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Kate Cross Cameo Clinches Thunder Victory

Gerry Wolstenholme

In the Charlotte Edwards Cup match at Stanley Park last Sunday, the

game was evenly poised after a rain break and when, with 10 balls

remaining and 16 runs still required, Thunders’ Sophie Ecclestone was

dismissed for a quick-fire 23 with four fours, the pendulum looked as

though it might swing towards Sunrisers.

Enter Kate Cross and in a delightful cameo performance she

struck 17 runs in just six balls, one six, one four, three twos and one

single, that won the game for Thunder with three balls remaining.

Earlier, Sunrisers, thanks to a fine 60 by Alice Macleod, made from

43 balls with eight fours, and a useful middle-order 32 by Amuruthaa

Surenkumar, made 151-9 with Ecclestone the pick of the bowlers with 3-

18 from her four overs.

In reply everyone, other than the unfortunate Ellie Threlkeld, made

useful contributions with Seren Smale’s 39 not out the best effort. Then

came Cross and the six balls she faced won the match for Thunder who

ended up with 155-5 to win by five wickets and keep their qualifying

hopes alive.

After the match Cross commented, ‘The rain delay was great for

us because it gave us the chance to reassess our plans and reaffirm that

what the girls were doing out there was really good.’ She then praised

her partner with ‘Seren kept us in the game and I thought it was an

outstanding knock.’ It was by the way Thunder’s highest ever Charlotte

Edwards’ run-chase.

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