Sparks 136 for six (Kelly 59*) beat Thunder 135 (Cross 45, Wong 3-26) by 4 wickets
Central Sparks secured their first win of the event towards North West Thunder by Four wickets, due to an all-round efficiency, particularly from the bowlers that noticed them chase down 136 in 44 overs.
Thunder received the toss and elected to bat, however could not put the choice to good use as they had been succumbed to a wonderful group efficiency by the hosts, an in depth sport ultimately however Sparks went away with the victory.
“We went into today with a plan, ready to come back from a hard loss on Saturday, it was nice for it all to come together,” Wong mentioned. “Today was a great team performance, everyone did their job and we are really happy.”
Wong set the tone for the match, sending Laura Marshall’s center stump flying first ball, earlier than subsequent over Emily Arlott acquired the wicket of Georgie Boyce, who additionally went with out scoring.
The opening bowlers continued to be dominant, bowling very tightly, permitting Thunder simply 4 runs off first 5 overs. Wickets then started to fall once more, as Wong bowled Ellie Threlkeld for 7 and Emma Lamb was caught at tremendous leg to present Wong her third wicket, with Thunder decreased to 18 for 4.
Thunder could not handle to salvage a partnership, with Clare Boycott taking the following two wickets, as Sophie Ecclestone skied a catch to level, for 14, adopted by Natalie Brown being bowled for 35.
Sarah Glenn was launched into the assault, making an impression, getting Sophie Turner to edge behind, as Thunder reached 75 for 7 on the midway stage. Nevertheless, Kate Cross and Olivia Thomas helped Thunder attain a extra respectable complete, placing on a partnership of 56 to disclaim Sparks a fast end to the innings.
Georgia Davis had different concepts, taking the ultimate three wickets, as Thunder had been bowled out for 135 in 46 overs. The primary, eradicating Cross on 45, who went down the bottom however was caught at mid-on, then Alex Hartley edged behind with out scoring and Hannah Jones went for 3, caught at mid-on additionally.
As Sparks got here out for the chase, Thunder ensured they did not make mild work of it, with Brown bowling Amy Jones for 12 and Hartley trapping Eve Jones lbw for 27.
Hartley carried on her restrictive bowling, alongside Ecclestone, as Davies was out lbw for 1.
Milly Dwelling and Marie Kelly got here out to the center and noticed Sparks by means of a troublesome interval of bowling as they started to up the run price within the chase. They placed on a partnership of 45 earlier than Cross dismissed Dwelling lbw for 17. Three balls later, Ecclestone bowled Glenn for 0, as Sparks reached 101 for five after 30 overs.
Thunder fought their means again in nicely, as Boycott was caught and bowled by Ecclestone for five, and the sport acquired quite a bit tenser than Sparks would have appreciated. Sparks denied Thunder a nervy end as Kelly handed her half-century from 89 balls, ending unbeaten on 59 to see her group residence.
North West Thunder captain Hartley mentioned: ‘I am truly not dissatisfied, I’m actually happy with the combat our ladies confirmed as we speak, it’s troublesome not getting over the road however it was an ideal sport. We’ve got an ideal bowling assault and that confirmed as we speak, typically you make a rating for the batters and typically you do not however that is cricket.”