The Northern Diamonds won their first Rachael Heyhoe Flint Trophy, beating the Southern Vipers twice; Diamond had lost to Vipers twice before in the final but was dethroned on the third attempt
Last Updated: 09/25/22 11:04 pm
The Northern Diamonds beat the Southern Vipers to win the Rachael Heyhoe Flint Trophy at Lord’s on Sunday.
After losing to Vipers, the defending champion, twice before in the final, the Diamonds dethroned them this year on the third attempt.
In an interesting finish, the Diamonds won two runs to claim their first title.
They scored 215 goals for 9 goals, of which top scorer Lauren Winfield-Hill made 65 saves with 87 balls.
Her opening position was 87 with Linsey Smith, who hit 27 points overall, setting the stage for the team with Bess Heath and Leah Dobson continuing down the order of 44 and 34 respectively.
Vipers’ Georgia Adams won three runs for 34 runs and Paige Scholfield twice with 36 runs.
With the stick in hand, Adams scored 70 and Maia Bouchier reached 48 but finished 213-9 leaving Vipers only two runs behind the Diamonds’ total.
Winfield-Hill said: “To be able to turn things around, to love the game again and to relieve the pressure on myself is the most enjoyable thing. I love every game and that is reflected in the way I have performed. ” afterward.
“We got close to the Vipers a couple of times and we had a few wounds against them.
“I’m scared to every bit.”