Report: Central Sparks v Sunrisers, Charlotte Edwards Cup
Central Sparks continued their perfect start to the new Charlotte Edwards Cup campaign as they defeated Sunrisers by 24 runs at Edgbaston Stadium.
In their first home game of the T20 competition, Sparks lost the toss and were put in to bat first. Eve Jones (27) and Issy Wong, opened but Wong departed early for five.
This didn’t stop the Sparks as in came Amy Jones who top-scored with 80 from 49 balls, including six fours and six sixes – the most sixes in a Charlotte Edwards Cup innings.
At the end of the powerplay, Sparks were 27/1 but finished the innings on 153/5 after strong partnerships with Amy Jones including Eve Jones who scored 27 from 31, and Abbey Freeborn who hit 27 from 22 to help the side elevate the total.
Sparks took the key wickets of openers Grace Scrivens and Cordelia Griffith in quick succession – the first caught by Wong off the bowling of Emily Arlott and Sarah Glenn got Griffith lbw.
Arlott (2/27) picked up another wicket in the ninth over as Jo Gardener nudged the ball into the gloves of Amy Jones leaving Sunrisers 60/3. Grace Potts (2/29) picked up her first wicket in the 13th over, bowling Sunrisers captain Kelly Castle for 12.
Hannah Baker came back into the attack and Mia Rogers was stumped by Amy Jones without scoring leaving Sunrisers 89/5 with just over five overs to go and continued this to dismiss Scarlett Hughes for one later in the game, finishing her bowling with figures of 2/20.
In the last few overs, Potts took the vital wicket of Naomi Dattani to send Sunrisers eight wickets down. Sunrisers finished on 129/8, with Sparks winning by a comfortable 24 runs. Glenn finished with impressive figures of 2/14 including a maiden over.