Charlie Dean stands tall with bat and ball as Vipers claim T20 title

Southern Vipers 110 for 4 (Bouchier 32, McCaughan 30*) beat Central Sparks 109 for 8 (A Jones 27, Dean 2-19) by six wickets

England off-spinner Charlie Dean took two wickets and took half in a match-winning partnership with Ella McCaughan as Southern Vipers gained a maiden Charlotte Edwards Trophy title at Northampton.

A strong bowling efficiency from Vipers restricted Sparks to only 109 for eight of their 20 overs regardless of Amy Jones’ 27. There was a tangible sense of deja vu at Wantage Street as Sparks repeated their semi-final efficiency earlier this afternoon, shedding wickets at common intervals and limping into three figures.

Maia Bouchier contributed a fluent 32 within the run-chase earlier than Dean (7) performed the supporting function in a 41-run stand with McCaughan who struck a run-a-ball 30 to take Vipers to victory.

The victory means Vipers, unbeaten all season, have added the T20 trophy named after their coach Charlotte Edwards to their cupboard after successful back-to-back 50-over titles within the final two years.

Dean struck early, clear bowling Sparks skipper Eve Jones for six within the second over. Two overs later Sparks misplaced their second when Issy Wong (2) drilled Freya Kemp laborious to mid-on the place Bouchier took a well-judged leaping catch.

Amy Jones has been in ominous type on this competitors and Vipers thought they’d their prize wicket when the England captain was on 9, just for Adams to place down a catch at mid-off off the bowling of Anya Shrubsole. Jones then rubbed salt within the wound, hitting her former England teammate for 4 in the identical path as Sparks completed the powerplay on 36 for 2.

Jones had superior to 27 when she fell trying one huge shot too many, with Bouchier taking a superb tumbling mid-on off Dean.

Abi Freeborn (18) appeared to be constructive, coming down the pitch to drive Dean by way of further cowl for 4 to carry up Sparks’ 50 within the tenth over however fell shortly afterwards. Chasing a width ball from Georgia Elwiss she was stumped by some sensible glovework from Carla Rudd. When Ami Campbell was run out six balls later by Danni Wyatt, Sparks had been 61 for 5 and threatening the second batting collapse of the day after their nailbiting semifinal win.

Sarah Glenn (16) went on the assault in an try to offer Sparks one thing to defend. She uppercut Bell sq. for 4 and slog swept Dean over tremendous leg for consecutive boundaries. Her downfall got here when she drilled a ball from Adams straight again to the bowler. Adams then brilliantly ran out Emily Arlott in the identical over after diving to cease the ball off her personal bowling. to depart Sparks on 93 for seven.

Gwen Davies (12) was the eighth wicket to fall, run out by Bouchier earlier than Davina Perrin hit the ultimate ball of the innings for 4 over further cowl to shut on 109 for eight.

Wong eliminated the harmful Georgia Adams with out scoring early within the chase when Eve Jones took a well-judged catch diving ahead at quick cowl.

England T20 opener Wyatt took three boundaries from Grace Potts’ first over however was dropped at midwicket off the identical bowler on eight. Sparks had been grateful that the error didn’t show extra expensive as Wyatt was quickly caught at midwicket off Arlott for 20 (10 balls) to depart Vipers 37 for 2.

Bouchier struck Wong excessive over deep midwicket for 4 and reduce Arlott sq. for an additional boundary, however in any other case was content material to knock the ball round as she took Vipers to 50 for 2 on the finish of the powerplay.

Turning to spin for the primary time, Sparks made a right away breakthrough when Glenn trapped Elwiss in entrance, however Bouchier continued on her manner, pulling Glenn away for 4, and scoring throughout the wicket. Her innings got here to an finish although after a full and straight supply from Arlott knocked again center stump. It left Vipers on 72 for 4 needing 38 to win off the ultimate ten overs.

McCaughan reverse-swept Glenn for 4 whereas a large from Potts which flew away for 4 eased the strain additional. McCaughan sealed the win by pulling Wong for 4 by way of sq. leg. A pacy Arlott was the choose of the bowlers with two wickets.

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