- Sterre Kalis makes history with Northern Diamonds
Dutch international Sterre Kalis has made history at Lord's by winning the final of the Rachael Heyhoe Flint Trophy for the first time against the Southern Vipers with her team the Northern Diamonds (213-211).
Sterre: "Playing at "Lord's was like a dream for me. To become champion there makes it even more special."
The Northern Diamonds, batting first, were on 114/1, mainly thanks to a strong start by Lauren Winfield-Hill (65). After that, the Diamonds quickly lost four wickets, unfortunately including Sterre’s. Recovery by the middle order (Bess Heath 44) resulted in a final total of 213/9 in fifty overs.
The Southern Vipers' response started slowly, but captain Georgia Adams stood up with a solid 70. When she was dismissed in the 48th over, passing the modest Diamonds total became a challenge, with thirteen runs needed of the last over. That proved too big an ask, allowing the northerners to lift the trophy for the first time. In 2020 and 2021 the final was between the Diamonds and the Vipers as well, but in those editions the southerners turned out to be stronger.
Men's World Cup qualifiers in Zimbabwe and South Africa
The Dutch squad has been announced to travel to Zimbabwe and South Africa in March to play the last five World Cup qualifying matches. These are One Day Internationals as part of the Super League that offer the prospect of participating in the 50-over-world championship, which will be held in India in October and November this year.
Fixtures (ODIs, Super League):
21-3-2023 Zimbabwe Harare Sports Club Harare
23-3-2023 Zimbabwe Harare Sports Club Harare
25-3-2023 Zimbabwe Harare Sports Club Harare
31-3-2023 South Africa Willowmoore Park Benoni
2-4-2023 South Africa Wanderers Johannesburg