Dani Hazell has urged her players to move on quickly after the Northern Diamonds suffered defeat in the Rachael Heyhoe Flint Trophy against Central Sparks today.

The Diamonds went down by seven wickets at Worcester, with the hosts comfortably reeling in a 162 target.

Hazell’s team, who lost a 50-over match for the first time since the 2021 final, slipped from 121-3 to 161 all out in a collapse they were unable to recover from in their second outing of the season. 

But they have an almost immediate chance to rectify the situation when they travel to Chelmsford on Monday to tackle the Sunrisers, who were also beaten today by the Blaze. Both teams go into that fixture with a won one, lost one record so far this campaign.

“We didn’t get enough runs, and we just didn’t win the key moments in the game,” said coach Hazell after today’s New Road clash.

“We got off to a really good start – a 50-run partnership between Lauren and Sterre was a positive – but we just lost wickets in clumps. Our lower order didn’t have the platform that we’d have liked.

“It’s tough because the 10.30am starts means the ball’s nipping around, and they have a very good seam attack. We weathered that storm, but then the spinners came on.

“It wasn’t our normal game management around when to pull back with the bat, when to go – that type of thing. But it’s all a learning, and I’m just really glad that we’re only two days away from the next game.

“It’s one that we’ve got to brush off quickly and go again Monday.”

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