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Kia Super League Preview: Western Storm v Loughborough Lightning

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14:38 – WESTERN STORM WIN BY 5 WICKETS!

14:22 – WICKET: Wilson skies one to backward point and departs for 10. Storm 77/4 and need 32 from 27 balls

14:09 – WICKET: Hennessy is caught at mid-wicket and Storm are 62/3

13:56 – WICKET: Knight is run-out for 24 and Storm are 41/2 from 8.4 overs

13:51 – Storm 33/1

13:38 – Storm 8/1 from 3.3 overs

13:14 – Lightning end 108/9 with Taylor taking 4/5 from 4 overs!

12:49 – Lightning 73/6 with Stafanie Taylor doing the damage!

12:35 – Odedra is stumped for 0 and Lightning are 59/4

12:15 – OUT! Jones hits Davies straight to Nicholas at mid-on! Lightning 30/1 after 4 overs

12:09 – Lightning 25/0 from 3 overs

11:35 – Storm win the toss and elect to bowl first

09:50 – Good morning from the Cooper Associates County Ground. The Western Storm are back in action today here in Taunton, taking on Loughborough Lightning at midday.

Match Preview

Western Storm hope to make home comforts count in their favour when they go up against Loughborough Lightning in the Kia Super League at the Cooper Associates County Ground tomorrow (Saturday).

In need of a victory to give their campaign lift-off in the wake of a nine-wicket opening-day defeat at the hands of defending champions Southern Vipers, the Storm make their long-awaited homecoming when they return to Taunton to contest the first part of a double header that also sees Somerset take on Kent Spitfires in the group stages of the NatWest T20 Blast.

Head Coach Trevor Griffin believes a full-house crowd can inspire his players to stay one step ahead of the Lightning, who pushed them all the way in the race to appear at Finals Day 12 months ago.¬†“We love playing at Taunton,” he said. “The venue has been really kind to us in the past and we won both games we played there last summer. The players just love performing there.

“It’s a double header, with Somerset playing after our game has finished, so there will be a big crowd and a great atmosphere inside the ground. Hopefully that will lift the players and inspire them to give their best.

“The facilities are top-notch at Taunton and they always prepare good wickets for us. The crowd are very supportive of us and, after beating Southern Vipers there last season, we feel confident playing at home. It will be the same when we play at Bristol later in the month.”

 

Following their opening day defeat the Head Coch knows that it is vital for his team to bounce back on Saturday. “Obviously that wasn’t the way that we wanted to start the tournament,” he said. “The fact that we can go again so quickly and put that right is good news for us. It’s not ideal to lose your first game but we’ve still got four fixtures to go. The key thing is that we go out there tomorrow and put in a performance that we know that we are capable of.”

England bowler Anya Shrubsole is still recovering from a side strain and faces a late fitness test as Trevor explained: “Anya has had some tests with our physio and an ECB physio today and we will make a final decision in the morning. Any team would miss a player of her quality but it gives someone else the opportunity to step up and show what they can do.”

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