Lightning 230 for 9 (Okay Bryce 104, Gardner 3-45) beat Sunrisers 160 (Scrivens 54, Gordon 4-31) by 70 runs
Captain Kathryn Bryce rescued Lightning together with her second century of the Rachael Heyhoe Flint Trophy as they fought again to beat winless Sunrisers by 70 runs at Chelmsford.
Bryce’s shrewd knock of 104 from 109 balls underpinned the guests’ restoration from 129 for six to submit 230 for 9 – and that proved to be a successful whole.
Sunrisers regarded set to register a long-awaited maiden victory within the 50-over format after teenage opening pair Grace Scrivens and debutant Jodi Grewcock shared a partnership of 97 in reply.
However the dismissals of each batters in fast succession sparked a complete collapse, with spinner Kirstie Gordon taking 4 for 31 as Lightning rolled their opponents for 160.
Put in to bat, Lightning regarded snug on the outset, with Marie Kelly lifting Villiers excessive for a most in solely the second over as she and Tammy Beaumont added a brisk 42.
However a superb piece of fielding by Gaya Gole broke the partnership as she chased a shot to mid-on and hurled the ball in on the flip for a direct hit that left Beaumont brief on the non-striker’s finish.
Sarah Bryce quickly adopted, bowled making an attempt an unsightly heave at Kate Coppack, however her elder sister began nicely, slicing Sonali Patel for 2 fours and taking up the lead position in a third-wicket stand of 55 with Kelly.
Spin duo Scrivens (1 for 26) and Jo Gardner (3 for 45) utilized the brakes through the center overs, bowling unchanged in tandem as 4 Lightning wickets tumbled for simply 19.
Nevertheless, they had been unable to dislodge the skipper, who batted prudently and superior to her century, discovering a staunch ally in Sophie Munro (34 from 41) because the pair added 74 at a run a ball.
Though each Munro and Bryce holed out late on, they’d finished sufficient to haul Lightning to a aggressive whole and a decent opening spell by Grace Ballinger put strain on Sunrisers’ youthful openers once they launched their chase.
Regardless of a great deal of taking part in and lacking at Ballinger – plus a thick edge from Scrivens that evaded Georgie Boyce at slip – she and Grewcock noticed off the left-arm seamer and progressively settled into their rhythm.
Scrivens (54 from 65) accomplished her third half-century of the match – but the highest order disintegrated dramatically within the house of 12 deliveries, with 4 wickets falling for the addition of only one run, a large.
Grewcock spooned Bryce tamely to midwicket for 35 earlier than Gordon had Scrivens caught at mid-off, Mady Villiers supplied the spinner a simple return catch and Kelly got here on to bowl stand-in captain Naomi Dattani for a duck.
Jess Olorenshaw made a valiant try and wrest again the initiative with an innings of 21 earlier than she was yorked by Munro, but it surely was nowhere close to sufficient to stem the tide and Lightning closed out the win with a full 9 overs to spare.