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Thunder in the Air!

Worry not! The headline above is not a severe weather warning, it is

merely to mention that Lancashire Thunder are back at Stanley Park on

Sunday 9 June when the Lancashire ladies entertain Sunrisers with a

1pm start.

Both clubs arrive here with an identical record, having each played

six matches and both having won two and lost four. So the game is an

important one for both teams neither of whom want to be discounted

from making the semi-finals at this early stage; the losing side after

today will have much to do to keep in contention.

Lancashire Thunder began their campaign encouragingly by

defeating Northern Diamonds by eight wickets in a low scoring game in

which Emma Lamb top-scored for Thunder with 44 not out.

However, this success was followed by two defeats, both by five

wickets, to South East Stars and the Blaze; Fi Morris scored 41 against

the Stars and Emma Lamb carried on her good form with a valiant 63

not out against Blaze.

Victory by three wickets with six balls remaining followed against

Central Sparks with Phoebe Graham, 3-16, and Fi Morris, 3-22, being

the bowling stars. Unfortunately the return match with The Blaze was

lost by seven wickets when Danielle Collins’ 30 was the top score in a

disappointing total of 111-9.

And in their last game Thunder fell to a most disappointing 85 all

out, made in 19.5 overs, and resoundingly lost by seven wickets to

Southern Vipers, who knocked the runs off in 10.5 overs.

Statistically, Emma Lamb, 184 runs at 64.00 and Fi Morris, 107

runs at 17.83 are the only two players to top 100 total runs to date while

Fi Morris and Phoebe Graham lead the wickets takers with six wickets

each at 16.16 and 16,33 respectively.

Sunrisers meanwhile lost their two opening games to Central

Sparks and Southern Vipers before winning their third game, the return

against Vipers, by the narrow margin of three runs as Sophie Munro took

4-27.

Western Storm then defeated Sunrisers by 28 runs before

Northern Diamonds were defeated by four wickets as Grace Scrivens

held the innings together with 64 not out. Then it was another defeat,

this time by South East Stars who won by six wickets as Sunrisers could

only manage 116-8, Paige Scholfield making 50 not out in the Stars’

reply.

Jo-Anne Gardner with 177 runs at 35.40 leads their runscorers

while Mady Villiers, 104 at 20.80, and Grace Scrivens, 103 at 20.60,

have also passed the three-figure mark. And Sophie Munro’s six wickets

at 17.00 puts her one wicket ahead of Eva Gray, who has five wickets at

32.80.

So the two teams arrive at Stanley Park looking for an upturn in

their fortunes and the game looks like it may well be evenly fought. Let

us have some sunshine to enjoy the proceedings and hope for a Red

Rose success.


Gerry Wolstenholme


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