Hollie Armitage was clearly delighted with her own performance – match-winning century against the Western Storm today. But the Northern Diamonds captain was more than happy to deflect the praise elsewhere to her team-mates. 

The Diamonds claimed a 10-run win in a 50-over game which was engaging throughout, topsy-turvy and, at times, very tense.

Armitage’s 103 was the standout contribution for the hosts, but others starred too. Emerging all-rounders Phoebe Turner and Abi Glen shone with bat and ball.

Glen claimed three wickets after hitting her maiden regional fifty. 

Experienced Australian Erin Burns also impressed with two wickets, taking them at a crucial juncture in the Storm’s pursuit of 276 which started well before ultimately falling at 265 all out in the final over of the day. 

“As a batting unit we have a lot to reflect on,” said Armitage, her side recovering from a sticky start at 89-5 this morning. “But, at the end of day, we’ve put a competitive total on the board and have got a win. That’s all that matters.

Phoebe Turner

Picture by Allan McKenzie/SWpix.com. Phoebe Turner shone with bat and ball. 

“When batters came in, Phoebe Turner and Abi Glen in particular, the way they went about their business made my job a lot easier.

“As an experienced player, these are circumstances where I’ve got to stand up. Luckily today, I stood up and helped the team to a win.

“The girls were really clear on their plans with the ball. We know Headingley is flat, and we had to be disciplined and try to hit the stumps as much as we can.

“All in all, the girls executed really well. We’ve won from a really tough position, and that stands us in good stead leading into the rest of the competition.

“We always know that at Headingley with a 10.30am start, the toughest period is going to be the first 10-12 overs. That’s why had I won the toss, I’d have had a bowl too to try and make the most of that.”

The Diamonds now head down to Southampton’s Utilita Bowl on Saturday to tackle the Southern Vipers (10.30am).

Erin Burns

Picture by Allan McKenzie/SWpix.com. Experienced Aussie Erin Burns impresses again with the ball. 

“It is going to be a big game, but every game is a big one at the minute. They’re coming thick and fast,” added Armitage. “You obviously want to start well, but we know this year there are some very good teams about. We’ll always have to fight. 

“If we’re on the ball down in Southampton, hopefully we will come out on top.”

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