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Stars Shine at Blackpool

In the Rachael Heyhoe-Flint Trophy match at Stanley Park last Sunday

South East Stars outshone Lancashire Thunder in all aspects of the

game. Stars’ skipper Bryony Smith won the toss, elected to bat on a

straw coloured pitch and opened the innings with Kalea Moore. The pair

put on 34 quite comfortably until Tara Norris bowled Moore for 13.

This brought in Alexa Stonehouse and she and Smith put on 65

before third change bowler Naomi Dattani had the former caught in the

deep by Kate Cross for 23. Paige Scholfield joined her captain and they

took the total to 117 before Smith’s impressive knock came to an end on

67 made from 71 balls with nine fours and one six when Danielle Collins

took a good catch off the bowling of Fi Morris.

Thereafter Alice Davidson-Richards looked lively while making a

speedy 20 and Ryana Macdonald-Gay struck four fours in a rapid 14-ball

18 but it was Scholfield, 56 from 55 balls with seven fours and 43 from

Aylish Cranstone that helped the Stars to reach their final all out total of

283 with two balls of their 50 overs remaining. Indeed it could have been

worse but Thunder’s bowlers pulled it round towards the end if the

innings as at 221-5 with 10 overs remaining, a total of over 300 looked a

distinct possibility. Hannah Jones with 3-56 was the pick of the bowlers

and there were two wickets each for the Morrises, Sophie and Fi, and


Thunder’s innings got off to a disastrous start as Emma Lamb fell

to a catch behind by Chloe Hill off Phoebe Franklin without a run on the

board. Hill then took two further catches as Katie Mack, 12, and Seren

Smale, 30 and going well, fell off the bowling of Macdonald-Gay and

Stonehouse respectively with the last named seemingly unlucky to be

given out as she went for a leg glance.

So, from 51-3 Ellie Threlkeld and Fi Morris had to try to rebuild and

they partially did so, putting on 67 in 14.3 overs, both making 37. But

thereafter wickets fell cheaply and only a spirited stand of 44 by ninth-

wicket pair Jones, a run-a-ball 26 not out, and Norris, 14, helped the

total to just pass 200. And when Macdonald-Gay, who took an excellent

4-34, took the final wicket it was all over as Thunder, dismissed for 201

suffered defeat by 82 runs; Moore, 3-31, was a more than capable

assistant to Macdonald-Gay.

With six games remaining, the top four, with the Stars in fourth

place, have opened a 10-point gap between them and the remaining

four sides and, it will take a significant turnaround of fortunes from the

other sides for any change to take place. This is particularly so for

Thunder, who, in seventh position with nine points, languish 14 points

behind the top four … who knows though, anything can happen!

Gerry Wolstenholme

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