Newly contracted batting all-rounder Phoebe Turner top-scored with an excellent 62 off 76 balls, but Sunrisers survived a recovery from her and fellow half-centurion Sterre Kalis to consign the Northern Diamonds to a 50-over friendly defeat at Desert Springs in Spain today.
Turner and opener Kalis, who made 58 off 99, came together at 34-2 following two new ball wickets for Kelly Castle after the Diamonds had elected to bat.
They shared an impressive 112 for the third wicket to underpin a total of 211 all out, including the loss of the last eight wickets for 65.
Three of those went to Jodi Grewcock, whose all-round performance ultimately proved the difference between the two sides in the Spanish sunshine.
Leg-spinner Grewcock had Turner caught and bowled Yvonne Graves and Katie Levick in a 10-over spell which brought her figures of 3-24.
The 18-year-old then opened the batting for Sunrisers and top-scored with a measured 79 off 108 balls, an innings almost match by England off-spinning all-rounder Mady Villiers, who added an unbeaten 73 as she played as a specialist batter.
Grewcock shared 69 with opening partner Lissy Macleod before two Katherine Fraser wickets and one from fellow spinner Katie Levick raised Diamonds’ hopes of a comeback at 88-3.
Unfortunately, however, Grewcock and Villiers united to share 113 for the fourth wicket before the former fell to Graves’ spin with only 12 needed for victory.
Fraser and Levick were the pick of the bowlers for the Diamonds with 2-33 from 1-28 from eight overs apiece.