result
Final, Northampton, Sep 25 2021, Rachael Heyhoe Flint Trophy
(49.4/50 ov, target 184)187/7
Vipers won by 3 wickets (with 2 balls remaining)
Player Of The Match
47* (97)
emily-windsor
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Emily Windsor, Tara Norris rally Vipers to title defence

Duo share unbroken stand worth 78 after Diamonds put them on the ropes

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Scorecard summary
Northern Diamonds183/10(49.2 overs)
Southern Vipers187/7(49.4 overs)
Jenny Gunn3/31(10)
Beth Langston2/40(9.4)

5.10pm That was much closer than appeared likely, first when the Diamonds put up what looked like a below-par total and again when Beth Langston removed both Vipers openers for ducks and Jenny Gunn sparked a middle-order wobble. But that unbroken stand of 78 between Emily Windsor and Tara Norris was the difference as the Diamonds struggled to take the late wickets they needed. Windsor scored a fantastic 47 not out off 97 balls and Norris was unbeaten with 40 from 44. The Vipers players are jumping for joy!

Fan : "Windsor doing the Dhoni version."

Emily Windsor is named Player of the Match. It was a close one and Georgia Adams, her captain, says: "Women's cricket is just on the up and it's so pleasing to see how strong these games are, we're putting on great games of cricket."

As the Vipers lift the Rachael Heyhoe Flint Trophy we'll leave you with thanks for joining us.

49.4
4
Langston to Windsor, FOUR runs

struck crisply off her toes, through midwicket and there it is! Vipers defend their title!

49.3
Langston to Windsor, no run
49.2
1
Langston to Norris, 1 run

edged to short third, the fielder stops it, but the scores are level now

49.1
Langston to Norris, no run
end of over 4910 runs
SV: 182/7CRR: 3.71 RRR: 2.00 • Need 2 from 6b
Tara Norris39 (42)
Emily Windsor43 (95)
Linsey Smith 10-2-40-0
Beth Langston 9-0-35-2
48.6
1
Smith to Norris, 1 run

worked to deep midwicket

48.5
4
Smith to Norris, FOUR runs

reverse sweep through the gap at third and that's an important boundary! Ticking those runs off now

48.4
3
Smith to Windsor, 3 runs

turns it round the corner, good fielding as Kalis relay throws in to Levick, they'll take three

48.3
1
Smith to Norris, 1 run
48.2
1
Smith to Windsor, 1 run
48.1
Smith to Windsor, no run
end of over 487 runs
SV: 172/7CRR: 3.58 RRR: 6.00 • Need 12 from 12b
Emily Windsor39 (92)
Tara Norris33 (39)
Beth Langston 9-0-35-2
Linsey Smith 9-2-30-0

We're down to a run a ball required off the last two overs

47.6
1
Langston to Windsor, 1 run
47.5
1
Langston to Norris, 1 run
47.5
1w
Langston to Norris, 1 wide
47.4
1
Langston to Windsor, 1 run
47.3
1
Langston to Norris, 1 run
47.2
1
Langston to Windsor, 1 run
47.1
1
Langston to Norris, 1 run
end of over 475 runs
SV: 165/7CRR: 3.51 RRR: 6.33 • Need 19 from 18b
Emily Windsor36 (89)
Tara Norris30 (36)
Linsey Smith 9-2-30-0
Beth Langston 8-0-28-2

Vipers need 19 off 18 balls, this looks like a close finish!

46.6
Smith to Windsor, no run
46.5
1
Smith to Norris, 1 run
46.4
4
Smith to Norris, FOUR runs

outside off and worked through the covers

Match details
County Ground, Northampton
TossNorthern Diamonds, elected to bat first
SeriesRachael Heyhoe Flint Trophy
Season2021
Player Of The Match
Emily Windsor
Emily Windsor
Series resultSouthern Vipers won the 2021 Rachael Heyhoe Flint Trophy
Match days25 September 2021 - day (50-over match)
Umpires
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Jasmine Naeem
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Neil Pratt
Reserve Umpire
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Sophie McLelland
Match Referee
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James Whitaker