Sparks 136 for 6 (Kelly 59*) overcome Thunder 135 (Cross 45, Wong 3-26) by four wickets
Central Sparks ensured their first win of the championship against North West Thunder by 4 wickets, because of a all-round functionality, particularly from the bowlers which watched them chase 136 at 44 overs.
Issy Wong excelled once more, taking three wickets, whilst Marie Kelly paced the chase brightly against some challenging Thunder bowling, top scoring with 59 outside.
Thunder won the toss and elected to bat, but could not set the choice to use since they were succumbed to an superb team performance from the hosts, a close match in the ending but Sparks went off with the victory.
“We moved into now with a strategy, prepared to return from a difficult loss on Saturday, it had been fine for this all to come along,” Wong explained. “Today was a fantastic team performance, everybody did their job and we’re really pleased.”
Wong set the tone for the game, delivering Laura Marshall’s middle stump flying ball, until next over Emily Arlott captured the wicket of Georgie Boyce, that went without scoring.
The opening bowlers continued to become dominant, bowling quite closely, allowing Thunder only four runs off five overs. Wickets then started to fall again, as Wong bowled Ellie Threlkeld for 7 and Emma Lamb was caught at fine leg to provide Wong her third wicket, with Thunder decreased to 18 for 4.
Thunder could not figure out how to salvage a venture, together with Clare Boycott carrying the following two wickets, as Sophie Ecclestone skied a catch to stage, for 14, followed by Natalie Brown being bowled for 35.
Sarah Glenn was introduced to the assault, making an effect, becoming Sophie Turner to border behind, as Thunder attained 75 for seven in the halfway point. But, Kate Cross and Olivia Thomas assisted Thunder attain a more respectable complete, placing on a venture of 56 to deny Sparks a fast end to the innings.
Georgia Davis had other thoughts, taking the last three wickets, as Thunder were bowled out for 135 at 46 overs. The very first, eliminating Cross 45, that travelled down the floor but was captured at mid-on, then Alex Hartley edged behind without scoring and Hannah Jones proceeded , captured at mid-on also.
As Sparks came out to the chase, Thunder assured that they did not make light work of it, together with Brown bowling Amy Jones for 12 and Hartley trapping Eve Jones lbw for 27.
Hartley carried on her prohibitive bowling, along with Ecclestone, as Davies was out lbw for 1.
Milly Home and Marie Kelly came out into the middle and watched Sparks through a challenging period of bowling since they started to up the run speed in the pursuit. They placed a partnership of 45 earlier Cross disregarded Home lbw for 17. Three balls later, Ecclestone bowled Glenn for 0, as Sparks reached 101 for 5 later 30 overs.
Thunder fought his way back well, as Boycott was caught and bowled by Ecclestone for 5, and the match got much tenser than Sparks could have enjoyed. Sparks denied Thunder that a nervy complete as Kelly handed her half-century out of 89 balls, finishing unbeaten on 59 to see her group residence.
North West Thunder captain Hartley explained:’I’m really not disappointed, I am quite pleased with the struggle our women revealed now, it’s hard not getting on the line but it was a fantastic game. We’ve got a fantastic bowling strike which revealed now, sometimes you create a dent for those batters and you do not but that is cricket.”