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Sparks bowler Em Arlott insists that the side must use the momentum they have to 'push on' and capitalise on a double game weekend coming up.

After making her 50th appearance for Sparks and receving her cap, Arlott discussed the first five games in the Charlotte Edwards Cup and hopes her and the rest of the squad can use the momentum already gained from the first three games to push on and cement a place in the top four of the table.

Speaking about the first block of CEC games, Arlott said: "We are trying to take momentum we got from the first few games into this next block.

"We showed great intent, so it's just about writing a few wrongs we had from the last two games. We are a strong squad and we have enjoyed a positive start to the T20's."

In the game against The Blaze at Trent Bridge last Friday, Arlott made her 50th appearance for the side and received her cap from Director of Cricket Laura MacLeod prior to the start of the match.

A big milestone for any player and it's clear how proud Sparks' number 37 was about the landmark.

"It was massively pleasing, it was actually really nice to look back on the 50 games I've played for Sparks. It's been a culmination of the last five years, but I have really enjoyed watching how everything has developed in that time.

"Obviously it's been a pleasure to be a part of Sparks and be in that family. Was also nice that my family could be there to witness it, so it was kind of my two worlds colldiing.

"Getting my 50th cap is a moment I'll look back on with fondness and the lovely words at Trent [Bridge] were nice too."

Moving onto the next block of T20 games, Sparks face a home double-header with the Birmingham Bears where they'll face the Northern Diamonds, which will be followed by a trip to Cantebury to face the South East Stars.

With just five matches to go until the table splits into the semi-final stage, Sparks sit third on the 13 points. It is key they take what they have achieved in the games already and use that to their advantage.

Arlott added: "Obviously runs on the board when you bat first in a T20 are crucial and in the Thunder game, we just didn't do that. So, I think having that intent and going out to take the game into our own hands will serve us better."


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