her maiden Sunrisers half-century with 56 from 42 balls, anchoring her side’s total of 160 for five and her off-spin then appeared to have halted the Storm reply as she dismissed Danielle Gibson and England captain Heather Knight within the space of three deliveries, finishing with figures of four for 33.

Yet Storm’s last-wicket pair of Alex Griffiths and debutant Sophia Smale – needing three off the final ball – snatched an incredible victory as the throw from long-on sailed over the head of despairing wicketkeeper Scarlett Hughes and away to the fence.

Sunrisers, who had looked sluggish in their previous powerplay against South East Stars, quickly set about the Storm attack after being put in as Scrivens and Cordelia Griffith cruised to a 50 partnership from just 26 balls.

Scrivens struck Lauren Filer for four consecutive boundaries, while Griffith’s crisp off-side drives took her to 26 before she fell victim to a shambolic run-out for the second time in as many games.

This time, Griffith stumbled at the non-striker’s end while her partner drove towards mid-off and called for a single, leaving her stranded as the throw reached wicketkeeper Natasha Wraith.

A wily spell of one for 22 by Knight, including the wicket of Mady Villiers for 11, helped to check the flow of runs, but Scrivens advanced to her half-century from 35 balls and found a capable ally in Jo Gardner (28 not out).

Having survived a stumping chance off Griffiths (one for 25), Scrivens eventually fell after giving the same bowler the charge, but Kelly Castle (14) helped to ensure Sunrisers posted a competitive total.

Storm sent Knight in at the top of the order, but she lost two partners almost immediately as Georgia Hennessy was caught down the leg side off Naomi Dattani and skipper Sophie Luff hoisted Scrivens straight to mid-off.

Abtaha Maqsood’s first ball brought Sunrisers a third wicket, with Fran Wilson stumped after missing the leg-spinner’s flighted delivery, but Danielle Gibson’s powerful hitting, with 27 from 20, kept the visitors in contention.

She and Knight added 41 in five overs – only for Scrivens to deal Storm a double blow as Gibson holed out to deep midwicket before Knight, trying to work the ball on the leg side, was bowled for 27.

Natasha Wraith’s belligerent 27 from 16 threatened to tilt the contest back in Storm’s favour – but, when she was stumped dancing down the track to Scrivens, it looked as if Sunrisers were home and dry.

However, Katie George’s 34 kept the contest alive and Griffiths, with an unbeaten 25 from 13, won it from Scrivens’ final delivery.

At the close of play, Sophie Luff said: “We burgled one there. It was an unbelievable game of cricket and we’re very lucky to be on the right side of the result.

“I’ve always got belief that our middle to lower order can get us over the line and that’s certainly what they showed tonight.

“The way the likes of Katie George, Nat Wraith and Alex Griffiths at the end came in and played with intent, that’s how we want them to play.

“We’ve got points on the board now. We’re up and running and this could be the difference between qualifying and not qualifying, if we can get on a bit of a roll now and get some momentum.”

THE MATCH

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Western Storm take on Sunrisers in the Charlotte Edwards Cup at Cloud County Ground, Chelmsford today (Wednesday May 18th).

This T20 match will get underway at 7pm.

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EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THE CHARLOTTE EDWARDS CUP

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This match will be live streamed and you can keep up to date via the Western Storm website.

In addition to this, a report on the day’s play along with quotes will be posted on this website.

HEAD TO HEAD

The two teams have faced each other twice in the Charlotte Edwards Cup with both teams having one match each.

The last time the two sides met in the competition was in August 2021 in Cambridge. Western Storm came out on top by five runs.

Sunrisers won the toss and elected to field.

Georgia Hennessy and Fi Morris put on 68 for the first wicket from 10.2 overs until Morris fell for 21. Hennessey went on to make 62, and a rapid 34 from Sophie Luff helped to ensure that Western Storm posted a total of 147 for five from our 20 overs.

Lissy MacLeod and Cordelia Griffith shared an opening stand of 49 from just 6.2 overs, but Nicole Harvey ran through the top order to finish with figures of three for 17 as Storm restricted their opponents to 142 for seven.

TEAM NEWS

A starting XI will be named from the following players: Sophie Luff (c), Fran Morris, Fi Morris, Katie George, Georgia Hennessy, Claire Nicholas, Danielle Gibson, Nat Wraith, Alex Griffiths, Nicole Harvey, Lauren Parfitt, Lauren Filer, Mollie Robbins, Sophia Smale, Niamh Holland and Bethan Gammon.

VIEW FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Ahead of the fixture, Western Storm Captain, Sophie Luff said: “Obviously, losing our opening game wasn’t what we wanted, but we’ve got a couple of games this week to turn it around and that starts with the Sunrisers at Chelmsford on Wednesday.

“We did a lot of things right on Saturday and hopefully we can take those into the games this week and generate a bit of momentum. We all want to get a win in that column and get up and running in the competition.

“There are no easy games at this level and every squad is very competitive. In T20 cricket sometimes you only need one player to have a big game to dictate the outcome, and hopefully that will be someone in the Storm camp this week. We need to be on the right side of the big moments and that all comes back to following through on our processes.”

THE OPPOSITION

SUNRISERS

Interim Head Coach: Laura Marsh

Captain: Kelly Castle

Key player: Mady Villiers.

Mady Villiers was only 13 when she posted her first century in an Essex Schools’ Cup semi-final. Two years later, she took four wickets for her school’s first XI. The allrounder continued to impress over the years, returning figures of 3-22 in the finals of the 2018 Kia Super League and winning the title for Surrey Stars.

Following more impressive performances, this time, for the England Women’s Academy’s 2019 series against Australia A, Villiers rightfully earned her international call-up in an IT20 against Australia in July 2019.

Since then she has played 17 IT20s.

EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW

If you are attending the match please visit the Sunrisers website for further matchday information.

NEXT MATCH

Western Storm’s next match is on Saturday May 21st when we travel to the County Ground, Beckenham to take on South East Stars in the Charlotte Edwards Cup.

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