Georgia Adams top-scores for table-toppers in comfortable victory
Southern Vipers 134 for 7 (Adams 37) beat Lightning 88 (Norris 4-14) by 46 runs
The all-round excellence of table-topping Southern Vipers proved too much for Lightning as they won by 46 runs in Group A of the Charlotte Edwards Cup at Arundel.
Lightning had already lost Kathryn’s younger sister, wicketkeeper and opening batter Sarah Bryce, who was caught at backward-point off Charlotte Taylor for 3 in the third over.
Once Lightning had fallen behind the rate they couldn’t find a batter to bring them back into the contest, though Sonia Odedra and, later, Michaela Kirk struck the same defiant blows with 16 apiece. The most successful Vipers bowler was Norris, with four wickets for 14 runs as the team made it two wins out of two.
Adams should have easily run out in the first over, but the fielder threw to the wrong end. Lightning did break through with the third ball of the third over, when Danni Wyatt flicked Kathryn Bryce to Michaela Kirk at deep midwicket, but Adams took advantage of her reprieve to top score with some powerful drives. She twice drives Sonia Odedra for four in the fifth over to properly launch the Vipers innings.
The Vipers lost the very promising and England-tipped Maia Bouchier, who chipped a simple return catch after making 13 from 20 deliveries. At the halfway point they were 51 for two. Adams clearly thought some acceleration was needed, and she hit Nancy Harman for three fours as 16 came from the 11th over. But she was lbw to Odedra in the following over.
The 100 came up in the 17th over before some heavy blows from Dean, supported by Paige Schofield, led them to their challenging score, which proved more than enough.