South East Stars 123 for five (Cranstone 56*) beat Sunrisers 122 for six (Griffith 26) by 5 wickets
The Stars opener, a key member of the aspect that claimed the inaugural title final September, hit an unbeaten 56 from 46 balls to make sure Stars chased down their goal with 3.2 overs to spare.
It was a strong fairly than dazzling show from the champions, who carried out properly within the subject to limit Sunrisers to 122 for six.
However tight bowling by the house spinners meant Stars have been depending on Cranstone’s knock to get them throughout the road.
However Griffith misplaced her wicket cheaply, despatched again after she tried an formidable single off Dani Gregory and did not beat Kirstie White’s throw to the keeper.
Mady Villiers (20 from 13) threatened to information Sunrisers in direction of a robust complete, inserting her photographs with precision and drilling Gregory for the one six of the innings.
Nevertheless, when Villiers steered Emma Jones into the arms of level, the house aspect by no means recovered, struggling one other run-out courtesy of Davies’ arrow throw from mid-off that took out center stump and left Mia Rogers quick.
Scarlett Hughes grew to become the third Sunrisers batter to be run out through the closing levels, with Jo Gardner a minimum of making certain Stars have been set greater than a run-a-ball.
If that provided Sunrisers a glimmer of hope, it was swiftly countered by Cranstone, who struck Naomi Dattani for six and 4 within the opening over of the chase as she and Bryony Smith set concerning the bowling.
When Capsey, who scored 14 from 10, fell to a sensible return catch by Grace Scrivens, that triggered a mini-collapse, with Alice Davidson-Richards caught behind making an attempt to reverse-sweep Gardner and Jones run out by Flo Miller’s throw from the deep.
Scrivens may additionally have accounted for Cranstone, however she spilled the prospect this time and the Stars recovered their composure to clinch victory, with White dispatching Kelly Citadel for the successful boundary.