Central Sparks 153 for 5 (A Jones 80) beat Sunrisers 129 for 8 (Dattani 51) by 24 runs
Sunrisers, who came in as underdogs, proved to be tougher opponents than Sparks, the early leaders of the group, might have expected.
“It’s great to get the win,” Jones said. “That’s the most important thing. Batting wise, it was quite a tricky start actually. Their bowlers bowled really well, it was quite hard to get them away. Abbey Freeborn came in and just injected a bit of energy. I bounced off that a bit and then just freed up and we did well finding the boundaries towards the back the middle and back end.”
Sparks finished on 153 for 5 – a healthy total, but not an insurmountable one for a Sunrisers side who posted had 160 against Western Storm on Wednesday.
Whilst openers Cordialla Griffith and Grace Scrivens showed fighting spirit in the powerplay, Sparks reinforced their dominance in Group A. The promising 18-year-old Scrivens scored quickly from the outset she fell to Emily Arlott off the final ball of the powerplay and Glenn bowled Griffith with the first of the seventh over.