Before today Lancashire Thunder had only won one game in the history of the Kia Super League. They won their second ever game and have been outplayed ever since. They won at Emerald Headingley today by 33 runs against their rivals Yorkshire Diamonds.
It was a day to remember for Ellie Threlkeld as the wicketkeeper scored a vital fifty just when her side needed her to stand up and then followed it up with four stumpings.
Threlkeld joined Amy Satterthwaite with Lancashire thunder in all sorts of trouble at 25 for 4. Alice Davidson had taken two wickets in the seventh over one a brilliant reaction return catch to dismiss Georgie Boyce for 2.
The two batters consolidated and at the halfway point Thunder were 33 for 4. In the next ten overs, they started to open up and scored 101 runs in that time. The stand of 103 for the fifth wicket was the second highest in Kia Super League history. The highest was also against Yorkshire Diamonds.
Threlkeld had most of the strike facing 43 balls to Satterthwaite’s 34. Both scored fifties and it put Lancashire into a decent position. On a good pitch, it still looked short of a defendable total. Lancashire Thunder have a bowling attack that most would envy and has international class.
Yorkshire got off to a blistering start Lauren Winfield looked to us the pace from Kate Cross in the powerplay overs and hit her for two successive fours in the fourth over. It was the turn to spin that changed the match in the Lancashire Thunder direction. Sophie Ecclestone bowled the final over of the powerplay and made the breakthrough with her fifth ball.
Ecclestone and Alex Hartley attacked from both ends getting the ball to turn. Hartley bowled Atapattu through the gate and the game started to slip away. Yorkshire Thunder were behind the run-rate and looked to advance to the spinners and along with Threlkeld four of them were stumped.
It was again a display of young players mixing it with the big name internationals and Threlkeld who has played most of Lancashire Thunder games has clearly benefited.