Kirstie Gordon believes a full performance is still in the offing for The Blaze, despite her side beginning their Charlotte Edwards Cup campaign with four wins from four games. 

Beth Harmer has been added to the squad which beat Central Sparks at Trent Bridge, as Thunder host The Blaze at Old Trafford. 

The hosts defended 137 by ten runs against the Sparks in Nottinghamshire, the foundations for which were laid by Kathryn Bryce’s second fifty in as many games and a commendable all-round bowling performance from the East Midlands outfit. 

It continued The Blaze’s unbeaten streak in the 20 over competition with the South East Stars the only other side not to have suffered defeat in their playable games thus far. 

But captain Gordon’s high standards mean she is demanding more from last year’s runners up. 

“We don't really want to make a habit of being under par with the bat but credit to the bowlers for another great effort,” she said after the Sparks victory. 

“To be four from four is very exciting and it just shows that when we do fire with the bat, which I feel is getting closer and closer. 

“We are going to hopefully put in some performances that show us as a really complete side.”

Gordon also singled out compatriot Bryce for her performance, which also included two wickets and valuable contributions on a leadership front. 

Gordon assumed the captaincy from Bryce at the start of the 2023 season, while the latter has recently gone on to lead Scotland to their first World Cup. 

“It's great having Kathryn back with us, she's made a huge difference,” Gordon said.

“She's my best mate and it is great to have her experience alongside me, another senior head to help with decision making.

"She showed her class batting through a sticky situation with Sarah when we were two down early. The way she went up through the gears was fantastic and she's given us another talismanic innings.”