Surrey Stars beat Lancashire Thunder at Emirates Old Trafford
Kia Super League
A five wicket haul by Surrey Stars medium pace bowler, Rene Farrell, saw the Stars defeat Lancashire Thunder by 33 runs in the Kia Super League at Emirates Old Trafford on Friday afternoon.
The Stars won the toss, and chose to bat. After completing their 20 overs, they set the Thunder side a target of 134 to win.
It was a day of the spinners for the home side, as the Stars lost five wickets in their 20 overs, with all the wickets going to the Thunder spinners.
Danielle Hazell and Jess Jonassen were the pick of the bowlers for Thunder as Hazell finished her four overs with figures of 2 for 16 and Jonassen with figures of 2 for 27.
Thunder started off brightly as Jess Jonassen gained a wicket with her last ball of her first over with Lizzie Lee caught by Natasha Miles.
Then, Tammy Beaumont pathed the way for the Stars in the first part of their innings. Beaumont hit seven boundaries and finished her innings on 36 runs off 25 balls.
Natalie Sciver top-scored for the Stars with 40 runs off 36 runs. The England all-rounder's partnership with Sophia Dunkley-Brown (24 off 17 balls) saw the Stars post a total of 133 from their 20 overs.
England World Cup winner, Sarah Taylor top-scored for the home side with 34 off 30 balls. Taylor and Evelyn Jones built a strong partnership of 66. Jones hit two consecutive boundaries and four altogether, before she was trapped LBW off Stars bowler, Alex Hartley.
Taylor, was caught in the field by Grace Gibbs, when she tried to clip the ball to the boundary. Two wickets in two balls in the 14th by Rene Farrell resulted in Thunder being 87-5.
Then when three more wickets fell for just four runs, the Thunder side couldn’t recover.
Farrell went on to take two more wickets for the Stars and finish the game with bowling figures of five for 26, with the last ball of the game being the winning wicket at the end of the 18th. Lea Tahuhu was last in for Thunder, and was out second ball when she edged it straight to Farrell, who caught the ball low down.
Next up for Lancashire Thunder is a home game against Loughborough Lightning at Blackpool CC on Sunday 20th August.