Lauren Winfield-Hill 96 puts Northern Diamonds out of Lighting reach

Northern Diamonds 177 for five (Winfield-Hill 96) beat Loughborough Lightning 138 for 7 (Beaumont 59) by 39 runs

A incredible knock of 96 from England’s Lauren Winfield-Hill noticed Northern Diamonds shine in a 39-run victory over Loughborough Lightning within the opening spherical of the Charlotte Edwards Cup.

Winfield’s excellent innings, which got here off simply 51 balls and was her highest rating in T20, powered the guests to a formidable complete of 177 for 5 which proved an excessive amount of for the hosts at a sun-drenched Haslegrave.

Successful the toss and opting to bat, Diamonds took full benefit of the situations with a gap assault on the Lightning bowlers that they struggled to get better from for the rest of the innings.

Every of the opening 5 overs went for double figures as Diamonds cruised previous 50 with some highly effective hitting from Winfield-Hill and Abi Glen.

Glen fell to a catch from Teresa Graves off Kirstie Gordon for 25 nevertheless it barely mattered as Holly Armitage joined Winfield-Hill on the crease and the pair placed on 99 for the second wicket with the Diamonds skipper providing invaluable assist to the free-scoring opener.

Lightning had their possibilities and a drop on the boundary from Lucy Higham proved significantly expensive as Winfield-Hill took full benefit by smashing three consecutive sixes off the unlucky Kathryn Bryce within the very subsequent over.

The England star appeared to be easing her solution to a century however fell 4 shot when she skied a supply from Bryce to Bethan Ellis who took a positive working catch over her shoulder.

From 145 for 2 when Winfield-Hill departed within the sixteenth over the Diamonds innings light considerably with Leigh Kasperek (7), Phoebe Turner (0) and Beth Langston (1) departing in fast succession as solely Armitage stood agency to complete unbeaten on 40 as Diamonds closed on 177 for 5.

Lightning’s reply received off to a wonderful begin with Marie Kelly and Tammy Beaumont filled with working and deft stroke play if not the ability hitting of Winfield-Hill.

The opening pair had reached 79 within the eleventh over when Kelly superior down the wicket and was bowled by Beth Langston for 46.

The run-chase turned even more durable when Kathryn Bryce was bowled by Emma Marlow for 4 with Beaumont persevering with to do her finest with the odd boundary and a few glorious scampering between the wickets.

Beaumont introduced up her half-century with a boundary off Kasperek within the sixteenth over and whereas she remained on the crease Lightning had a glimmer of an opportunity with the skilled England worldwide wanting in nice type.

Nevertheless it was to not be as Lightning’s possibilities had been extinguished when Beaumont was bowled by Marlow for 59 within the subsequent over leaving the run fee more and more insurmountable because the hosts’ innings closing on 138 for seven with Smith selecting up a few wickets within the ultimate over.

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