Lamb hits stunning century as Thunder win
Emma Lamb became the first batter to score a century in the Charlotte Edwards T20 Cup as Thunder defeated Sunrisers by 71 runs to register their second win in the new competition at Emirates Old Trafford on Friday afternoon.
Timing the ball well and frequently striking it with considerable power, Lamb reached her hundred off 54 balls and finished unbeaten on 111 off 61 balls having hit 11 fours and three sixes. Her hundred is only the fourth to have been scored in senior domestic women’s cricket.
Unsurprisingly Lamb’s innings was at the heart of her side’s total of 186 for one in 20 overs and that proved to be far too many for Sunrisers, who finished 115 all out in exactly 20 overs.
Lamb put on 69 for the first wicket with Georgie Boyce before her opening partner departed for 36, caught at mid-off by Cordelia Griffith when driving Gayatri Gole. But that reverse only brought Ellie Threlkeld to the wicket with whom Lamb shared an unbroken stand of 117, Threlkeld finishing unbeaten on 26.
The same bowler also had two catches dropped, including one off Lamb, who was put down by Kate Coppack at deep square leg when she had made 90. Gole finished the innings with one for 37 but the most impressive visiting bowler was Grace Scrivens who conceded just 22 runs from her four overs.
Replying to what may have seemed a daunting target, the Sunrisers batsmen came out determined to play their shots but lost Naomi Dattani in the second over, brilliantly caught by Laura Marshall at deep square leg off Kate Cross, the Thunder skipper.
Another fine catch, this time by wicketkeeper Threlkeld standing up to Laura Jackson, saw the end of Scriven for seven and wickets fell steadily thereafter. Griffith made 34 and Amara Carr 25 but at no stage did Sunrisers look like overhauling Thunder’s total.
Fine run outs by Sophia Turner and Laura Marshall removed Griffith and Lissy McLeod as the visitors declined to 103 for six after 16 overs but inevitably, perhaps, Lamb could not be kept out of the action and the Thunder all-rounder took three wickets and two catches in the latter stages of the game.
She was even on a hat-trick in her final over but had to settle for figures of three for 16. Piepa Cleary also bowled well, taking two for 20 as Thunder strolled home.