Northern Diamonds defeated 334 for 6 (Armitage 131, Winfield-Hill 74, Heath 70) western storm 230 (Gibson 76, Small 59, Levick 4-41) by 104 runs
The Diamonds won the toss, electing to bat first and a massive competition-best of 334 for 6, eclipsing the previous record score of 224 for 7 achieved by the South East Stars against Sunrisers in Chelmsford in May 2021. Scored overall.
England international Winfield-Hill contributed a fluent 74 off 77 balls, while Heath scored a brilliant 70 off just 46 balls as the Diamonds scored their 294 against the Thunder at Chester-le-Street last September. The previous highest score of 50 overs was exceeded. year.
It was a challenging experience for the Storm’s bowlers, only offspinner Chloe Skelton, who claimed 2 for 39 in 10 overs, emerged with any real credit on the day when the bat dominated.
There was no sign of the attack coming on when Smith caught Claire Nichols at short third man and went for a duck in the second over. But Winfield-Hill and Armitage quickly set about straightening the record, their partnership scoring 50 off 48 balls as the Diamonds scored 56 during the opening 10-over powerplay. Scoring independently on either side of the wicket, Winfield-Hill scored 50 off 56 balls, pulled off Lauren Filler for four, shared a hundred and looked ready to realize three figures when he inadvertently bowled Skelton. But got out at long-on. Helped to hit nine fours in the 23rd over.
So far in the main support role, Armitage scored 50 off 69 balls, while Ster Kallis and Leah Dobson came and went at the other end in rapid succession as the Storms sought to restrict scoring and gain a foothold in the game. Worked hard
But everything changed with Heath’s score of 169 for 4 in the 33rd over. Moving onto the attack from the start, the 21-year-old from Chesterfield manipulated with raw power to help nearly double the score during a blistering 14-over stay that left Storm on his knees. Heath and Armitage added 50 runs from 31 balls as the home team came under constant pressure, with Skelton being the only bowler to avoid molting.
Once again playing a second fiddle to the fast-scoring partner, Armitage went on to score the first century for the Diamonds in 110 balls, while the century partnership took off 66 balls, with Heath hitting the boundary with impressive regularity. Discovered as the Diamonds surpassed their previous highest score in 50-. more than the competition.
Driving and pulling with intent, Heath had a century when he chased the ninth boundary and drilled the ball straight to Nichols at short fine leg, giving Lauren Filler a much-needed breakthrough. Subsequently, Armitage and Lizzie Scott combined force on the death to bring the Diamonds to a record-breaking total.
Needing to hit the ground if they see any chance to disappoint their opponents, the Storm instead lost Ellis Griffiths and Talisman captain Sophie Lough within nine overs as the powerplay failed to ignite. When Fran Wilson pushed Smith to cover in the twelfth over, the home side were at 37 for 3 and the white flag was in danger of running up.
Levick then struck twice in as many overs with his leg-break and dismissed Nat Wraith for 19 and Emma Corney for 29, the latter at least a good enough time to open the batting for the first time in Taunton. Make a fist But there was no way to score 80 for 5 and an entertaining interlude in which Gibson and Smalley put on 106 for the sixth wicket was dominated by Yorkshire grit.
Gibson matched fire with fire and provided the home crowd with something to cheer in a knock that was lit by 9 fours and a six, until, scoring 76 off 59 balls, he took Armitage to cover. killed it. Smalle’s valiant rearguard action scored 50 off 59 balls, but it proved to be nothing more than a silver lining.