Vipers win Charlotte Edwards Cup as Anya Shrubsole bows out in style

  • Shrubsole helps Vipers beat The Blaze by seven wickets
  • Player-coach confirms she will retire at end of season

Southern Vipers retained their Charlotte Edwards Cup title in style at New Road on Sunday, winning by seven wickets with 34 balls to spare, after The Blaze made just 114 for eight in their 20 overs.

It proved a fitting swanswong for player-coach Anya Shrubsole, whose final act for her team was a return of 4-2-24-2, earning her the player of the final award.

Vipers openers Maia Bouchier and Danni Wyatt then followed up their century opening stand in Saturday’s semi-final with a 67-run partnership off 41 balls, which broke the back of the chase – Wyatt bringing up a 27-ball half-century.

In an emotional post-match interview, Shrubsole confirmed that she will be retiring from cricket after The Hundred, though she said she had not yet made a decision about whether she would continue as assistant Vipers coach after this season.

“I think through the course of this tournament it just became clear to me that my time was up,” she said. “I carried on playing because I really enjoy playing, but the pain element of it made it not particularly enjoyable at times, so in lots of ways it was a pretty easy decision to call it a day.

“I’ve got a lot of life left in me and I’d like to be able to walk around, take the dogs out for a walk, and for it not to hurt. I’ve played cricket since I was 16 – when you give that up it’s never easy, but I knew it was the right time.”

After thunderstorms forced players off the field on Saturday, the Worcestershire groundstaff pulled off a successful mopping-up operation to ensure play got under way at 10.15am on the reserve day.

The flooded outfield at New Road on Saturday
The flooded outfield at New Road on Saturday. Photograph: David Davies/PA

East Midlands team the Blaze, playing in their first Finals Day after their rebrand from Lightning at the end of last season, had resumed on 53 for four, 9.3 overs into their innings. They needed to come out swinging if they were to have any chance of making a competitive total.

Instead, they nurdled singles; Marie Kelly steadfastly made her way to an all-run 26 not out, off 36 balls. It took 27 balls after the resumption before Nadine de Klerk finally slapped Georgia Adams over the midwicket boundary.

Charlie Dean helped keep them quiet, picking up the wickets of Sarah Glenn – who drove straight into the hands of long-off in the 14th over – and knocking out De Klerk’s leg stump.

In reply, Grace Ballinger’s first over went for 17 as Wyatt and Bouchier (25 off 20) picked off boundaries at will during a mammoth 61-run powerplay.

  • Download the Guardian app from the iOS App Store on iPhone or the Google Play store on Android by searching for 'The Guardian'.
  • If you already have the Guardian app, make sure you’re on the most recent version.
  • In the Guardian app, tap the Menu button at the bottom right, then go to Settings (the gear icon), then Notifications.
  • Turn on sport notifications.

Bouchier fell in the seventh over, bowled by Glenn after swinging at one too many, while Wyatt was adjudged lbw to De Klerk just five balls after bringing up her half-century.

With just 27 runs still needed, a powerfully struck cameo from England’s Freya Kemp (13 off 8) whittled the total down, and Vipers captain Georgia Adams (16 not out off 12) then chipped in with back-to-back boundaries to take her side home.


Raf Nicholson at New Road

The GuardianTramp

Related Content

Article image
Southern Vipers sink Central Sparks to lift Charlotte Edwards Trophy
Southern Vipers picked up the Charlotte Edwards Trophy after beating Central Sparks by six wickets in the 20-over final in Northampton

Raf Nicholson

11, Jun, 2022 @6:28 PM

Article image
England face their first Test without Katherine Brunt and Anya Shrubsole
Five debutants could line up against South Africa at Taunton on Monday as England’s new era begins

Raf Nicholson

26, Jun, 2022 @7:00 AM

Article image
Anya Shrubsole: ‘To have a female cricketer on the Spoty shortlist is special’
England’s World Cup final match-winner completes a remarkable year on Sunday night but owes everything to her team-mates, she tells Vithushan Ehantharajah

Vithushan Ehantharajah

16, Dec, 2017 @7:00 PM

Article image
Beth Mooney guides Australia Women to dramatic T20 win against England
The Australia opener scored an unbeaten 61 as Australia chased down 154 to beat England by four wickets with one ball remaining

Raf Nicholson

01, Jul, 2023 @9:00 PM

Article image
England’s Dean in tears after Mankad run-out seals India’s ODI clean sweep
Fans at Lord’s booed as India’s Deepti Sharma ran out England’s Charlie Dean at the non-strikers end to seal a 16-run victory in the final ODI, with the tourists winning the series 3-0

Raf Nicholson at Lord's

24, Sep, 2022 @5:30 PM

Article image
Nat Sciver stars again as England clean sweep West Indies in ODI series
Nat Sciver’s 85 off 69 balls rescued England from 84 for 4, led her team to victory and took her to 833 ODI runs for 2022

Angus Fontaine

10, Dec, 2022 @3:56 AM

Article image
Heather Knight: ‘Watching the Lionesses was remarkable – we want a piece of that’
Before heading to South Africa for the Women’s T20 World Cup, England’s captain tells Ali Martin she is fired up by the WPL and a home Ashes series

Ali Martin

28, Jan, 2023 @8:00 AM

Article image
Women’s T20 World Cup: a guide to the 10 teams in South Africa
From favourites and serial winners Australia to surprise package Bangladesh, not forgetting Jon Lewis’s aggressive England

Raf Nicholson

04, Feb, 2023 @12:00 PM

Article image
England’s No 1: Ecclestone steps up with Ashes success in her sights
World’s best female T20 and ODI bowler takes on a more senior role at just 24 as her Australian friends visit for a busy summer of cricket

Tanya Aldred

18, Jun, 2023 @7:00 AM

Article image
Tammy Beaumont’s 208 makes history before Australia reassert strength
Tammy Beaumont set an England Test record with her double-century that took England to within 10 of Australia’s first-innings total before the tourists’ openers extended their lead to close on 82 for 0

Raf Nicholson at Trent Bridge

24, Jun, 2023 @5:45 PM