Lamb and Threlkeld looking forward to Roses clash
Lancashire Thunder travel to Scarborough to take on Yorkshire Diamonds
Lancashire Thunder’s hopes of Finals Day qualification in the Kia Super League may be over, but that does not diminish the importance of Friday’s Roses clash with Yorkshire Diamonds at Scarborough (2.30pm).
The Thunder are not only searching for their first win from their eighth fixture this season, but this is the final Diamonds v Thunder Super League clash given the Hundred is coming in from next summer.
Yorkshire currently lead the battle 3-2, including a win at Liverpool earlier this month. Bragging rights are at stake!
Thunder all-rounder Emma Lamb, a bright spark in a disappointing campaign, said: “We got close to them last time. Hopefully playing away will give us a bit more fight and we can get our first win on the board - against Yorkshire that would be great.
“I’m really looking forward to it.”
Lamb will make her 28th KSL appearance at Scarborough.
She has scored 308 runs and taken 20 wickets with her off-spinners since 2016 and was honoured as one of the Red Rose women past and present to be capped before last night’s defeat against Loughborough at Emirates Old Trafford.
The 21-year-old said: “I’ve been playing for Lancs for I think nine or 10 years, and I wasn’t expecting it.
“It’s such an honour to play for Lancashire for so long, and to get that cap along with so many other amazing players was special.”
When all is said and done with the KSL, the Thunder will look back with frustration at not producing their best consistently enough across the four years of the competition.
But, no doubt, one of their very best memories will surely centre around wicketkeeper Ellie Threlkeld’s stunning performances with bat and then gloves in last year’s Roses victory at Emerald Headingley.
Threlkeld, now aged 20 but 19 at the time, hit a superb unbeaten 53 and then claimed four stumpings and affected a run out in a player of the match performance as the Thunder won by 33 runs defending 134.
Having only won one game in the first two years of the Super League - 2016 and 2017 - the Thunder then lost their first game last year before overcoming the Diamonds in front of the Sky Sports cameras.
They then went on to win four more games, including completing the double over Yorkshire, only narrowly missing out on a place at Finals Day.
“That game was brilliant, and it was a career highlight of mine, especially being against Yorkshire,” she said, having fashioned a recovery from 25 for four by sharing a century partnership with New Zealand captain Amy Satterthwaite.
“That game was really important for us as a team after a really disappointing first two seasons hardly winning a game. So to contribute to that was brilliant,” she said.
“From then on, we started winning some games. It was amazing really.
“After a good batting performance alongside Amy to help us recover from a few early wickets, Yorkshire gifted me a few stumpings.
“It was nice to show that I can stand up for myself with the bat as well as the gloves.
“It would have been nice to play at Headingley again this year given what happened, but I’m sure I will still look back on what happened when we get up there.
“Fingers crossed, it should give me a bit of a confidence boost. I can’t wait.”
Despite playing every game this year, and impressing with the gloves, former England Academy player Threlkeld has unfortunately been consigned to a bit part role with the bat.
She has regularly come in down the order late in an innings and is yet to reach double figures.