KIA Super League Review

The KIA Super League returned for it’s second year in 2017.

After losing out in the final to Southern Vipers in 2016, Western Storm were looking to go one better this time around.

Despite a disappointing start to the campaign, they did just that!

Here is a look back on Western Storm’s successful season.

Southern Vipers v Western Storm

The Ageas Bowl, August 10th 2017

Southern Vipers won by nine wickets

In a repeat of last year’s final, the Vipers and the Storm got the 2017 KIA Super League underway at the Ageas Bowl.

Unfortunately for the Storm it was their hosts who once again came out on top.

After winning the toss the Vipers elected to field and dismissed the Storm for just 70. They then knocked off the runs for the loss of just one wicket.

Western Storm v Loughborough Lightning

The Cooper Associates County Ground, August 12th 2017

Western Storm won by five wickets

A big crowd at Taunton welcomed the two teams and after winning the toss, Storm skipper Heather Knight elected to field.

An impressive performance from Stafanie Taylor saw the West Indies skipper claim four for five from her four overs as the Lightning were restricted to 108 for nine from their 20 overs.

Chasing 109 for victory, the home side got off to the worst possible start when Rachel Priest fell without a run on the board but Knight and Georgia Hennessy got their side back on track.

Taylor then top scored with 34 as the Storm came out on top.

Yorkshire Diamonds v Western Storm

York Cricket Club, August 20th 2017

Western Storm won by 10 wickets

Heather Knight won the toss, elected to field and an early breakthrough saw Yorkshire slip to eight for one. However, Lauren Winfield (58) and Sophie Devine (41) helped to ensure that their side posted a solid total of 160 for seven.

Chasing 161 for victory, Knight and Rachel Priest took the attack to the home bowlers. Priest took the headlines as she smashed her way to 106 off just 65 balls as Western Storm won by 10 wickets.

Surrey Stars v Western Storm

The Kia Oval, August 23rd 2017

Surrey Stars won by 52 runs

The home side were put in to bat and a blistering innings by former Storm player Lizelle Lee, who put on 103 for the second wicket with Marizanne Kapp, helped the Stars to a formidable total of 169 for 6.

The Storm never got to grips with their target and only a stand of 59 between Georgia Hennessy and Alice Macleod prospered before the last four wickets fell for six runs as they were all out for 117.

Western Storm v Lancashire Thunder

The Brightside Ground, Bristol, August 26th 2017

Western Storm won by five wickets

Storm Skipper Heather Knight once again elected to field and two wickets for Freya Davies helped to ensure that the visitors were restricted to a total of 122 for five. Amy Satterthwaite top scored for the Thunder with 44 from 41 balls.

Rachel Priest once again excelled for the Storm as she blasted her way to 52 from just 26 balls as her side eased their way to victory and a place in the semi-final

Semi- final

Surrey Stars v Western Storm

The 1st Central Central County Ground, Hove, September 1st 2017

Western Storm won by three wickets

Surrey captain Natalie Sciver won the toss but the Stars found run making difficult against tight bowling from Western Storm as they were restricted to 100 for seven. Anya Shrubsole was the pick of the bowlers, claiming three for 22.

The Storm also struggled, slipping to 17 for four with Marzanne Kapp returning figures of 4-0-11-4 before Stafanie Taylor guided her team to the final with 37 not out.

The Final

Southern Vipers v Western Storm

The 1st Central County Ground, Hove, September 1st 2017

Western Storm won by seven wickets

Western Storm won the second Kia Women’s Super League after an explosive innings from Rachel Priest set up an easy seven-wicket victory over Southern Vipers.

In front of a 3,500 crowd at Hove, Priest became the tournament’s leading run scorer with 72 off 36 balls as Storm comfortably reached a target of 146 with 12 balls to spare in a repeat of last year’s final.

The New Zealander unleashed some powerful shots around the wicket with ten fours and three sixes, including a brutal assault on Linsey Smith in the final over of the powerplay. Priest hit four boundaries and a six in an over that cost 25 runs.

Priest overtook Vipers’ Suzie Bates as leading run-scorer when she reached 71 and although she was well caught on the mid-wicket boundary by Danni Wyatt in the tenth over, Storm only needed 52 and Stafanie Taylor, man of the match in their semi-final win over Surrey Stars, and Sophie Luff had little trouble in knocking off the runs, although Taylor had to bat with a runner after suffering a hamstring strain earlier in her innings. They shared an unbroken stand of 57 with Taylor clearing the long-on rope to win the game with a six.

Vipers appeared to have set a challenging total on a good pitch when they posted 145 for 5 after they were put in.

Openers Suzie Bates and Hayley Matthews put on 47 in eight overs although both were dropped, with Bates reprieved on six and Matthews off the ball before she was athletically caught and bowled by West Indies team-mate Taylor, having struck six fours in her 31.

Bates came down the pitch to hit Jodie Dibble for a straight six and had moved ominously to 21 when Taylor trapped her leg before working across the line.

Georgia Adams went cheaply but Vipers pushed on through England all-rounder Wyatt and Mignon du Preez, who added 37 in five overs.

Wyatt (21) was superbly caught by Georgia Hennessy running in from long on and Dibble held a good catch at mid-off in the 18th over to end du Preez’ run-a-ball 31, but captain Charlotte Edwards rolled back the years at the end with a cameo of 20 from eight balls including boundaries off last three balls.

KSL Final images Courtesy of Getty Images

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