Diamonds and Rubies unblemished
Diamonds and Rubies each made it two 50-over wins from two in this year’s Super 4s with comfortable margins of victory over Emeralds and Sapphires respectively.
Diamonds triumphed in a high-scoring match by 54 runs as centuries from captain Charlotte Edwards and Danielle Hazell trumped Tammy Beaumont’s hundred.
Rubies thrashed Sapphires by 98 runs thanks principally to five economical wickets for spinner Holly Colvin.
Edwards won the toss and dominated an opening stand of 72 with Amy Jones, who was trapped in front for 17 by Alex Hartley.
The England skipper proceeded to share a match-defining 223-run stand with Hazell before being bowled by Jen Halstead for 154 from 149 balls featuring 22 fours.
Fran Wilson fell cheaply in the same fashion to Halstead but Hazell finished unbeaten on 100 from 110 deliveries, including 13 fours, in a total of 307 for three from 50 overs.
In reply Halstead put on 53 with opening partner Beaumont until Deanna Cooper broke through. Beaumont and Helen Shipman responded with an 86-run alliance that ended when the latter was run out by Fran Wilson for 33.
Diamonds followed up with the wickets of Kathryn Doherty and Georgia Elwiss, the latter to Charlie Russell for 16, but the crucial blow was Beaumont - run out by Edwards for 128 from 139 balls with 11 fours. The academy team consequently fell well short on 253 for five.
Having chosen to bat, Rubies slipped to nine for two as Izi Noakes had Caroline Atkins and the dangerous Claire Taylor caught behind, the latter for nought.
However, opener Natalie Sciver and Colvin rebuilt, sharing a 78-run partnership. Laura Marsh had Colvin caught behind for 35 before Danielle Wyatt snared Sciver for a patient 57.
Spinner Marsh, who took 2-21 from 10 impressive overs, then had Nat Brown stumped without scoring and the innings began to fall away save for Anya Shrubsole, who matched Colvin’s score in a total of 173 for eight.
Sapphires began their reply encouragingly with Heather Knight and Ebony Rainford-Brent putting on 37. But Colvin had the former caught and bowled for 14, which began a collapse of seven wickets for 17 runs.
Rainford-Brent was Sonia Odedra’s second wicket, for 16, and Colvin then took control with the next four - finishing with sublime figures of 5-14 from 10 overs.
Lauren Onojaife was the only other Sapphires player to make double figures but she was the second of Shrubsole’s two wickets, on 14, shortly before Katie Levick’s breakthrough ended the innings on 75 from 35.2 overs.