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Rachael Heyhoe Flint Trophy: Southern Vipers hold firm in final

Southern Vipers (231 from 49.5 overs) beat Northern Diamonds (193 from 42.4 overs) by 38 runs

It was somewhat fitting that Edgbaston was the scene for the inaugural Rachael Heyhoe Flint Trophy final - a ground that was synonymous with that great figure in women’s cricket as well as the venue for the first World Cup final.

A battle of north versus south - which neither side...

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England build win around Sciver to secure series victory

In front of a BBC television audience for the first time since 1993, England sealed the five-match T20 International series against West Indies with two games to spare thanks to a 20-run victory at Derby.

The innings of Natalie Sciver (82) for England and Deandra Dottin (63) for West Indies were the highlights of a game at a chilly Incora County ground.

Both Sciver and...

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Preview: England v West Indies - the summer starts here (at last)

In a COVID-free world, both England and West Indies would have been planning for the World Cup in New Zealand early next year. Things, as we know, have not gone to plan since Katy Perry sang the T20 World Cup to a close in March.

There was much room for optimism in the women’s game. Even after the global pandemic scythed through the sporting calendar, the England and Wales Cricket...

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Lightning retain bragging rites as Central fail to Spark in search for final spot

There were contrasting fortunes at the Fischer County Ground, Leicester, as Lightning won their second game in the Rachael Heyhoe Flint Trophy, beating a spirited Central Sparks side by 55 runs.

Whereas Lighting had no chance of advancing to the final, there was a slim chance of Central Sparks making it to the showpiece fixture at one of their home bases, Edgbaston.


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Yorkshire Diamonds rely on experience to see them home

There are a lot of what-ifs in cricket. It is usually complicated to settle an argument one way or another. On Monday, question would have been, “What if Nat Sciver hadn’t scored 104 for Northern Diamonds?"

The answer was Northern Diamonds would again prosper, this time by two wickets.

We got as close as it is possible to that when Lightning and Northern Diamonds met at the...

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Sparks ignite campaign with nervy finish at Edgbaston

There were times during the Rachael Heyhoe Flint Trophy match at Edgbaston where North West Thunder looked dead and buried. But although Central Sparks won by four wickets with six overs to spare, it felt much closer.

It was a tough day for the batters on both sides, on a well-used but decent looking pitch. Thunder were struggling from the very first ball when Laura Marshall could...

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Preview - Rachael Heyhoe Flint Trophy

The Rachael Heyhoe Flint Trophy starts today. It is a testament to the hard work of many that this tournament ever got off the ground. Working around a global pandemic is never easy – as the England team have found out when India and then South Africa dropped out of their respective tours.

The new regional hubs were due to be rolled out this year. There is a sense of the familiar in...

Women's World Cup Semi-final

Selection issues begin to clear as England squad find their groove

By its very nature, cricket is a game with rhythm at its core. The sound of the ball off the bat, the clapping on hands in the field or the crowd permitting the acknowledgement of a piece of skill with a gentle round of applause.

In the latest intra-squad game at Derby, that rhythm is starting to reappear. The bowlers look more reassured, they are finding their line and length and...

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Familiar names amongst the runs as England's build-up continues

Team Brittin 362 for 4 (T. Beaumont 73, D. Wyatt 52, N. Sciver 92, S. Dunkley 42*) beat Team Heyhoe Flint 210 all out (E. Lamb 61) by 152 runs.

There was something reassuring about seeing England’s established top order score runs in the latest training game ahead of the one-day series against South Africa next month.

The one exception being Amy Jones, who failed to...

Cricket women's sport

Paul Shaw appointed North West Thunder Head Coach

In anticipation of the new regional hub competition, the North West Hub still under the Thunder identity have appointed as their head coach Paul Shaw.

Shaw, 53, has experience in the women’s game having coached England to back to back Ashes wins and held various job titles while at the ECB. One of those roles was to turn the England side from a part-time team into a professional set-...