Surrey Stars vs Western Storm, London
Heather Knight’s 47-ball 62 meant precious little for Western Storm as Surrey Stars chased down their 158 for 5 in the final over. Knight’s contribution was nullified by a combined batting show – from Lizelle Lee (48), Bryony Smith (39) and Dane van Niekirk (25) – even as five of six Western Storm bowlers picked a wicket each. Tasked with defending six runs off the last over, Anya Shrubsole kept it tight by conceding just three off as many balls, but Sophia Dunkley Brown scored a four to complete the chase.
These two teams will now battle it out in the semifinal of the finals day on August 27.
Brief Scores: Western Storm 158/5 in 20 overs (Heather Knight 62, Rachel Priest 30; Dane van Niekerk 2-20) lost to Surrey Stars 160/5 in 19.4 overs (Lizelle Lee 48, Bryony Smith 39; Claire Nicholas 1-24) by 5 wickets
Southern Vipers vs Lancashire Thunder, Southampton
Lancashire Thunder’s late dash to try and achieve a final’s day participation ended in futility despite a stunning victory against Southern Vipers, courtesy third-placed Surrey Stars’ victory over Western Storm.
Vipers, the leading contenders for the wooden spoon, were on course for a winning end to the season in chase of Thunder’s 162/3 as Sara McGlashan and Maia Boucher seemed like they had it all under control following the departures of the top-four batters. After a 11-run 17th over, the chasers had 129 for 4 and needed 33 to get from 36 balls. What they achieved, instead, was an implosion that left them with returns of 24 runs in exchange for all the remaining six wickets.
Brief Scores: Lancashire Thunder 162/3 in 20 overs (Harmanpreet Kaur 44*, Nicole Bolton 43; Paige Scholfield 1-28) beat Sothern Vipers 153 in 19.4 overs (Danielle Wyatt 36, Tammy Beaumont 33; Sophie Ecclestone 4-20, Amy Satterthwaite 2-14) by 9 runs
Yorkshire Diamonds vs Loughborough Lightning, Leeds
Loughborough Lightning suffered a shock three-run defeat to stragglers Yorkshire Diamonds at Leeds but finished at the top of the points table after the Western Storm lost to Surrey Stars in another fixture. By virtue of their top-of-the-table finish, Lightning booked their place in the final of the 2018 Super League. Yorkshire finished second from bottom.
On the day, however, they let the relative comfort of their league position affect their performance against Yorkshire. The Diamonds opted to bat and were powered to a competitive total of 148 thanks to a 50-ball 76 from Beth Mooney. The 24-year-old Australian ‘keeper struck 10 fours and held her end up despite getting no significant support from the others – the next best score was a 30-ball 24 from Bess Heath.
In chase, Lightning raced to 83/1 off 10 overs with Rachael Haynes and Sophie Devine providing the early pyrotechnics. But the platform crumbled soon after in the face of some probing bowling from Katie Thompson, who captured the key wicket of Elysse Vilani in the middle order. Alice Richards and Thea Brookes too picked two wickets apiece and left Loughborough needing 14 off the final over. The visitors managed only 10 and will take an ‘L’ into the tournament finale.
Brief scores: Yorkshire Diamonds 148/6 in 20 overs (Beth Mooney 76; Linsey Smith 2-18, Kirstie Gordon 2-29) beat Loughborough Lightning 145/6 in 20 overs (Rachael Haynes 47; Katie Thompson 2-18, Thea Brookes 2-23, Alice Davidson Richards 2-17) by 3 runs.
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