Thunder produce brilliant chase to defeat Sparks in 50 over preparations
Thunder Cricket produced a fantastic run chase of 243 to defeat Central Sparks in their first friendly ahead of their Rachael Heyhoe-Flint Trophy campaign.
Captain Ellie Threlkeld won the toss and elected to bowl at Ramsbottom CC with Sparks posting 242-7, with Eve Jones hitting an unbeaten 72 and Ami Campbell passing the half-century mark.
Thunder were able to reduce the visitors score with a flurry of wickets late in the innings, with Hannah Jones and Alex Hartley the pick of the bowlers with two wickets apiece. Laura Jackson, Phoebe Graham and Sophia Turner picked up the remaining wickets to give their side a competitive total to chase down.
Openers Rebecca Duckworth (37) and Alice Clarke (19) built a solid base as they shared a 31-run partnership for the first wicket stand, before Duckworth would go on to have a useful partnership alongside Georgie Boyce (29).
However, the key partnership for the hosts came in a half century stand between Danielle Collins (31) and Liberty Heap (25) as they attacked the middle overs from the Sparks bowling unit.
This was followed by 47 runs between Nat Brown (30) and Daisy Mullan (26) with some brilliant hitting, which saw Mullan put one out the ground.
However, as Brown fell to Grace Potts, Thunder required 18 runs with one wicket remaining putting the match in the balance.
But Mullan remained calm about the task at hand as she was joined by Turner, as the pair rotated the strike and hit two crucial boundaries to make the perfect start to their 50 over preparations.
Thunder remaining friendlies will take place next week as they travel to the south to face Southern Vipers and South East stars.