Source: David Crawford / www.stillsport.com

Kia Super League 28th and 29th July 2018

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KSL Games played over the weekend 28-29 July 2018

Two odd events took place on the last weekend of July: rain fell, causing the Stars-Diamonds game at Guildford to be called off (a long, long coach journey for nothing for the White Roses); and a 6-over farce at Taunton, where Lightning were the visitors. For Western Storm, the winners, this was a triumph and valuable points pocketed. But for the game of cricket, it placed the bowlers on an even lower pedestal than ever.

The strike rates of the four Storm batters tell the story: Priest 192.30, Mandhana 273.68, Knight 0.00 and Taylor 350.00! The five bowlers, including three experienced internationals in Devine, Gunn and Elwiss, went for economy rates between 10 and 19.

In reply Lightning scored at a rate of 11.16 and lost no wickets. But they still went down by 18 runs, Storm having maintained a rate of 14.16, if you please. The shape of cricket in the 22nd century?

Scores:

Storm 85-2

Lightning 67-0

Cricket in more recognizable guise took place at Aigburth on the outskirts of Liverpool where Thunder faced Vipers. Having been starved of victories for so long, they are now acquiring a taste for them. They were indebted to their County captain, Eve Jones (69*), who saw them to 123 before Tash Farrant achieved a memorable hat-trick. 4 wickets fell for no runs!

Their total, 137-6, was useful but beatable. Suzie Bates (40), Danielle Wyatt (39) and Mignon du Preez (18), saw Vipers a long way home before the Thunder bowlers took control. Emma Lamb proved her worth with four wickets at negligible cost. From 104-2 Vipers subsided to 133-9. Nerves jangled. Bowlers proved they could determine the outcome of tight games.

Scores:

Thunder 137-6

Vipers 133-9