Summary: Match 11 – 17 yr old Ella McCaughan’s Half-century helped Vipers wipe South East Stars

The action continued at Hove where Southern Vipers took on South East Stars for their third game of the Rachael Heyhoe Flint Trophy. Southern Vipers came into this match-winning both their games, while South East Stars won only a solitary game, in their last game against Sunrisers.

 

Ella McCaughan. PC: Twitter/ella_mccaughan
Ella McCaughan. PC: Twitter/ella_mccaughan

 

Southern Vipers won the toss and elected to bat first, with both the sides playing with their regular squads after the England players left their squads to prepare for their series against West Indies. Southern Vipers got off to a good start with the bat, with openers Georgia Adams and Ellie McCaughan building on a good platform of 84 runs for the first wicket. Georgia Adams, though, was dismissed for 44 by Amy Gordon. Ella McCaughan was dismissed after completing her half-century by Meghan Belt with the score on 119/2. The platform built by the top order was squandered in the middle overs as batters struggled to settle in and carry the momentum forward. Vipers lost regular wickets with no one making use of their starts to get to a bigger score. Maia Bouchier was dismissed for 28 by Alice Capsey. She also took a catch off the bowling of the skipper, Tash Farrant, to dismiss Paige Scholfield for 13. Charlotte Dean was the next to go, dismissed by Eva Grey for 28, with the score on 188/5. That wicket triggered a collapse as they ended up reaching only 209 runs losing 8 wickets in their allotted 50 overs. Tash Farrant and Eva Gray picked up 2 wickets each.

With 210 required for victory, South East Stars lost their openers early with both Kirstie White and Alice Capsey getting out cheaply. Maxine Blythin went soon after, with the score now at 61/3 that triggered a slide that they could never recover from. They lost their last 8 wickets for 37 runs as they were dismissed for just 98 runs, losing by a huge margin of 111 runs. Tarra Norris continued her good form picking up 3 wickets for only 27 runs and also forcing a run-out while Paige Scholfield and Charlotte Taylor picked up 2 wickets each.

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With 3 wins in the bag including 2 wins with bonus points, Southern Vipers lead the group table and will next meet Sunrisers at Southampton. South East Stars will have to settle for the loss and will face another tough challenge against Western Storm at Bristol as they look to stay in the competition. Both matches are scheduled for 11th September.

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BRIEF SCORES

Southern Vipers: 209/8 in 50 overs (E McCaughan – 50, G Adams – 44, T Farrant – 2/28, E Gray – 2/33)
South East Stars: 98 all out of 36.5 overs (A Cranstone – 28, T Norris – 3/27, C Taylor – 2/13, P Scholfield – 2/10)

Southern Vipers won by 111 runs

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