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Live Reporting

Josef Rindl and Paul Grunill

All times stated are UK

  1. Signing off

    Southern Vipers with the trophy

    After 25 matches in 30 days, the Rachael Heyhoe Flint Trophy is over and no-one can dispute that Southern Vipers are worthy champions.

    They won seven games out of seven and in skipper Georgia Adams and Charlotte Taylor had the leading run-scorer (500) and wicket-taker (15).

    A total of 231 all out was less than the Vipers might have expected after being 150-1 at one stage.

    But after a decent start in reply, Diamonds were undone by Taylor's 6-34 as they were dismissed for 193, despite 55 by Sterre Kalis.

    Thanks for your company.

  2. 'The game is going leaps and bounds'

    Southern Vipers beat Northern Diamonds by 38 runs

    Southern Vipers captain, and Rachael Heyhoe Flint Trophy leading run scorer Georgia Adams speaking to SkySports:

    "I’m so pleased. The team has shown so much character. To have an unbeaten season, I’m so proud of the girls.

    "We really bat all the way down and we kept our eyes on 220, 230. We back our bowling attack to defend that.

    "The competition has been brilliant. Playing at grounds like Edgbaston goes such a long way. The game is going leaps and bounds in the right direction."

  3. The moment Southern Vipers won the trophy

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  4. 'We just didn't bat well enough

    Following her side's defeat by Southern Vipers, Northern Diamonds skipper Lauren Winfield-Hill told SkySports:

    "Credit to the girls for sticking in at the end their. We got it close when it didn’t look like we’d have a chance.

    "We did really well to drag them back. At the start of their innings we thought it was a 260-pitch so we were really happy.

    "But we just didn’t bat well enough and Charlotte Taylor bowled really well."

  5. 'I turn one in a million'

    Southern Vipers beat Northern Diamonds by 38 runs

    After taking 6-34 for Southern Vipers, Charlotte Taylor told SkySports:

    “Obviously a few weeks ago I got drafted into the competition. I never expected to play so to be here is brilliant.

    "It helps I’ve got a great team around me. I back myself to bowl on a spot and that’s what I tried to do and that’s what the team wanted from me.

    "I turn one in a million maybe. My balls just tend to drift away from the batsman, I’m not going to change my technique now."

  6. Taylor's six of the best

    Southern Vipers beat Northern Diamonds by 38 runs

    Charlotte Taylor took 6-34 as Southern Vipers won the Rachael Heyhoe Flint Trophy at Edgbaston. Relive the best of her wickets below.

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    Video caption: 'A poor dismissal' - Armitage falls for 26

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  7. 'The best team won'

    Southern Vipers win by 38 runs

    Daniel Norcross

    BBC Radio 5 live Sports Extra commentator

    "In all truth the Southern Vipers deserve it, they've the best team in the competition."

  8. 'Key wickets cost Diamonds'

    Alex Hartley

    England spinner on BBC Radio 5 live Sports Extra

    "You almost thought if the Northern Diamonds had another couple of wickets in hand they'd have won the game.

    "They just lost too many wickets at key times."


    Southern Vipers 231 v Northern Diamonds 193

    Phoebe Graham tries to sweep Vipers captain Georgia Adams but top edges and Paige Scholfield just about clings onto the catch running back from mid-wicket.

    Graham made 16 and Katie Levick is left eight not out.

    Adams' 80 - which took her to 500 runs in the competition - was the foundation of the Vipers total and a collapse from 74-1 to 96-6 left the Diamonds with too much to do, despite 55 by Sterre Kalis.

    Star performer, though, was spinner Charlotte Taylor, who took 6-34 for the Vipers and finished as the RHF Trophy's leading wicket-taker with 15 at an average of 10.13

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  10. Diamonds 193-9

    Graham 16, Levick 8

    Maia Bouchier is the new bowler, Phoebe Graham is on strike.

    She clips away to long leg for four and then swipes across the line to mid-wicket for a single.

    The final delivery is a full toss, but Katie Levick can make nothing from it.

    39 needed off 48 balls.

  11. Diamonds 188-9

    Graham 11, Levick 8

    Phoebe Graham flicks Lauren Bell down to fine leg for two and that is followed by another wide. Graham ends the over with a single and 44 more are needed from 54 balls.

  12. Diamonds 182-9

    Graham 7, Levick 7

    Great effort by Paige Scholfield who dives full length at mid-wicket but cannot hang onto a one-handed chance. Phoebe Graham picks up a single.

  13. Diamonds 179-9

    Graham 5, Levick 6

    Katie Levick belies her number 11 status with a glorious on-drive for four off Lauren Bell. The tall pace bowler has 0-37 as we take a short sanitisation break.

  14. Diamonds 172-9

    Graham 5, Levick 0

    Southern Vipers appeal for a stumping, but Phoebe Graham is OK.

    It's a maiden from Cjharluie Dean, though, and it;s now a question of when and not if the Vipers win the game.

  15. Diamonds 172-9

    Graham 5, Levick 0

    Katie Levick plays the final ball of Charlotte Taylor's last over to mid-off and there is no run. She finishes her 10 overs with 6-34 - incredible figures.

  16. WICKET

    Kalis c Adams b Taylor 55 (Diamonds 172-9)

    Game and set and almost match.

    Sterre Kalis tries to loft Charlotte Taylor but fails to clear Georgia Adams at mid-on.

    An excellent innings by the Dutch international, but it's surely all over now for her side.

    Taylor now has six wickets.

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  17. for Sterre Kalis

    Kalis 55, Graham 4 (Diamonds 171-8)

    Phoebe Graham takes two as Tara Norris returns for the Vipers.

    Sterre Kalis reaches a 72-ball fifty with a square cut for four, and then smashes the next ball over mid-wicket for another boundary.

    It is her third half-century in successive innings in the RHF Trophy - after starting the competition with three ducks.

  18. WICKET

    Langston lbw Taylor 21 (Diamonds 159-8)

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    Charliotte Taylor returns and there is her five-for as Beth Langston goes the same way as Jebny Gunn, leg-before sweeping.

    It's a huge blow for the Diamonds as Langston was providing batting well in tandem with Sterre Kalis needed - their stand adding 49.

  19. Diamonds 157-7

    Kalis 46, Langston 21

    It's a tough situation for Diamonds - they need to keep the scoreboard ticking over but preserve their remaining wickets.

    Sterre Kalis cuts Paige Scholfield for four and it's seven from the over. That's plenty at this stage.

  20. Diamonds 150-7

    Kalis 40, Langston 20

    Good use of the feet by Beth Langston who drives Georgia Adams away for four at the start of a new over. The pair are content for singles for the rest of the over as the Diamonds total reaches 150 - 82 more needed.