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Lauren Winfield-Hill’s century in vain as tables are turned in two-wicket victory

Central Sparks 283 for 8 (Jones 114, Glenn 71) beat Diamonds 279 (Winfield-Hill 110, Wong 5-49) by two wickets

A superb century from Amy Jones and an unbeaten 71 from Sarah Glenn helped Central Sparks pull off an incredible run-chase to beat Northern Diamonds in a thrilling opener to both sides’ Rachael Heyhoe Flint Trophy campaign.
A century from Lauren Winfield-Hill had ensured Diamonds posted a formidable total of 279 all out which looked to be enough until first Jones and then Glenn carried Sparks over the line with eight wickets down and ten balls to spare.

Earlier, Winfield-Hill had reached three figures off 123 balls, but her efforts were in vain as Sparks went on to snatch a scarcely credible victory.

Diamonds’ innings saw Issy Wong pick up an impressive 5 for 49 from her ten overs, but only Glenn could offer any meaningful support as a scrappy performance in the field saw Sparks drop catches and concede 22 extras, including 18 wides.

Wong and Emily Arlott had kept things tight early on with the teenage quick picking up the early wicket of Hollie Armitage, bowled with a vicious yorker for 13, before Natalie Sciver hit one straight to Eve Jones at midwicket for 7, to leave Diamonds 38 for 2.

From then on it was all about Winfield-Hill as she began to feast on Sparks’ supporting bowlers and together with Sterre Kalis constructed a third wicket partnership of 112.

When Kalis was out lbw to the impressive Glenn, Katherine Brunt took over and the England legend was there to witness Winfield-Hill bring up her century with a towering six into the Western Terrace off Ria Fackrell.

Winfield-Hill eventually fell in the 42nd over to a good catch from Fackrell off Steph Butler but Brunt’s 46 and useful cameos from Jenny Gunn, Alex MacDonald and Beth Langston ensured Diamonds’ total was more than adequate.

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