Lancashire Thunders’ Kia Super League campaign came to a bittersweet end following their 10 run victory over the Southern Vipers’ in a last over thriller. Despite having won, they have not qualified for Finals’ Day, with the Surrey Stars’ sneaking past them by three points.
Having won the toss, Thunder elected to bat first with openers Nicole Bolton and Georgia Boyce getting their team off to a good start. The two amassed 49 runs in the Powerplay, for the loss of no wickets. The first ball after the Powerplay though, Boyce was run out on 28.
Bolton then stitched a 52 run partnership with Amy Satterthwaite before the former was bundled up for a well made 43 off 34 balls, by Amelia Kerr. Satterthwaite was dismissed by Paige Scholfield soon afterwards for a run-a-ball 27.
From there, ‘The Harmanpreet Kaur Show’ began, featuring five boundaries and two sixes in a magnificent knock of 44* off 20 deliveries. Courtesy of that knock, Thunder finished their innings on 162-3; a total which had looked improbable initially.
In reply, Vipers’ opener, Danni Wyatt got her team off to a flying start, taking on Emma Lamb in the fourth over to score 21 runs from it. In the next over though, she was dismissed by Sophie Ecclestone, having scored 36 runs off 21 balls. Tammy Beaumont picked up from where her partner left off, scoring at a rapid rate on the way to her score of 34 off 28 before Kate Cross accounted for her.
The rest of the Vipers’ batters all contributed, including a handy cameo of 25 off 19 by Sara McGlashan, but wickets fell frequently. However, the Vipers’ went into the last over requiring 12 runs off it, hopeful for a win.
Unfortunately for them, it was not to be. Satterthwaite, bowling the last over, killed two birds with one stone; enacting revenge and putting her team in the driving seat by taking the wicket of Scholfield from her first ball. The next ball, Carla Rudd was run out and one ball later, Lauren Bell followed suit, resulting in the Vipers’ losing all their wickets and following 10 runs short of the total.
Sophie Ecclestone was awarded ‘Player of the Match’ for her figures of 4-20 from four overs.