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Rachael Heyhoe Flint Trophy recap: Southern Vipers defeat Blaze in replay of 2023 final

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Rachael Heyhoe Flint Trophy recap: Southern Vipers defeat Blaze in replay of 2023 final

Chesterfield: The Blaze 278, Southern Vipers 281-6 – Southern Vipers win by four wickets

The Southern Vipers strengthened their position at the top of the Rachael Heyhoe Flint Trophy table after defeating the in-form Blaze by four wickets in Chesterfield.

In a repeat of last season’s final, the Blaze were seeking their 14th win in 15 games in all competitions, but as in both finals last year, the Vipers were too strong.

In the glorious setting of Queen’s Park, the Blaze were bowled out for 278 in 47.2 overs. Heather Graham, who took 6 for 39 against South East Stars last Sunday, was the top batswoman this time with 78, supported by Kathryn Bryce with 65 and Sarah Bryce with 48.

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Sarah Bryce is in top form (Nathan Stirk/Getty Images)

Mary Taylor took 3 for 32 and, after ending the innings with wickets taken by consecutive balls, is on the cusp of a historic event in the next match as she may become the first person to score a hat-trick by catching all the balls at third base.

The Vipers’ reply reached 281 for 6 with four balls to spare, thanks mainly to a stand of 136 between Georgia Elwiss (101 not out) and 18-year-old Abi Norgrove (career best of 64).

They came together at a turning point in the innings at 124 for 4 in the 22nd over and kept the pace of the comeback perfectly.

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