Kia Super League Preview: Surrey Stars v Western Storm

Inspirational all rounder Stefanie Taylor has survived an injury scare and will almost certainly line-up for Western Storm against Surrey Stars at The Kia Oval tomorrow (Wednesday).

Following back-to-back wins over Loughborough Lightning and Yorkshire Diamonds, the Storm head to the capital in search of a third straight victory but they feared they might be forced to negotiate arguably their toughest assignment so far without their star player. Taylor was struck on the hand by a ball during the ten-wicket triumph over Diamonds at York on Sunday and the 26-year-old West Indies international was taken to hospital, sparking fears that she could miss the rest of the domestic women’s T20 tournament.

Those fears were allayed when a precautionary X-ray revealed no fracture and Taylor was passed fit to resume training. She will undergo a fitness check before the squad departs for London, but head coach Trevor Griffin is confident that she will be ready to face the Stars.

“It was a major concern when Stefanie had to go to hospital,” he said. “She had some x-rays taken and fortunately they didn’t show up a fracture or anything else untoward. The physios will have a look at her before the game but all the early indications are that she will play at The Kia Oval.”

He added: “Stefanie has great skills and is an important player for us in terms of the balance of the side. She is also a leader and has a lot to offer off the field as well. The other players feed off of her.”

Pre-tournament favourites, the Stars beat defending champions Southern Vipers at the Ageas Bowl on Sunday and top the group with a 100 per cent record from three outings. They boast England’s Natalie Sciver and Tammy Beaumont among their ranks and have been strengthened by the arrival of Lizelle Lee, who played for Storm last year. Griffin admits: “They are the team to beat this year. On paper, they appear to have the best side and that has been borne out by results so far.

“We are going to The Oval full of confidence after a great win against the Diamonds and we are determined to get the job done rather than have to wait until the final game (against Lancashire Thunder at Bristol on Saturday).

“We are improving with every game we play and have still not played our best cricket. There is more to come and that is encouraging.”

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