Lauren Winfield, Katherine Brunt help Yorkshire Diamonds break their duck


Yorkshire Diamonds vs Southern Vipers, York

England stars Lauren Winfield and Katherine Brunt lived up to their star billing with masterful performances as Yorkshire Diamonds picked up their first victory in their fifth game of the Women’s Super League 2018. Winfield blitzed a 38-ball 64 as Yorkshire posted 175 before Brunt claimed 5 for 26 as the Southern Vipers finished 12 runs short. They are bottom of the league having lost four games in a row since their opening round win over the Surrey Stars.

Here they were up against it right from the start as Winfield won the toss and took it up on herself to be the beacon of hope for the side. Beth Mooney played 10 balls for her 13 but when she was dismissed in the sixth over, Yorkshire already had 56 on the board courtesy Winfield’s big hitting. Chamari Athapaththu was able No.3 batter and the duo put on another quick 53-run stand before Winfield was dismissed, having hit 11 fours and a six. Yorkshire went through a little slump in the run-rate thereafter before Brunt clubbed a couple of boundaries in her unbeaten 13-ball 21 to take the total to 175 – the second-highest in the league’s short history.

That cameo was just the kickstarter she needed for a five-wicket afternoon. However, the decisive blow was struck by Alice Davidson Richards who removed a belligerent Suzie Bates (34 off 22) just after the PowerPlay in the chase. There were mini contributions from Mignon du Preez, Sara McGlashan and Amelia Kerr but with Brunt repeatedly brushing aside batters, hope kept moving further towards the horizon until it was completely snuffed out.

Brief scores: Yorkshire Diamonds 175/5 in 20 overs (Lauren Winfield 64, Chamari Athapaththu 43; Amelia Kerr 2-27) beat Southern Vipers 163/9 in 20 overs (Suzie Bates 34, Amelia Kerr 26; Katherine Brunt 5-26) by 12 runs.

Loughborough Lightning vs Surrey Stars, Loughborough

Loughborough Lightning continued to set the pace at the top of the KSL points table routing lowly Surrey Stars by nine wickets in a one-sided clash in Loughborough. Kirstie Gordon and Jenny Gunn took three wickets apiece while Linsey Smith took two as Surrey folded for 95, a target hunted down in 10 overs by the belligerent Sophie Devine (61* off 32).

Surrey’s trouble began early and the decision to bat turned around on them. Dane van Niekerk was bowled by Jenny Gunn for a first-ball duck off the last ball of the PowerPlay with the scoreboard reading 31 for 4. Gunn had also picked the big wicket of Sarah Tayor with Linsey Smith and Sophie Devine also among the wickets. The only partnership of substance was put together by Natalie Sciver (45) and Marizanne Kapp but once the former fell Kirstie Gordon, the rest of the line-up collapsed with two unbowled overs.

Loughborough lost Rachael Haynes in the third over of the chase, the only blip in what was a flawless chase. Devine plundered four fours and five sixes in her 32-ball 61 while Amy Ellen Jones (24*) played a sedate part in the undefeated 81-run stand that polished off the chase.

Brief scores: Surrey Stars 95 in 18 overs (Natalie Sciver 45; Jenny Gunn 3-19, Kirstie Gordon 3-13) lost to Loughborough Lightning 96/1 in 10 overs (Sophie Devine 61; Marizanne Kapp 1-17) by nine wickets

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