Lauren Bell shows bite as Vipers wipe the floor with Lightning

Southern Vipers 155 for five (Bouchier 41) beat Lightning 124 for 8 (Ok Bryce 54, Bell 3-12) by 31 runs

Lauren Bell underlined her England credentials with a spell-binding three for 12 as Southern Vipers swatted Lightning apart by 31 runs within the Charlotte Edwards Cup.

Towering right-arm swing bowler Bell is taken into account among the many favourites to interchange the internationally retired Anya Shrubsole and make her debut for Lisa Keightley’s workforce this summer season. She placed on a new-ball clinic to say two for 2 from her first two overs, earlier than she returned her career-best T20 bowling figures.

Maia Bouchier continued her wonderful begin to the season with a mighty 41 as Vipers garnered 155 for 5, earlier than Lightning spluttered to 124 for eight after Bell’s antics – with skipper Kathryn Bryce top-scoring with 54.

Vipers are actually two complete victories from two on this 12 months’s match, whereas Lightning are nonetheless but to safe a degree throughout two seasons.

Bell has a metronomic run-up which springs into an explosion of a excessive entrance arm and high-to-low motion which naturally brings prodigious in-swing. Marie Kelly tried to negate this by strolling down the pitch, however received cramped by a cross-seam supply to sky to keeper Carla Rudd.

Sarah Bryce tried the alternative and stayed nonetheless for so long as attainable. The Scotland worldwide received caught on her crease as an in-ducker knocked over her off pole, by way of a deflection off the thigh pad.

Bell’s sights had been now on England opener Tammy Beaumont. She drew a modern, just for it to fall agonisingly wanting mid-on, however criminology pupil Bell received her high-profile sufferer within the following over when she yorked her. She ought to have pouched a four-for just for Rudd to spill Teresa Graves – who lived a charmed life with Nancy Harman additionally dropping her.

Vipers merely stored it tight from then on, permitting the required fee to rocket. Kathryn Bryce’s battling 47-ball half-century apart, no Lightning batter previous 17. Charlie Dean claimed three for 23 and Georgia Elwiss two for 18 to finish the merely triumph.

Earlier, Vipers had been caught in and regardless of shedding Georgia Adams to a easy deep sq. boundary catch, Danni Wyatt and Bouchier used their textbook energy to contribute a quickfire 43 for the second wicket earlier than the previous was caught on the ring.

Bouchier, who started the marketing campaign with an unbeaten 48, discovered the center of her bat for the sweetest of sixes over midwicket earlier than advancing and pumping Lucy Higham again over her head for one more most.

Vipers, and Bouchier, had been slowed by an excellent thirteenth to sixteenth over battle again. Vipers appeared on track for an enormous whole at 100 for 2 however slumped to 110 for 5 – with a wicket falling in every over.

First Elwiss top-edged straight up off Piepa Cleary, then Kirstie Gordon bowled Bouchier by way of the gate with an exquisite arm ball earlier than Paige Scholfield superior and hoicked to further cowl.

Freya Kemp and Dean added 45 within the final 5 overs to swing the momentum again Vipers’ method, and the barometer by no means moved again after Bell dislodged the guests’ prime order.

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