Heather ready for Kia Super League 2017
World Cup winning captain Heather Knight can’t wait for the 2017 Kia Super League to start.
Less than three weeks after leading her side to glory at Lord’s, Heather and her Western Storm team mates are now planning to go one better in this year’s Kia Super League.
The Storm lost out in the final to Southern Vipers last year but have an instant chance for revenge when the two sides meet in this season curtain raiser at the Ageas Bowl on Thursday.
How does Heather feel about going straight in to the Kia Super League so soon after the ICC Women’s World Cup? “It’s perfect timing given the momentum that was gained from the World Cup win,” she said. “Having the Kia Super League so close to the World Cup is great for the women’s game and keeping it in the spotlight.
“This is going to be another great competition and it’s been nice to get back in to training again with the Western Storm girls. It’s been great to catch up with everyone and they seem to be in a great place ahead of the first game. It’s an exciting time and the squad we’ve got is brilliant from what I’ve seen this week. We all met up about a week ago and I know a lot of the girls from last year but there are some new faces which has been refreshing. It’s been good to get to know them and I think it’s a stronger squad this year. There’s a bit more depth and a few more options, so that’s really exciting.”
The Storm will be without World Cup winner Anya Shrubsole for the opening match after it was announced that she has suffered a minor side strain. Whilst this is a blow for the team, Heather believes that it will give some of the squad the chance to make their mark. “Obviously Anya is a world class player, which she showed in the World Cup final,” she said. “To be without her will be a big loss but it’s a really good opportunity for someone else to push for a place. It’s a great opportunity for some of the younger players to show what they can do on the big stage, under pressure and against the best players in the world.”
Heather is convinced that this years competition will be even more successful than in 2016. “I think this Kia Super League will be even bigger and better than last year. It’s going to be lots of fun and everyone loves to play in T20 cricket. The fact that a lot of the games are on Sky adds a new dimension to it as well. There’s going to be some brilliant cricketers on show and the quality of cricket it going to be great.”
Western Storm’s full fixtures are as follows:
- Thursday 10 August– Southern Vipers v Western Storm – Ageas Bowl (Double-header with Hampshire v Glamorgan)
- Saturday 12 August– Western Storm v Loughborough Lightning – Cooper Associates County Ground (Double-header with Somerset v Kent Spitfires)
- Sunday 20 August– Yorkshire Diamonds v Western Storm – York CC
- Wednesday 23 August– Surrey Stars v Western Storm – The Kia Oval, London
- Saturday 26 August– Western Storm v Lancashire Thunder – Brightside Ground, Bristol
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