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    Fraser performed well with the bat in the pre-season 45-over game, but unfortunately, the Diamonds lost to the Sparks
Fraser performed well with the bat in the pre-season 45-over game, but unfortunately, the Diamonds lost to the Sparks
The Diamonds lost to the Sparksthe Diamonds lost to the Sparks. Source: Yorkshire CCC

Fraser performed well with the bat in the pre-season 45-over game, but unfortunately, the Diamonds lost to the Sparks

Catherine Fraser scored an impressive 79 runs from the lower middle order, but it was not sufficient to avoid defeat as the Northern Diamonds lost a 45-over match in Mumbai today.

Batting at number eight, the Scotland international hit eight fours and three sixes in 83 balls, after being tasked with a recovery job from 41-6 while chasing a target of 250. She contributed to a total of 180 all out in 43 overs, resulting in a 69-run loss.

Phoebe Turner and Lizzie Scott both took two wickets in four overs each to encourage the Sparks, who were inserted and totalled 249-7.

Seamer Ellie Anderson was the standout performer with 5-36 from eight overs, taking the new ball, while opener Chloe Brewer scored 68 and Emily Arlott added 58.

Both regions used nine bowlers each at the Kalina Air India ground, with no bowler bowling more than Anderson.

The Diamonds were captained by Lauren Winfield-Hill, as she had been in Friday's T20 defeat.

Unfortunately, Anderson took three early wickets, dismissing both opening partner Sterre Kalis and Rebecca Duckworth, and bowling out the unfortunate she, causing the score to slip to 6-3 within five overs.

Later, Anderson returned to get Sophia Turner caught for 16, and Fraser bowled the last wicket to fall. Turner bowled five overs for 15.

Phoebe Turner had a useful day, adding 22 to her 2-7 from four overs. She had trapped both Brewer and ex-Diamond Ami Campbell lbw in the first innings.

Lizzie Scott increased her wicket tally by 12, taking 2-33 from four overs, dismissing Bethan Ellis caught and Lexie Cantrill bowled.

Jess Woolston contributed 18 runs to the Diamonds' score, helping to restore respectability after their top order struggles.

Woolston, Rachel Slater, and Katie Levick each took one wicket. Batting star Fraser also bowled seven overs of off-spin, conceding 24 runs.

Diamonds captain Hollie Armitage made her senior England debut in the third T20 international against New Zealand in Nelson.

Armitage, who is 26 years old, came into the game as a concussion substitute to replace Sarah Glenn, who was injured while fielding.

However, Armitage only managed to score one run as England, chasing a target of 156, slipped from 127-2 in the 16th over to 152-8 in the 20th. Bess Heath also played but only scored three runs.

Currently, England leads the five-match series 2-1.

The Diamonds are expected to arrive back in the UK from India on Tuesday.

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