Southern Vipers 288 (Bouchier 64, Elwiss 64, Windsor 52, Ballinger 4-58) beat The Blaze 162 (Kelly 56, Taylor 3-15) by 126 runs
Southern Vipers received by 126 runs to ship them by to subsequent week’s Rachael Heyhoe Flint Trophy Ultimate, pipping The Blaze, who had led the desk all season in a winner-takes-all closing recreation of the group phases at Loughborough.
The South Coast group entered the final recreation, figuring out a bonus level win would carry them by. The Blaze additionally knew a win would assure a spot at Northampton subsequent Sunday.
The Blaze must attain a rating of 231 even when they did not chase down the 289 they wanted to win the sport and take all different permutations out of the equation.
Half-centuries from Georgia Elwiss (64), Emily Windsor (53) and Maia Bouchier (64), who lately scored 95 at Leicester for England in her first ODI collection in opposition to Sri Lanka, underpinned Vipers’ whole.On an overcast morning with the September dew nonetheless recent on the outfield, it felt vital to win the toss and bowl, which is what Kirstie Gordon, The Blaze captain, did and early on it regarded like the proper resolution. Kathryn Bryce and Grace Ballinger, who each who get quite a lot of early swing, saved the Vipers high order quiet. Ballinger made the early breakthrough within the second over, trapping Ella McCaughan lbw for a nine-ball duck.
The expertise of Georgia Adams and Bouchier steadied the innings; the pair added 102 for the second wicket and infrequently regarded in any trouble, however with runs troublesome to come back by in the beginning, it took Bouchier 25 balls to search out her first boundary. 4 extra fours and two sixes from the in-form worldwide adopted and each fell inside 24 balls of one another, Bouchier to a incredible low catch from Ella Claridge at a brief midwicket that by no means rose above ankle peak.
Runs have been flowing extra freely, which gave the platform for Elwiss and Emily Windsor to up the scoring price in a fourth-wicket partnership of 94. When the pair have been separated with the rating on 220 with 12 overs left, a complete of 300 plus was on the playing cards. The Blaze fought again, howerver, and Ballinger, with two wickets within the forty eighth over, completed with 4 for 58; with Josie Groves, with 3 for 64, was…