Four Finals Days. Two titles. The Western Storm have been a powerhouse of the Kia Super League, and were deserved winners of the 2019 edition after finishing victorious in 10 of their 11 fixtures.
ALL RIGHT ON THE KNIGHT
Who else but Heather Knight? With the outstanding Smriti Mandhana removed first ball in the opening over of Storm's innings it needed something special from the captain to complete a challenging chase and she duly delivered. Smacking an unbeaten 78 off 53, Knight was ably helped by Deepti Sharma, walloping a four to finish proceedings.
THE DANNI WYATT SHOW
It's Danni Wyatt's world and we're all living in it. With her second innings of the day, the England opener smashed her way to the top of the run-scorers chart, finishing on 466. Hitting 12 boundaries in her 42-ball 73, Wyatt stunned Western Storm, providing the Vipers a great platform from which to push on from.
BATES OF MIND
Wily with the ball and punishing with the bat, Suzie Bates produced a player-of-the-match performance to ensure Southern Vipers took up the available place in the final. Crushing Loughborough Lightning in the final over of their innings, just as they looked like they could move it beyond a manageable total, Bates took three wickets to restrict Lboro to 143. Then in reply, she got off to a rapid start, hitting 76 runs for the opening wicket with Danni Wyatt in a little over six overs. Despite the best efforts of Loughborough with some inspired late-innings bowling, the brilliant start Vipers got off to made the case straight forward.
ISSY WHISSY LET'S GET BISSY
You're going to hear a lot about Issy Wong in the next few years. She's rapid. Like, really, really quick. What you probably don't know yet is that she's also very fast at completing a Rubik's Cube. As if bowling at speed wasn't enough!
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