Bryony Smith century blasts South East Stars into home play-off clash

South East Stars 281 for 9 (Smith 114, Macdonald-Homosexual 54) beat Lightning 169 (Boyce 60, Grey 3-29) by 112 runs

Bryony Smith’s majestic 114 set South East Stars up with a house Play-off conflict with Southern Vipers and condemned Lightning to a limp farewell from the regional construction.

Stars skipper Smith, who had performed in all three of England’s T20I sequence victory over India final week, returned to smash an exhilarating first Rachael Heyhoe Flint Trophy century.

Ryana Macdonald-Gay‘s half-century backed up her captain to pile on 281 on the Uptonsteel County Floor in Leicester, which proved 112 runs too many regardless of Georgie Boyce scoring 60 on her second look since becoming a member of from Thunder.

Stars will host Vipers at The County Floor, Beckenham on Wednesday, with the winners going through Diamonds at Lord’s on Sunday, September 25.

Lightning misplaced the toss and have been requested to subject first of their final sport as a Loughborough-based area, earlier than transferring to Nottinghamshire subsequent 12 months, however began their goodbye strongly as Grace Ballinger bowled Chloe Brewer with an in-swinger.

That introduced Smith to the crease, and regardless of 4 dots to begin, destruction wasn’t far-off.

She by no means veered too far-off from going at a run-a-ball all through, helped by some luscious early driving, however streaked forward with 4 consecutive boundaries off Ballinger to motor into the 40s.

Her fourth time previous 50 within the Rachael Heyhoe Flint Trophy got here in 47, however it solely took her an extra 39 deliveries to turn into the competitors’s 14th centurion in three seasons – and the second quickest to the landmark.

Smith’s timing and selecting up on poor legside balls have been the muse of the exceptional innings however so too was her capability to dominate partnerships regardless of wickets falling often. She placed on 40 with Kira Chathli, 66 with Jemima Spence (of which Smith scored 45) and 51 with Rhianna Southby.

When she departed for 114, having smashed straight at mid-off to finish a blistering innings full of 17 fours and a six over long-on, it felt inevitable that Stars would droop in her wake.

However 196 for seven was revived to 267 for eight after a low-risk, high-reward stand between Macdonald-Homosexual and Alexa Stonehouse. The previous wristily discovered gaps to deliver up a maiden Checklist A half-century in 56 balls.

It helped Stars find yourself on a well-above-par 281, though Ballinger’s three for 62 belied her spectacular first 5 overs, whereas Kirstie Gordon was exemplary with two for 38.

Franklin demolished the Lightning high order by bowling Marie Kelly through a chop on, operating out Beth Harmer with a direct hit from sq. leg, and had Michaela Kirk leg earlier than.

Lucy Higham was struck in entrance by Eva Grey to depart Lightning in a heap on 54 for 4, however Boyce showcased her spectacular expertise in a 76-run stand with the more and more spectacular Ella Claridge.

The pair received their aspect again in the direction of a manageable fee, with Boyce gathering a 60-ball fifty. However wicketkeeper Claridge fell for 35 and Boyce 70 inside three overs of one another to stunt the hosts once more, earlier than the underside fell out.

Macdonald-Homosexual continued her high-quality day by bowling Boyce and Sophie Munro, Grey picked up her second and third when Thresa Graves was astonishingly caught at backward level by Southby and Josie Groves tickled behind. Dani Gregory picked up the final wicket of Ballinger with 70 balls to spare.

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