Loughborough Lightning v Southern Vipers (1st Central County Ground Hove, 1 September) The scene was set. As for last year’s finals, there was razzamatazz, in the form of crowd-pleasing pyrotechnics and an opera singer.Both captains Tammy Beaumont (Vipers) and Georgia Elwiss (Lightning) gave interviews, live on SKY TV. Lauren Bell replaced Issy Wong for Vipers.
What may or may not turn out to be the swansong of the Kia Super League brought some high quality cricket to Hove for Finals Day. For a pleasant change the runaway winners of the league stages, Western Storm, carried off the Big Prize in front of a big crowd and the television cameras. In
If you were looking for your first win in ten, how would you prefer to set about it? Perhaps in a game reduced to 9 overs each, facing the hardest female hitter of a cricket ball in the world? (Australian commentators might like to dispute this claim, but in vain.) That is precisely what happened
Vipers v Diamonds (at the Ageas Bowl, Southampton, 21 August) – Southern Vipers 127 for 9 (Wyatt 59, Scholfield 24; Kasperek 4-16) beat Yorkshire Diamonds 124 for 5 (Armitage 34, Rodrigues 32, Winfield 23; Bates 2-27) by three runs. Transmitted on live TV from the SKY POD for outside broadcasts, commentators were pre-occupied about whether the England
Thirteen matches have been crammed in from Sunday to Sunday, finishing with three played in intense heat against the backdrop of a historic test win at Headingley. Last weekend’s hero was Danni Wyatt, who hit the first ton (110) of the competition to help Vipers trounce an ever more depressed Stars outfit. Her feat was
Nine matches have been squeezed inside a week, to leave players and staff gasping for breath. Western Storm have continued their serene progress, claiming five wins out of five, but in the process they have shown up the weaknesses of the competition as well as its strengths. For their latest contest they travelled up to