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Diamonds and Rubies shine brightest

Ebony Rainford-Brent

Ebony Rainford-Brent goes on the attack during her 66 but it was not enough as Diamonds defeated Sapphires by 32 runs

Diamonds and Rubies both enjoyed straightforward victories in the first round of Super 4s 50-over matches.

Diamonds, who are led by England captain Charlotte Edwards, defeated Twenty20 winners Sapphires by 32 runs.

In a game which was reduced by ten overs per side due to bad weather, Diamonds batted first and posted a competitive 194 for eight.

Edwards top scored with 41, which included nine boundaries, while Fran Wilson and Katherine Brunt added 36 and 29 respectively. Charlie Russell and Daisy Gardner added some late runs to boost the Diamonds total.

For Sapphires, England pair of Laura Marsh and Heather Knight took two wickets apiece.

In reply, Sapphires suffered a double blow when captain Knight and Danielle Wyatt perished in quick succession, but Ebony Rainford-Brent, who made a fine 66, and Marsh joined forces to mount a recovery.

The pair put on 90 runs - a potentially match-winning partnership - until Gardner quashed their hopes of victory by dismissing them both as she finished with 3-35.

Wickets continued to fall in quick succession with Hannah Courtnell taking three wickets as Sapphires were bowled out in the final over.

In the other game of the day, Rubies cruised to a nine-wicket win over Emeralds.

Rubies

Rubies celebrate another wicket as they coasted to a nine-wicket win over an under-par Emeralds side

In another game reduced to 40 overs per side, Emeralds were bundled out for just 94 which proved to be an easy target for Rubies.

Sonia Odedra started the rot by taking the first two wickets before the excellent Holly Colvin, with 2-5 from six overs, and Katie Levick, who took 3-19, continued the terrorise the Emeralds line-up.

Only three Emeralds batsmen reached double figures - Kathryn Doherty top-scored with 24 - as her side lost nine wickets for just 45 runs.

Rubies were never in any danger during their reply, cantering past the victory post for the loss of just one wicket with 17.3 overs remaining.

Natalie Sciver impressed at the top of the order with 47 not out which included seven boundaries.