Southern Vipers 215 for 6 (Wyatt 53, Gordon 4-35) beat Lightning 214 for 9 (Beaumont 57, Norris 3-47) by four wickets
“We said as a team that we knew people were going to come after us hard and we’re the team that people want to beat so we’re chuffed to get a win at home,” Adams said. “I don’t think we hit our A game but I think it shows the depth that we have as a side and as a young side that we can still go out and win.
“It’s always great having Danni back in the side and every time I bat with her she always looks in great form, and she hits the ball in unusual areas. She wanted those runs and she needed those runs and I think that that will give her a lot of confidence moving forward.”
Wyatt managed scores of 17, 0 and 1 in the ODIs in New Zealand, while fellow opener Beaumont amassed 231 runs with three half-centuries from as many innings.
“Every England batter at the minute is scoring loads of runs, which is really good and it’s healthy to have that competition for places because it pushes you to be even better and to work extra hard and think that your place is never certain,” Wyatt said.
“It’s really good to have that pressure and yeah, it makes you want it a little bit more and it can only be a good thing having the competition for places.”
Adams survived two chances, on 18 and 28, amid a rash of fielding errors by Lightning, although Lucy Higham limited the damage when Adams struck a Gordon delivery to her at mid-on to put the Vipers at 60 for 1.
Wyatt brought up her fifty from 55 balls running three off Higham but she fell a short time later, advancing down the pitch to Gordon and driving hard to extra cover, where Beaumont took a strong catch.
Maia Bouchier struck an enterprising 21 off 26 before sending a ball straight up in the air and Sarah Bryce, running forward from her position behind the stumps, took a comfortable catch as Gordon celebrated her third wicket with a deafening shout of: “Come on!”
Beaumont’s half-century steadied Lightning after they faltered, having won the toss and chosen to bat first.
Both Bryce sisters fell cheaply, 20-year-old quick Lauren Bell had Sarah caught behind for a duck with the third ball of the match and, when Norris was introduced in the sixth over, she had Kathryn out fifth ball, skying a shot to Scholfield at deep backward square leg for 13.
Elwiss struck with her third ball, a beauty that uprooted Abi Freeborn’s off stump and when Norris trapped Michaela Kirk lbw for nought, Lightning were in trouble.
Beaumont did her best to restore calm as wickets fell around her. She struck Charlotte Taylor, last year’s leading wicket-taker, for four down the ground – one of six boundaries for Beaumont in total – before Taylor responded with the first ball of her next over as Odedra cut a wide delivery straight to point, where Dean took a simple catch.
Beaumont found a willing partner in Higham and the pair put on a valuable 59 runs for the sixth wicket. Beaumont brought up her fifty running two off Dean and turned Dean’s next ball through fine leg for four. Dean had the final say, however, when Beaumont miscued a pull and was caught at square leg by Norris for 57.
Higham was caught by Dean off Norris when she top-edged a pull to deep square leg, ending a handy knock of 32 and leaving it to the Graves twins to try and lift Lightning’s innings towards the 200 mark. Teresa Graves’ pull shot off Norris over deep square leg for six brought up her team’s 150 and she and sister Yvonne picked off 10 runs from the 45th over, bowled by Dean.
But Dean had Teresa out next over, chipping straight to Adams at midwicket, ending her knock on 32 and the union with her sibling worth 34 with Lightning 196 for 8.
Yvonne remained not out 22 but Lightning laboured to boost their total, the final over, bowled by Adams, yielding just one run and the wicket of Gordon, caught in the deep by Elwiss, as the visitors closed on 214 for 9.
Vipers conceded 23 extras, including 11 wides and two no balls by Bell, which will require some attention as they prepare for their next match, against South East Stars at Beckenham on Monday.
Valkerie Baynes is a general editor at ESPNcricinfo
Jofra Archer ruled out of all cricket for the rest of 2021 after recurrence of elbow fracture
The England seamer will play no part in the Test series against India, the T20 World Cup or the Ashes
Archer, the England fast bowler, was forced home from the tour of India at the start of the year and subsequently forced to pull out of the IPL due to pain in the elbow. He underwent surgery to remove a bone fragment from the elbow in May.
After returning to bowling with his county side, Sussex, in recent weeks he felt increasing discomfort and was sent for further scans. These revealed he had suffered a recurrence of the stress fracture that first became apparent in South Africa at the start of 2020. The ECB insists that the operation and stress fracture are not connected.
As a result, the ECB has announced he will play no part in the LV= Insurance Test series against India, the T20 World Cup or the Ashes.
Given that he has only played six Tests, three ODIs and 11 T20Is since he was first troubled by the problem, the news is bound to raise question marks about Archer’s future career. While he is, at 26, young enough to come again, it remains to be seen if he will opt to limit himself to a career in white-ball cricket in a bid to alleviate further such issues.
The news is a crushing blow to England’s Ashes hopes. They had aimed to utilise an attack including Archer, Mark Wood and Ollie Stone in Australia with hope of exploiting the pace and bounce in the surfaces. Stone, too, is currently recovering from a stress fracture of the lower back.
Whatever occurs in Archer’s future, his place in England’s cricketing history is assured. As the man who led their attack throughout the 2019 World Cup – including bowling the Super Over in the final – he played a huge part in their success. He produced several spells in the Ashes series that followed – notably at Lord’s – which were as quick as anything produced by an England bowler in many, many years.
At that stage, it seemed Archer and England were at the start of an exciting journey. This news will raise concerns over how much more there is to come from him.
George Dobell is a senior correspondent at ESPNcricinfo
New Zealand’s Adam Milne eyes 2021 T20 World Cup spot as he keeps his rhythm going
Injuries have parched him of steady opportunities but he has been able play more consistently since the start of the 2020-21 BBL
Milne played only 12 professional games in a two-year period between November 2018 and December 2020, twice undergoing surgery on his left ankle, but has been able to string games together more consistently since the start of the 2020-21 Big Bash League and has been the standout fast bowler in the group stages of the ongoing Hundred to date, playing for the table-topping Birmingham Phoenix.
New Zealand are expected to confirm squads for those tours at the start of next week, though it is unclear at this stage whether Milne and the other players with IPL deals will be part of them. Milne confirmed he is expecting to fly to the UAE to fulfil his contract with the Mumbai Indians where he will link back up with Shane Bond, Mumbai’s assistant coach and his Sydney Thunder head coach and mentor.
“I’d obviously love to play more for New Zealand,” Milne told ESPNcricinfo. “I’ve had a lot of injuries over the last three years which has stopped me playing any cricket at all really, and you can’t play for New Zealand if you’re not playing any domestic cricket.
“It’s nice to be playing well over here, and I feel like out of all of the formats, I’ve got a really good record in T20. I know this is slightly different with the 100-ball format, but I’d obviously really like to be part of that World Cup team and there has been a little bit of communication behind the scenes back home.
“The hardest thing for a fast bowler is stringing a whole period of cricket together. It’s all been short-format for me, so it’s not as taxing as longer forms, but it’s been nice to be able to play consistently and gain a bit of trust in the body and get a bit of rhythm in my bowling. When you’re coming in and out, you’re not quite getting that rhythm, so it’s been nice to keep that going.”
Milne’s preparation for the Hundred was not ideal. He was due to play six games for Kent in the group stages of the Vitality Blast but one was washed out and he was forced to self-isolate for 10 days during the final two as a close contact of a team-mate who had contracted Covid-19.
But he has still managed to hit the ground running over the last two weeks. He is the competition’s fourth-highest wicket-taker with seven in his first five appearances, and has the best economy rate (1.02 runs conceded per ball) out of any seamer. He has also hit speeds of 93mph/149kph – only Marchant de Lange has bowled a fast ball in the tournament – and produced one of its first viral moments with an outrageous caught-and-bowled to dismiss Ravi Bopara.
“Obviously part of my role is to bowl fast,” he said. “As long as I can perform, take wickets and keep that economy rate low, I’m happy. I wouldn’t say the pace is irrelevant because it’s part and parcel of my job, but I’m not steaming in trying to bowl 100mph (161kph) because I’d probably rip my ankle off.
“The results have been really good. I’ve felt like over the last 6-12 months that I’ve been bowling well and – going back to the Big Bash – wasn’t taking the wickets I would have liked, so it’s nice to chip in with a few here, and keeping that economy low in these sorts of games is obviously pretty important.
“It was a mixed start for us: we didn’t perform overly greatly on that spinning wicket in Manchester and the Southern Brave game felt like it could have gone either way. But I think we’re in a good position with a strong team, good depth and a lot of exciting young players so let’s hope we can get on a bit of a roll.”
Matt Roller is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo. @mroller98
Live Report – England vs India, 1st Test, Trent Bridge, 2nd day | Cricket
India’s bowlers performed admirably to give them the advantage against England on day one. Can their batters push it home? Follow ESPNcricinfo’s live updates to find out (Please refresh the page to get the latest). Click here for ball-by-ball commentary. Also, here is our coverage of the match in Hindi
30 minutes, 7 overs, 6 runs, 1 review lost, 0 wicket
Gripping stuff as it often is in bowling conditions. England have chosen to open up with James Anderson and Ollie Robinson. Ideally you want to open with the best two bowlers, but possibly England want experience in each spell so holding Stuart Broad back for later.
In seven overs, England have induced 10 mistakes from India, but no edge has gone to hand. James Anderson has bowled four overs but not a single inswinger although he has flipped the shiny side on a couple of occasions. The ball is still swinging, but England have shown desperation in wasting their second review on Rohit Sharma. India have made 27 false responses and lost no wicket. England were bowled out in 93.
India 27 for 0 in 20 overs, Rohit 13 off 56, Rahul 11 off 65.
Ishant Sharma watch
We have Nagraj Gollapudi on the job. This is what he has to report
Every day since India arrived at Trent Bridge, Ishant Sharma has been undergoing what appear to be fitness tests: running lengths, bowling to empty nets, and training away from the rest of the squad. He was absent from the team huddles on Wednesday and Thursday, running through the paces while being observed by Indian trainer Nick Webb and physiotherapist Nitin Patel. On Thursday India bowling coach Bharat Arun had a quick conversation with Sharma, on what from a distance could have been about his follow-through where Ishant has fallen on all fours several times during matches.
However, the question remains: does Sharma have an injury or a niggle? The BCCI has not yet given an update, and insiders claim there is nothing wrong. Ishant last played in the WTC final against New Zealand where he was hit on his webbing and got a few stitches but was cleared fit during India’s preparations for the Test series in Durham.
Ishant remains a key player in the Indian fast bowling attack, and India would want him to be fit for a long series with four more Tests to go. Ishant has enjoyed bowling in English conditions, and is on the verge of becoming the first overseas fast man to take 50 wickets in the country.
Length and luck
A complicated, messy topic to start off the day then. We have all had the feeling Mohammed Shami and Jasprit Bumrah have had to work harder for their wickets in England than, say, Anderson, Broad, Boult, Southee and Jamieson. At lunch yesterday, we dug numbers to go with the claim. While Bumrah and Shami were getting a wicket for every 19 false responses in England, Anderson and Broad needed to induce around 10 false responses for a wicket. No fast bowler since 2014 has a worse ratio in England.
It can be attributed to two things: luck and length. Observers of sport – and practitioner, at least when speaking publicly – don’t like to acknowledge luck because it messes around with their idea of merit in sport.
Also there is logic to the idea that the fuller you bowl, the likelier you are to take the edge as opposed to beating the bat. On to length then, but we don’t have accurate data for lengths Anderson and Broad bowl in same conditions as Shami and Bumrah. However, yesterday when Bumrah and Shami got their wickets at around 10 false responses apiece, it kinda sorta checked out. Host broadcaster put out a graphic that said Shami had bowled 31% deliveries in the full zone as opposed to 19 in the World Test Championship final. Bumrah had taken it up from 26 to 35 after a wicketless return in the final.
However, what accounts for this? Kyle Jamieson, the most prolific bowler in the final, bowled the lowest percentage of deliveries in the full zone among all fast bowlers in the game.
Also the length bowlers bowl is not binary. They are also bowling to batters and to conditions. If they know a batting group is likelier to punish anything too full, you will see they will bowl a slightly shorter length. Does that say something of the England batters, who made quite a few driving errors against New Zealand too?
There is no evidence either to suggest that if you bowl fuller, nothing deliveries down the leg side will get you two wickets. It is all very complicated, and it is possible that both these assertions are correct: India bowled fuller, but were also luckier.
We will be keeping an eye on the lengths Anderson and Broad bowl today. Welcome to the Live Report on Day 2. India trail by 162 and have all their wickets in hand. The weather is fair to start off with, but there are showers forecast later in the day.
Sidharth Monga is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo
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