Fresh Fit File – SE Stars vs Diamonds 2023
Northern Diamonds 140 for 8 (Armitage 82, Cooper 3-12) beat South East Stars 138 for 7 (Capsey 71, Corridor 3-20) via two wickets
Armitage top-scored with 82 from 59 balls on the Kia Oval, her 2d half-century of this 12 months’s pageant, to protected her facet’s 0.33 immediately victory after shedding each openers with simply six at the board.
With Tash Farrant holing out to deep sq. leg, the house facet have been floundering at 33 for three and Diamonds grew to become the screw with a miserly mixture of seam and spin that didn’t yield a unmarried boundary in six overs.
However Capsey capitalised on her first existence – with Corridor not able to carry on, stretching at mid-off – via smashing successive fours off Katie Levick and the usage of her toes to crack the spinner excessive for 6.
Capsey used to be put down once more via Leah Dobson at deep midwicket and, despite the fact that the fielder took her subsequent alternative, pouching a skier to take away the harmful Paige Scholfield and convey Corridor a 2d wicket – the wear have been achieved.
The seamer completed with 3 for 20, helped via Abi Glen’s smartly-taken catch at sq. leg to push aside Davidson-Richards, however Diamonds have been not able to eliminate Capsey till Glen had her taken at long-on within the ultimate over.
Capsey helped to deal with Stars’ momentum originally of the guests’ answer, clinging on at mid-off to gather the prize scalp of Lauren Winfield-Hill, simply after Dobson had perished to Freya Davies’ pinpoint throw from sq. leg.
Then again, Armitage counter-attacked, punching Scholfield’s first ball to the quilt boundary and dominating her third-wicket stand of 49 with Sterre Kalis – sooner or later damaged when Dani Gregory pierced the latter’s defences for 18.
Bess Heath proved a succesful foil for Armitage, dispatching Smith to the fence two times in an over to succeed in 19 from 18 – and the Stars skipper used to be left to rue lacking the risk to prise out her reverse quantity, shelling a mid-off catch off Cooper.
Armitage used to be sooner or later stumped off a Davies large with 8 required from 9 deliveries, however Scott held her nerve to dispatch Davidson-Richards over the infield and clinch victory for the guests.