WOMENS CRICKET SUPER LEAGUE 2019
Western Storm continued their victory run that’s now up to eight games this season. © Getty
Despite Sarah Taylor’s 54-ball 73 on Wednesday (August 21), Surrey Stars fell short of the 160-run target by four runs at the Cooper Associates County Ground, meaning Western Storm continued their victory run that’s now up to eight games this season. Taylor was caught off Freya Davies in the 17th over after a 43-run stand when Stars needed 31 runs off 19 balls, and that put on the breaks in a run-chase that was going well after the early loss of Lizelle Lee and Dane van Niekerk. But Shrubsole’s last over combined with Deepti Sharma’s well-timed three-wicket haul ensured that Stars didn’t have enough in the tank on the day.
Earlier, Storm opener Rachel Priest got her side to a belligerent start with an innings of 44 off 16 balls. Deepti Sharma, batting at No 6, contributed with the bat too, making 32 off 26 to help Storm get to 159 for 8 in 20 overs. Natalie Sciver’s three wickets did trigger a late collapse, where Storm lost four wickets for five runs in a weak finish, but that wasn’t enough to beat Storm on the day.
Brief scores: Western Storm159/8 in 20 overs (Rachel Priest 44, Sophie Luff 32, Deepti Sharma 32) beat Surrey Stars155/8 in 20 overs (Sarah Taylor 73; Deepti Sharma 3-18) by 4 runs.
Georgia Adams’s 33-ball 50 and Kathryn Bryce’s 18-ball 32 helped Loughborough Lightning to 157 for 7 in the first innings. Lightning were 15 for 3 when Georgia Elwiss stabilized the innings with a 33-ball 38. In response, Lancashire Thunder got off to a decent start. Openers Sune Luus (30) and Tahlia McGrath (26) put up some runs initially but Thunder lost their way thereafter, with Kirstie Gordon and Hayley Matthews sharing five wickets between them. At 74 for 6 in 13.4 overs, rain arrived to cut the game short. DLS revised the target to 110 runs, meaning Thunder lost by 36 runs.
Brief scores: Loughborough Lightning157/7 in 20 overs (Georgia Adams 50; Sophie Ecclestone 3-17) beat Lancashire Thunder74/6 in 13.1 overs (Sune Luus 30, Tahlia McGrath 26; Kirstie Gordon 3-18) by 36 runs (DLS).