11.00 – Welcome to the Battle of the Vipers! We are at Brighton to watch Hampshire take on Sussex in two T20 matches. EXCITING NEWS that Sarah Taylor will be keeping wicket today for Sussex as part of her domestic comeback. Her first competitive cricket since 2019. Her quality endures!
11.02 – Ella Chandler and Maia Bouchier are opening the batting after Hampshire won the toss – Chandler fresh from helping her club side Aldershot to a big win against Hursley Park yesterday. Chandler edges Tara Norris’s first ball over the head of first slip – it’s all happening here! They take 9 off it – 9-0 after the first over.
11.10 – WICKET! After a couple of lovely shots, Bouchier miscues a pull shot and is caught at deep square leg. Good low catch from Cassidy McCarthy. New pro Tara Norris looks to have gained a bit of pace over the summer! Hampshire 17-1.
11.22 – WICKET! Chiara Green turns one into Charlie Dean and bowls her. 42-2 in the 6th.
11.39 – WICKET! Sarah Taylor is in the action and whips off the bails to have Fi Morris stumped off a wide – her trademark! At the halfway stage, Hampshire are 61-3 – Chandler 30*.
11.57 – WICKET! Sussex finally break the Chandler-Ariana Dowse partnership – Dowse falls LBW to Mary Taylor. The pair added 32 for that wicket – 88-4 in the 16th.
12.01 – WICKET! Some scrambling going on here – Abbie Whybrow has been dropped twice and had to dive to get home on the first occasion after ball-watching, but she is hanging on out there… Finally Tara Norris hangs onto a c&b and Whybrow goes. Hampshire 97-5 with 3 overs to come.
12.06 – WICKET! Mary Taylor picks up her second – Alice Monaghan clean bowled for a duck.
12.11 – WICKET! Chandler has been holding it together for Hampshire, but falls 9 runs short of her half-century – run out by a direct hit from cover. She’s looked in very good touch today so Charlotte Edwards (who is here watching) will be pleased!
12.18 – Hampshire finish on 114-8. Innings tailed off a bit towards the end, and Sarah Taylor picked up another stumping in the final over. Sussex probably favourites here.
12.35 – WICKET! That’s a big one. Last year’s star of the RHF Georgia Adams is bowled by Gemma Lane and trudges off for just 1. Sussex 1-1… and that brings Sarah Taylor to the crease. Looking forward to this!
12.48 – Alice Monaghan making Sarah Taylor duck and dive a bit in her opening over! Sussex 14-1 after 5 overs.
13.02 – WICKET! That is HUGE for Hampshire. Just as Taylor looked to be getting into her stride, Charlie Dean comes on and fools her with some uneven bounce – she is bowled for 28. Sussex are 42-2 in the 9th and behind the rate – could that be the tipping point?
13.08 – WICKET! Ella Mac never quite got going today and Fi Morris finally puts her out of her misery – she goes caught behind for 10 off 25 balls.
13.16 – WICKET! Dean gets her second – Norris tries to reverse her but is caught at short third man. Great running catch from Finty Trussler (who we’ve never seen before but what a brilliant name!)
13.22 – WICKET! Trussler chimes in with the ball now. Chiara Green mistimed a drive to Fi Morris at long on – well held by Morris. Sussex 57-5 after 14 overs. This game is definitely heading in Hampshire’s direction.
13.27 – WICKET! Monaghan beats Emily Spooner for pace, and she is bowled. Identical twins Taylor and Taylor now at the crease. Pity the poor scorer because no one can tell them apart!
13.32 – WICKETS! Trussler takes two in two! One of the Taylors (don’t ask me which) falls caught behind and then Cassidy McCarthy skies one. Sussex 64-8 after 15 overs.
13.35 – WICKET. Poor running from Sussex – Beth Harvey is run out for 1.
13.38 – Hat trick ball for Trussler! Taylor gets an edge but it flies over the keeper’s head.
13.39 – HAMPSHIRE WIN (by a lot). Fi Morris takes a brilliant catch in the deep and Sussex are bowled out for 67 in 18 overs. Finty Trussler finishes with excellent figures of 4-12.
14.40 – Play underway here in the second T20 at Brighton. Sussex batting first this time. They’ve been allowed to start a bit earlier than 3pm as both sides have agreed, as it’s “only” a friendly.
14.57 – Sussex 18-0 at the end of a very sedate powerplay.
15.05 – WICKET! Ella Mac swings and misses and is bowled by Fi Morris. Sussex 36-1 off 8 overs.
15.12 – After 10 overs, Sussex are 47-1 – have picked up the pace somewhat. Gads 25*.
15.18 – WICKET! Fi Morris gets another and it’s Adams this time, who is given out LBW. Got in a muddle with that one and didn’t seem to move her feet. 54-2 after 12.
15.20 – New batter Tara Norris is batting in short sleeves. It’s about minus 5 degrees. Brave, or stupid? 😁
15.24 – WICKET! Norris can go and put a jumper on now. Slashed wildly outside off stump and caught behind. Finty Trussler has another!
15.34 – Syd says that if this over was a spy novel it would be called “Taylor Taylor Taylor Spy”. (Charlotte bowling to Sarah and Mary.) Sussex 75-3 after 17.
15.46 – WICKETS! Mary Taylor stumped and Chiara Green bowled in the last over – two more scalps in the bag for Trussler, who has picked up 7 wickets in total today. Sarah Taylor stranded on 29*, while Sussex finish on 90-5, which Hampshire should really be able to chase… if the weather holds!
16.03 – Hampshire’s chase begins with an early WICKET – Bouchier holes out to deep square leg in the first over. 6-1.
16.15 – Ella Chandler has retired hurt. She was hit on the side of her helmet and the concern is obviously a possible concussion. Essential to take these things seriously so she is quite rightly coming off.
16.31 – Hampshire 40-1 after 7. Charlie Dean and Fi Morris making good progress.
16.48 – Hampshire 72-1 after 12. Dean 20* off 24 and Morris 34* off 34. They really are making short work of this.
16.59 – HAMPSHIRE WIN BY 9 WICKETS. Dean 26*, Morris 47*. A good day for Hampshire who finish 2 from 2 – both easy wins.