One over into Storm’s chase, where they were chasing 111 for victory, the rain started pouring and lasted for over two hours. After the delay, Storm needed 31 runs from the remaining four overs according to the target as per the DLS Method. Needing more than seven runs per over Morris went straight to business, hitting 19 runs off Sophia Turner’s first over.
Thunder captain Alex Hartley then handed the ball to the star of the previous match against Northern Diamonds, Emma Lamb. She dismissed Morris with her first ball, stumped by Ellie Threlkeld, but it was too little too late for Thunder. Georgia Hennessey and Danielle Gibson easily steered Storm to a nine-wicket victory with 11 balls remaining.
Earlier, Thunder won the toss and elected to bat first. Georgie Boyce was dismissed by Lauren Parfitt in the second over of the match Emma Lamb continued her form to score quickfire 21. Parfitt came back to remove Lamb on the final ball of the power play and left Thunder worrying at two for 40.
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Piepa Cleary and Threlkeld looked primed to take Thunder to a big total but those hopes were dashed thanks to a double-wicket maiden from Morris. None of the batters could add much to the total as Thunder only managed to score 49 runs off the last eight overs losing three wickets and ended up scoring below par 110 in the 20 overs.
For, Storm along with Morris, Parfitt and Gibson took two wickets each. Gibson was excellent in the field taking three catches as well.
Brief Scores: Thunder 110/8 in 20 Overs (Emma Lamb 21, Laura Marshall 19; Lauren Parfitt 2/15) lost to Western Storm 36/1 in 3.1 Overs (Fi Morris 19, Georgia Hennessy 11*; Emma Lamb 1/11) by 9 wickets (DLS Method)