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Rachael Heyhoe Flint Trophy: Central Sparks' Emily Arlott takes hat-trick in win over Southern Vipers

Emily Arlott finished with 5-29 to preserve Central Sparks' 100 per cent record as they stunned Southern Vipers by 120 runs in the Rachael Heyhoe Flint Trophy; South East Stars beat Western Storm, while Northern Diamonds hammered Sunrisers by nine wickets

Central Sparks players celebrate (PA Images)
Image: Central Sparks celebrated a surprise victory over defending champions Southern Vipers, winning by 120 runs at Hove

Emily Arlott took four wickets in an over – including a hat-trick – as Central Sparks thrashed defending champions Southern Vipers by 120 runs to maintain their 100 per cent record in the Rachael Heyhoe Flint Trophy.

The 23-year-old seamer trapped Maia Bouchier (1) on the crease with the first ball of her fourth over before claiming her hat-trick with the fourth, fifth and sixth deliveries. Southern Vipers vs Central Sparks scorecard

Georgia Elwiss (0) was also leg before, Charlie Dean superbly caught by the diving Amy Jones behind the stumps and Ella McCaughan bowled through the gate as the Sparks bowler finished with 5-29.

Arlott, watched by England head coach Lisa Keightley, could have had a sixth wicket had Gwen Davies not dropped Danni Wyatt on four.

The England international went on to make 61, her third successive half-century, but Vipers were dismissed for 104 in 27.5 overs and suffered their first defeat of the season.

It was a bad day for the Vipers, who dropped four catches and donated 34 extras including 29 wides, while Sarah Glenn's 40 off 37 balls helped Sparks to post 224 all out.

Alice Davidson-Richards' highest ever List A score helped South East Stars trounce Western Storm by six wickets at the Kia Oval. SE Stars vs Western Storm scorecard

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The Kent-born opener plundered 92, with a six and nine fours, as the hosts made light work of chasing down a victory target of 246.

Alice Davidson-Richards, South East Stars
Image: Alice Davidson-Richards hit 92 as South East Stars defeated Western Storm by six wickets

Davidson-Richards shared a second-wicket stand of 154 with fellow England hopeful Sophia Dunkley, who also fell for 92 shortly before victory was secured with 41 balls to spare.

Earlier, England skipper Heather Knight top-scored for Storm with 73, while skipper Sophie Luff made 55 in their total of 245-8 and Stars' Tash Farrant claimed 4-58.

Northern Diamonds sparkled in warm sunshine at Fenner's, demolishing Sunrisers for a meagre 53 and then making short work of the run-chase to triumph by nine wickets. Sunrisers vs Northern Diamonds scorecard

In the picturesque university setting, England opening bowler Katherine Brunt was at her destructive best, taking 3-11 and combining with Beth Langston (2-12) to skittle the Sunrisers top order and leave them reeling at 16-5.

Skipper Amara Carr offered some resistance, sticking around to make 17, but former England all-rounder Jenny Gunn (3-10) ran through the lower order, picking up Fran Wilson with her first delivery and claiming three wickets for just three runs.

Diamonds captain Hollie Armitage was keen to get the match finished quickly and she and Nat Sciver hit two boundaries apiece to bring up the total inside eight overs and inflict a nine-wicket defeat on Sunrisers, their third consecutive loss of the tournament.

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