Grace Scrivens excels but Sunrisers sink at the last against Storm

Western Storm 164 for 9 (Scrivens 4-33) beat Sunrisers 160 for five (Scrivens 56) by one wicket

Teenager Grace Scrivens’ heroics with bat and ball proved fruitless as a last-gasp overthrow handed Western Storm a dramatic victory of their Charlotte Edwards Cup tie at Chelmsford.

The 18-year-old struck her maiden Sunrisers half-century with 56 from 42 balls, anchoring her aspect’s complete of 160 for 5 – their highest for the reason that event launched final yr.

Scrivens’ off-spin then appeared to have wrecked the Storm reply as she dismissed Danielle Gibson and England captain Heather Knight throughout the area of three deliveries, ending with figures of 4 for 33.

But Storm’s last-wicket pair of Alex Griffiths and debutant Sophia Smale – needing three off the ultimate ball – snatched an unimaginable victory because the throw from long-on sailed over the top of despairing wicketkeeper Scarlett Hughes and away to the fence.

Sunrisers, who had appeared sluggish of their earlier powerplay in opposition to South East Stars, shortly set concerning the Storm assault after being put in as Scrivens and Cordelia Griffith cruised to a 50 partnership from simply 26 balls.

Scrivens struck Lauren Filer for 4 consecutive boundaries, whereas Griffith’s crisp off-side drives took her to 26 earlier than she fell sufferer to a shambolic run-out for the second time in as many video games.

This time, Griffith stumbled on the non-striker’s finish whereas her companion drove in the direction of mid-off and referred to as for a single, leaving her stranded because the throw reached wicketkeeper Natasha Wraith.

A wily spell of 1 for 22 by Knight, together with the wicket of Mady Villiers for 11, helped to test the movement of runs, however Scrivens superior to her half-century from 35 balls and located a succesful ally in Jo Gardner (28 not out).

Having survived a stumping probability off Griffiths (one for 25), Scrivens finally fell after giving the identical bowler the cost, however Kelly Fortress (14) helped to make sure Sunrisers posted a aggressive complete.

Storm despatched Knight in on the prime of the order, however she misplaced two companions nearly instantly as Georgia Hennessy was caught down the leg aspect off Naomi Dattani and skipper Sophie Luff hoisted Scrivens straight to mid-off.

Abtaha Maqsood’s first ball introduced Sunrisers a 3rd wicket, with Fran Wilson stumped after lacking the leg-spinner’s flighted supply, however Danielle Gibson’s highly effective hitting, with 27 from 20, saved the guests in competition.

She and Knight added 41 in 5 overs – just for Scrivens to deal Storm a double blow as Gibson holed out to deep midwicket earlier than Knight, attempting to work the ball on the leg aspect, was bowled for 27.

Natasha Wraith’s belligerent 27 from 16 threatened to tilt the competition again in Storm’s favour – however, when she was stumped dancing down the monitor to Scrivens, it appeared as if Sunrisers have been residence and dry.

Nevertheless, Katie George’s 34 saved the competition alive and Griffiths, with an unbeaten 25 from 13, received it from Scrivens’ ultimate supply.

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