Danielle Gibson fires rapid fifty to help Western Storm quell Thunder

Western Storm 239 for 8 (Gibson 56, Jackson 3-50) beat Thunder 242 for five (Smale 57, Filer 3-46) by two wickets (DLS methodology)

Western Storm ended their season on a excessive with a slender two-wicket victory over Thunder within the Rachael Heyhoe Flint Trophy at Emirates Previous Trafford.

An 81-run partnership between Danielle Gibson and Nat Wraith halfway by the Storm innings regarded to have proved decisive in chasing a DLS goal of 239 in 48 overs after a half-century by Seren Smale and Libby Heap’s explosive 36 had helped the hosts attain 242 for five in 50.

However Thunder hit again with late wickets to provide a tense end earlier than Chloe Skelton hit the successful run with 21 balls to spare.

Storm’s third win means they end fourth within the group on 15 factors whereas Thunder finish in seventh spot with six factors.

Storm made a superb begin to their innings with a 53-run partnership inside 10 overs between Emma Corney and Alex Griffiths, ended when Phoebe Graham bowled Corney for 23.

Fellow opener Griffiths edged behind off Sophia Turner for 33, the primary of three catches for wicketkeeper Ellie Threlkeld who additionally snared Fran Wilson for 28 off spinner Heap and Storm captain Sophie Luff to provide the superb Turner a second wicket and depart the guests in a spot of issue on 115 for 4 within the twenty fifth over.

However Wraith and Gibson took 22 runs off a wayward twenty seventh over from Deandra Dottin to place the run chase, delayed briefly by rain, again on the right track and the pair went on to provide their important fifth-wicket stand inside 9 overs.

Gibson hit eight boundaries in an attention-grabbing innings of 56 off 40 balls with wicketkeeper Wraith offering nice assist with 32 off 30 earlier than being nicely caught at long-on by Daisy Mullan off Laura Jackson with 43 required.

Jackson bowled Niamh Holland and had Gibson caught at brief fine-leg earlier than Lauren Filer departed to Graham to set Storm nerves jangling. However in a tense finale Sophia Smale and Skelton edged their strategy to victory within the forty fifth over.

Having been inserted, Thunder loved a superb begin and an ideal end to their innings to publish what appeared to be a difficult complete.

Dottin and Seren Smale mixed for Thunder’s highest-ever opening partnership in three seasons of this competitors to get the hosts off to the proper begin. Each batted fluently with abroad allrounder Dottin driving to good impact in making a event greatest 46 earlier than selecting out Wilson at brief additional cowl off Skelton with 87 runs on the board inside 20 overs.

Smale, who survived an opportunity off Filer on 12, went on to make a career-best 57 with some intelligent placement exploiting gaps within the area as Thunder arrived on the midway stage well-placed at 98 for 1.

After Smale had reached her maiden half-century off 85 balls when driving Griffiths for her fifth boundary, it took a splendid one-handed return catch by Skelton to ship again the Thunder opener throughout a wonderful 10-over spell of two for 33.

Dani Collins hit 4 boundaries in a gentle innings of 32 – her greatest in Checklist A – earlier than prime edging Filer behind halfway by the thirty eighth over. Filer trapped Laura Marshall lbw and had Mullan caught at mid-on however Threlkeld and allrounder Heap then put enormous momentum into the Thunder innings with an unbroken alliance of 58 from the ultimate 29 deliveries.

Thunder skipper Threlkeld made 30 off 31 balls however Heap smashed two sixes and three fours in a shocking innings of 36 from solely 18 balls to take Thunder to a complete that very practically proved to be sufficient.

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