Western Storm remain unbeaten in KSL, Yorkshire Diamonds pick up first victory of season

Western Storm won their fourth consecutive match to remain unbeaten in the Kia Super League as they swept to a 40-run victory over Loughborough Lightning in Bristol.

Opener Rachel Priest shared a 47-run first-wicket partnership with Smriti Mandhana (29) and a 64-run second-wicket stand with captain Heather Knight (45) as the hosts got their innings off to a brisk start.

  • Western Storm vs Loughborough Lightning scorecard

Priest completed her maiden half-century of the tournament, striking eight fours in her 55 off 43 balls, before she was dismissed by Hayley Matthews. Storm posted a competitive 158-4.

Chasing 159, Lightning lost three early wickets as Matthews (2) was trapped lbw by Freya Davies, Chamari Attapatu (4) bowled by Claire Nicholas and captain Georgia Elwiss (12) caught off Knight with Amy Jones (22) run out having looked in good touch as the away side slipped to 55-4.

Mignon du Preez looked to counter-attack but Davies removed the South African and Georgia Adams in the 16th over as she finished with 4-27 to help bowl out Loughborough for 118.

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Meanwhile, Yorkshire Diamonds picked up their first win of the competition as they beat local rivals Lancashire Thunder by nine runs in Liverpool.

  • Yorkshire Diamonds vs Lancashire Thunder scorecard

Lauren Winfield’s half-century at the top of the order for the Diamonds, along with contributions from Alyssa Healy (30) and Holly Armitage (33), gave the visitors an ideal platform.

However, England spinner Sophie Ecclestone bowled Winfield for 56 and Yorkshire then collapsed – losing 5-33 – to finish on a competitive but perhaps below-par 151-6.

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