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Watch: Final ball drama as four overthrows seal one-wicket win in madcap T20 finish

by Wisden Staff 3 minute read

An incredible finish in the Charlotte Edwards Cup saw Western Storm beat the Sunrisers by one wicket having needed three runs off the final ball.

In a topsy turvy encounter, Sunrisers looked to be home after three wickets in five balls left Western Storm with 17 to win off the last nine deliveries and just one wicket in hand.

A dot and two singles followed meaning that Sunrisers had fifteen runs to win off the final over which was to be bowled by the standout player of the match Grace Scrivens. Scrivens, 18, had scored a half-century in the first innings and had figures of three overs 4-15 going into the last six balls.

But 15 off six quickly became nine off five after No.8 Alex Griffiths struck a maximum. And alongside No.11 Sophia Smale, the two managed to get the equation down to three needed off the last ball.

Scrivens then bowled to Griffiths who struck the ball down to Mady Villiers at long-on. The pair turned for two to tie the game for the Storm, as Villiers looked to run them out and secure the win for Sunrisers.

However, Villiers’ throw would overshoot the wicketkeeper and beat the two fielders backing up to run away for four overthrows, and in turn, gift Western Storm victory.

Villiers, a normally fantastic fielder who has played 17 T20Is for England, was distraught after the game and was consoled by her Sunrisers teammates Naomi Dattani as Western Storm celebrated.

Sunrisers have lost their first two games in the Charlotte Edwards Cup this year, whilst this match was Western Storm’s first victory of the year.

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