Southern Vipers 143 for 4 (Boucher 51, McCaughan 47) beat South East Stars 139 (Spence 45, Norris 3-29) by six wickets
Southern Vipers will play Northern Diamonds within the closing of the Rachael Heyhoe Flint Trophy at Lord’s on Sunday, after they routed South East Stars by six wickets in Wednesday’s eliminator at Beckenham.
Beckenham could have a repute as a batters’ paradise, however when play began at 10.30am situations had been overcast, damp and chilly. After successful a toss they might most likely fairly have misplaced the Stars selected to bat, solely to lose three wickets within the first 4 overs. Chloe Hill stumped Kira Chatli off Charlotte Taylor for 1 within the second over and Bryony Smith made simply 7 earlier than she edged Tara Norris behind within the third.
Norris then claimed her second sufferer within the fourth when Chloe Brewer was brilliantly caught within the slips by Bouchier.
After a partial rebuild, debutant Mary Taylor struck twice in as many overs. Phoebe Franklin was bowled for 15 earlier than Rhianna Southby was lbw for 1.
Paige Scholfield struck in her first over, trapping Ryana MacDonald-Gay lbw for 8 and Finty Trussler was simply seven balls into her spell when she bowled Freya Davies for 4.
Norris bowled Alexa Stonehouse for 11 and when Georgia Adams ran out Eva Gray for 1, deflecting a straight drive from Spence on to the stumps, the Stars had been 100 for 9. By that time, nevertheless, situations had been bettering and Danielle Gregory joined Spence to placed on the largest partnership of the innings, contributing 13 from 34 balls earlier than she was bowled by Trussler.
The solar was shining by the point the Vipers started the chase and with the required price below three-an-over there was little stress on the openers. Neither Bouchier nor McCaughan supplied the bowlers any encouragement as they cruised in direction of the goal.
Bouchier strolled previous 50 with a single to mid off from Gregory earlier than she tried to drag Davies and performed on. McCaughan holed out to Smith and was caught by Davies at lengthy on however by then the guests solely wanted 30 to win.
Franklin subsequently bowled Adams for one with a ball that nipped again, however Scholfield, having levelled the scores with a six over lengthy on, was then bowled by Gregory’s subsequent ball for 11, leaving Emily Windsor to drive the successful boundary by way of the covers and sending them by way of to their third consecutive closing towards the Diamonds.