KSL 2019 Preview: Lancashire Thunder v Western Storm
Unbeaten Western Storm will be looking to make it six wins from our opening six matches in the 2019 KIA Super League when we travel to take on Lancashire Thunder at Chester Boughton Hall CC on Sunday.
Play is due to get under way at 2:30pm.
Western Storm are currently top of the KSL table with 22 points whilst the hosts are sixth with two points from five games.
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HEAD TO HEAD
The two sides have met on five previous occasions with Western Storm coming out on top on each time.
The last time the two sides met was earlier this month at the Cooper Associates County Ground, Taunton.
After winning the toss Thunder Skipper Kate Cross elected to bat.
Sune Luus made 62 from 48 balls and she was well supported by Harmanpreet Kaur (30 from 18) as the visitors posted a total of 141 for six from their 20 overs.
Claire Nicholas was the pick of the Storm bowlers, claiming two for 25.
The Storm reply got off to the worst possible start as openers Rachel Priest and Smriti Mandhana both fell to leave the hosts on 18 for two.
However, half centuries from Heather Knight and Fran Wilson, plus a rapid 22 from Sophie Luff saw the Storm to their required total in this dramatic match as the home side won by six wickets with just three balls to spare.
Western Storm will be without injured duo Amara Carr and Danielle Gibson and will name a starting XI from the following squad: Heather Knight (c), Anya Shrubsole, Fran Wilson, Smriti Mandhana, Rachel Priest, Deepti Sharma, Freya Davies, Sophie Luff, Claire Nicholas, Sonia Odedra, Danielle Gibson, Naomi Dattani, Ellie Mitchell, Alex Griffiths and Nat Wraith.
VIEWS FROM THE DRESSING ROOM
Ahead of the match Western Storm Head Coach, Trevor Griffin said: “There are no easy games in the KSL and if you look at the game we played against them recently, you can see that they have real quality. Sune Luus at the top of the order showed her international qualities and they’ve certainly got some talent with the ball with the likes of Sophie Ecclestone.
“The players are in good spirits at the moment but we know that we haven’t played our best cricket yet. That’s really exciting for us because we’re doing really well without having nailed all three disciplines in one game yet.”
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