WOMEN’S CRICKET SUPER LEAGUE 2019
Rachel Priest hit a half-century as Western Storm retained their top spot with a 40-run win © Getty
In Bristol, Western Storm retained their top spot after a 40-run win over Loughborough Lightning on Tuesday (August 13), without a loss so far this year. Asked to bat, Storm put on 158 for 4 mainly on the back of a fifty from Rachel Priest and a Heather Knight’s 37-ball 45. In reply, Lightning only managed 118 before they were bowled out in 18.2 overs. While Lightning’s bowlers weren’t able to make too many inroads with Priest sharing stands of 47 and 64 with Smriti Mandhana and Knight.
In stark contrast, Lightning weren’t able to recover from their early losses, with England pacer Freya Davies, who claimed 4 for 27. Mignon du Preez was the top-scorer with 30 runs for them. It was the first instance of Storm defending a score after three straightforward losses chasing.
Brief scores: Western Storm 158/4 in 20 overs (Rachael Priest 55, Heather Knight 45) beat Loughborough Lightning 118 in 18.2 overs (Mignon du Preez 30; Freya Davies 4-27) by 40 runs.
In Liverpool, Yorkshire Diamonds snuck home with a nine-run win over Lancashire Thunder. Defending 152, the Diamonds managed to bowl out Thunder for 142 in the first ball of the final over. Opting to bat, Yorkshire were led by skipper Lauren Winfield’s 45-ball 56, adding 68 for the opening wicket with Alyssa Healy, who scored 30. Holly Armitage chipped in with a handy 33, but no other batter could get into double digits thereafter.
Thunder lost early wickets, but Harmanpreet Kaur kept them in the chase with a run-a-ball 37. The quick runs came from Emma Lamb, who scored a 14-ball 32, but losing wickets in a heap towards the end didn’t help their cause as they fell just short. Thunder are yet to get off the mark, having lost four of their four games so far.
Brief scores: Yorkshire Diamonds 151/6 in 20 overs (Lauren Winfield 56, Alyssa Healy 30, Holly Armitage 33; Kate Cross 2-31) beat Lancashire Thunder 142 in 19.1 overs (Harmanpreet Kaur 37, Emma Lamb 32; Katie George 2-16, Alice Davidson Richards 2-25) by 9 runs.