Winfield-Hill stars in Charlotte Edwards Cup opener

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England prospect Issy Wong took 2-28 in Central Sparks’ win over Western Storm

Lauren Winfield-Hill struck 96 from simply 51 balls as Northern Diamonds cruised to victory over Lightning of their opening match of the Charlotte Edwards Cup.

Fellow England opener Tammy Beaumont made 59 in Lightning’s reply however they fell 39 runs wanting Diamonds’ 177.

Beaumont added 79 for the primary wicket with Marie Kelly, who made 46, however no different batter reached double figures.

Elsewhere, England gamers Amy Jones, Charlie Dean and Maia Bouchier starred in wins for Central Sparks and final yr’s runners-up Southern Vipers, whereas South East Stars started their title defence with victory over Sunrisers.

In Cardiff, England wicketkeeper Jones hit 52 as Central Sparks batted first towards Western Storm and was effectively supported by Abbey Freeborn who made the identical rating.

Some late hitting from Ami Campbell propelled Sparks to 156 from their 20 overs, having been struggling at 109-3 with simply 4 overs to go.

Storm captain Sophie Luff appeared in charge of the chase earlier than being dismissed by a spectacular one-handed catch at quick wonderful leg by Gwen Davies for 42, and the house facet didn’t regain any momentum as they completed 20 runs quick.

England prospect Issy Wong starred with 2-28.

At Hove, Thunder had been restricted to only 102-7 after spectacular bowling performances from Dean and Freya Kemp, who took two wickets apiece.

Anya Shrubsole took 1-18 on her Vipers debut, having signed as a player-coach after saying her worldwide retirement.

In reply, Maia Bouchier completed 48 not out as they wrapped up the win with simply over six overs remaining.

Lastly at Chelmsford, Sunrisers limped to 122-6 from their 20 overs and Aylish Cranstone completed 56 not out in Stars’ chase as they eased to a five-wicket win.

Whereas a lot of England’s centrally contracted gamers had been obtainable for the opening spherical of fixtures, however different key gamers together with Heather Knight (Western Storm), Sophie Ecclestone (Thunder) and Sophia Dunkley (Stars) had been taking part in within the Fairbreak Invitational competitors in Dubai.

However they need to return for the remaining fixtures, whereas Nat Sciver and Katherine Brunt may additionally function as their workloads have been fastidiously managed because the Ashes and World Cup over the winter.

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