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Preview: Northern Diamonds vs Central Sparks: Charlotte Edwards Cup

Central Sparks take to the road for an away game against the Northern Diamonds in their next assignment in the Charlotte Edwards Cup.

Match Details:

Game: Northern Diamonds vs Central Sparks

Competition: Charlotte Edwards Cup

Location: Headingley Stadium

Start time: 2:30PM

Date: Monday 27 May

Sparks travel to West Yorkshire with winning on their mind having started like a house on fire in the CEC winning both their opening two games against Sunrisers and the Western Storm.

During the course of the last two matches, Sparks have been strong with both bat and ball, seeing players produce some terrfic T20 moments. In the CEC opener against Sunrisers, Davina Perrin struck an unbeaten (79*), while at Taunton against Storm, Katie George took four wickets with a brilliant knock of (68) from Abbey Freeborn.

With confidence in the side, Sparks will be looking to continue their 100% start to the competition, while continuing Diamonds' poor start.

The Opposition:

Monday's hosts come into the game off the back of two losses, depsite starting the Rachael Heyhoe Flint Trophy quite well.

Danielle Hazell's side boast some top players in their squad, with the likes of Lauren Winfield-Hill, captain Hollie Armitage and former Sparks overseas player Erin Burns. All those listed have the capabilities to contribute in spades and will be players the Eve Jones-led Sparks need to watch out for.

In their last outing, Diamonds were beaten by The Blaze, and lost out to Lancashire Thunder before that. During the loss, Burns took five wickets in the four-run defeat. Sitting fourth in the RHFT table from six games, the hosts will be wanting to kickstart their CEC campaign agaisnt Sparks at Headingley.

Past Meeting:

The most recent meeting between the two sides was just over three weeks ago where Diamonds won by 1 run in a thriller for the neutral. Before that though, the sides met three times during a pre-season tour of Mumbai.

Over that period, it was Sparks who won all three outings but competitively, you have to go back to July last year when Diamonds got beaten at Headingley in a rain-affected 50 over matchup.

Team News:

Both sides will name squads for Monday's game later on Sunday, with Sparks having a full-complement of players to choose from apart from Issy Wong who has recently moved on loan to Western Storm.

How to Watch:

The game will be staged at Headingley Stadium, where tickets are priced at just £5 for adults, and they can be purchased here!

Alternatively, the match will be streamed live on the Northern Diamonds YouTube channel.


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