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CE Cup 2024, SES vs VP 2nd Semi-Closing Match Report, June 22, 2024

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South East Stars 162 for five (Dunkley 49) beat Southern Vipers 157 for 9 (Dean 43, Corteen-Coleman 2-23) by 5 runs

South East Stars held their nerve to win the prospect to tackle The Blaze within the closing of the Charlotte Edwards Cup, beating holders Southern Vipers by 5 runs in a gripping semi-final that went right down to the final over.

Though seven wickets down, Vipers fancied that their expertise would carry them by means of after needing 21 from the final three overs however two superb overs from Tilly Corteen-Coleman and Ryana MacDonald-Homosexual left them with a requirement of 10 off the ultimate over, the important thing second coming when Charlie Dean (43 from 29 balls) was run out off Tash Farrant’s second ball of that over.

Sophia Dunkley (49 off 34) and Georgia Redmayne (39 off 38) had earlier shared a second-wicket stand of 74 to present the Stars a powerful platform after dropping skipper Bryony Smith earlier earlier than Paige Scholfield cracked an unbeaten 34 off 22 balls to put up 162 for 5.

Danni Wyatt struck 34 from 17 to get Vipers off to a flying begin in reply however Corteen-Coleman (two for 23), Dani Gregory (two for 25) specifically bowled beautifully to present Stars the sting.

Having opted to bowl first, the Vipers dealt the Stars a giant blow within the fourth over when Bryony Smith hauled Dean over the midwicket boundary for her second six however skewed the following supply into the palms of additional cowl, however the Stars made a vivid begin nonetheless, with Dunkley assuming the lead function and Redmayne providing strong assist.

They turned 48 for one after six overs to 92 for one after 12, giving themselves a platform to set the defending champions a testing chase.

Vipers had been involved sufficient to show to left-arm spinner Linsey Smith in mid-innings slightly than maintain her again for the dying. It paid off, a flighted turning ball mixed with some nifty glovework behind the stumps sending Dunkley on her manner one wanting a half-century. Freya Davies bowled Emma Jones within the subsequent over to go away the Stars 109 for 3 with 34 balls remaining.

Scholfield’s clear hitting superior the entire by 36 in three overs and although they had been checked by a few good dying overs by Charli Knott and Davies, Vipers knew they would want to bat properly to win.

Needing a tad over eight an over, Vipers scored at nines within the powerplay, though at a value of two necessary wickets. England’s Maia Bouchier fell for 2, bowled behind her legs so as to add to the rising record of huge scalps acquired by 16-year-old left-arm spinner Corteen-Coleman. Australian all-rounder Knott hit 21 as she and Wyatt plundered 48 from 29 balls however the final ball of the opening six noticed her bowled by Smith sweeping.

A fair larger blow for the Vipers got here as Wyatt, wanting in ruthless temper and selecting up her second six in the identical over, hit Gregory’s leg spin down the throat of deep mid-wicket.

At 84 for 3 on the midway level, Vipers had been nonetheless properly within the chase however misplaced one other wicket in an eventful eleventh over that noticed skipper Georgia Adams caught off a no-ball and dropped off a reliable supply earlier than Freya Kemp was stumped as Gregory claimed a second success.

When Adams then grew to become one other sufferer of Redmayne’s sharp palms behind the stumps off some extra intelligent bowling by Corteen-Coleman, the steadiness was tilting within the Stars’ favour, an impression that was strengthened when Smith had Georgia Elwiss leg earlier than and Rhianna Southby was run out by a superb throw by MacDonald-Homosexual operating in from deep midwicket.

Dean now held the important thing. She eased the strain by hoisting Smith over the long-on boundary however a five-run closing over from Corteen-Coleman left Vipers needing 16 from the final two overs, which grew to become 10 from six balls after MacDonald-Homosexual’s final over restricted them to 6 singles.

The decisive blow got here with 5 balls left as Dean, on the bowler’s finish after taking a single off Farrant, as non-striker, dedicated to operating no matter Smith did on the different finish however was left hopelessly out of her floor as Farrant picked up the ball in her comply with by means of and turned to interrupt the stumps, Vipers finally ending six wanting their goal.


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