Georgia Adams all praise for Southern Vipers on their 'incredible' Rachael Heyhoe-Flint Trophy win

Georgia Adams all praise for Southern Vipers on their 'incredible' Rachael Heyhoe-Flint Trophy win

Georgia Adams in action against Sunrisers in the Rachael Hayhoe Flint Trophy © Southern Vipers Twitter

Southern Vipers skipper Georgia Adams has termed their title-winning 38-run victory over Northern Diamonds in the Rachael Heyhoe-Flint trophy final on Sunday(September 27) at Edgbaston 'incredible' and picked Charlotte Taylor for special praise whose match-winning figures of 6 for 34 was instrumental in their win after getting bowled out for 231 in 49.5 overs.

“I think it's very difficult to put into words but just so proud of this team,” Adams said. “And everyone stood up. Showed lot of character throughout the competition and absolutely phenomenal from Charlotte Taylor today incredible performance from her.” Not to forget, Vipers booked their final ticket winning all six group matches.

“I can’t even put into words, but it's amazing,” said Taylor talking about the win and her six-fer. “I think that potentially might be my best figures and what more can you ask for. I couldn't ask for anything more than that and especially not someone that's only played four games out of six in the competition.”

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Diamonds were looking comfortable at 74 for 1 in the 14th over during the chase when Taylor accounted for Hollie Armitage, first of her six-wickets, to bring the Vipers back into the game and took three more wickets during that period to reduce the opposition to 110 for 7 and they never recovered from that.

“They did have a very good start. But I back myself to my best ball and I saw her coming down a few times. So, I thought just drag one down a little bit and, hopefully, she might make a mistake and I think she did that,” Taylor added. “I'm very, very happy and pleased and I hope I've made my parents and my family proud today. I did a job with my team and we won the game that's massive for me.”

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Adams also lauded her team’s character for adapting to various situations and holding their nerves in different circumstances over the course of the tournament.

“I think that we knew the Diamonds are going to be really tough to beat. They've got a lot of experience on their side as well. But I just think given that our average age is about 22 and the style that we've been playing and the way we've played I'm just so over the moon that we got to pick up the trophy,” added the skipper.

“We have to be quite adaptable but I think we bat all the way down and that's the best thing about us. How many wins come in the end there and just holding your nerve just makes such difference and it shows the character that we have on the side.”

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Adams scored an important 80 in the final and finished the tournament as the highest run-getter with 500 runs at an average of 83.33 to her name. She credited her newfound consistency to the patience she has shown and said the wickets in the tournament also helped her performance.

“I've been guilty in the past and not being patient enough in this format. So yeah, I'm really pleased to contribute the way I have,” she said. “I honestly (am) a bit speechless. I think if you told me that a couple of months ago, I would have been laughing going “no chance”. Consistency is something that I've always wanted to have and I've never felt like I've been able to do. So, actually to had a consistent season and to contribute in nearly every game. I am chuffed to bits.

“I have no idea how but I think playing on such good wickets really helps. And just playing simple cricket trying to hit the ball as straight as possible. And you know just don't take anything for granted. 50 overs is a lot longer than you think anything,” Adams concluded.