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Central Sparks bowler Emily Arlott says there's a lot of 'talent' in the Sparks team after a season opening victory over The Blaze on Saturday.

A brilliant team performance in the Edgbaston sun saw Sparks claim win number one of the season in game one.


On the 78-run win, Arlott said: “Obviously I’m absolutely ecstatic.


“I thought it was a good all-round performance from the girls. Everybody contributed which is always a positive sign in the first game of the season.


“We’ve come into that game off the back of about eight wins in pre-season, so to actually see that form go into a competitive game is obviously big. We need to make winning a habit.”


Bowler Arlott had a terrific spell, taking figures of (2-5) of seven overs. This was complemented by Issy Wong’s (1-25) in a strong opening partnership with the ball.


Talking about the bowling display, Arlott added: “Yeah, obviously I’m happy about it from a personal point of view, but I think it’s down to your bowling partnerships.


“I thought Wongi [Issy Wong] and I bowled and paired up nicely. Those figures are nice but wouldn’t have meant anything if we didn’t win, so to get the win was the most important thing.


“Happy I contributed but everyone has their days.”


Sparks will be on the road for both their next two fixtures, against Southern Vipers and South East Stars. Arlott is excited at the prospect of facing another two strong sides off the back of a win.


She said: “It’s just about taking the momentum and belief into the next few games, so even if our backs against the wall, we can still fight our way out of it.

“We’ve got the strength in depth in our team, everybody is sticking their hands up. We have so much talent.


“It’s an amazing sign for the team, hopefully going forward everyone can contribute across the year to hopefully get us in the direction of a trophy.”



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