Unsurprisingly Freya Davies is the player of the match for her four-wicket haul that strangled Lightning. With this haul, she is the join-leading wicket-taker in this season's WCSL with Clare Nicholas. The Storm duo have seven wickets each to their name. That's it from us for today. Hope you had a wonderful time following the game here. Till the next time, tada!
The Storm's top order batters seemed to bat on a different surface altogether. Their openers quickly got off the blocks and made life easy for the batters to follow. Priest had a memorable day, with she returning among the runs. In the end, their slow end seemed to be an aberration. In riposte, Lightning could never adjust to the slow pitch and were never in the 159-run chase. Priest had backed her bowlers to vary their pace and that's what they did. The bowlers had a ball and Lightning batters could only walk in and walk out to bat. Who knows, they might have questioned their decision to become batters on a day when the Storm bowlers were running riot...
The ordeal ends...
Lightning 118 all out in 18.2 overs.
When the top order couldn't stand up to Storm's bowling attack, to expect the lower order to put even a semblance of fight is a bit too much. Lightning crumbled big time, losing their last six wickets for just 30 runs in the last 30 balls. Davies had a day to remember as she stood out with figures of 4-0-27-4 - her WCSL career-best. Odedra was the only unlucky spinner to not have a wicket to her name as the others made merry while the opportunity came. Knight, Sharma and Nicholas' strikes helped Davies and thus, the spinners, along with Davies' change of pace, stirred up a Storm!
Out, in and out!
Lightning 106/7 in 17 overs, need 53 from 18.
The saga of dropped catches for Western Storm continues. Gunn's hit to deep mid-wicket is grassed by Wilson again. Again, not a tough chance by any means. However, a ball later, Sharma gets her scalp as Gunn pulls one towards deep square leg. Luff stationed there takes a good diving catch to her right.
Lightning 102/6 in 16 overs, 57 required off 24.
Davies sent back Adams off the first ball of the over. She landed it on a length on a slower pace. Adams looked to turn to the on side but was early into the shot and ended up getting a top edge. It went towards covers where Dattani clung on after taking some steps backwards. A relief after all the dropped catches.
Off the penultimate ball of the over, du Preez holed out deep on the leg side, handing Davies her second wicket of the over. The end is nigh…
Same old story...
Lightning 98/4 in 15 overs, need 63 in 30 balls.
The girls in purple need a boundary every over. Instead, they are getting a dropped catch regularly. The latest to be added to the defaulters' list is Wilson. Knight had fired the last ball of the 14th over on a shorter length. Adams pulled it towards deep mid-wicket. Wilson came charging in and got low enough yet couldn't cling on. The glasses on her might have meant that she wouldn't have had her expressions being caught on camera. But we know a thing or two about feelings after dropping a sitter...
Lightning 84/4 in 13 overs, need 75 in 42.
Nicholas has bowled well. But that's not all that counts. She drops a sitter, an absolute sitter. Du Preez's slog off Odedra had ended up being a skier. But Nicholas, after having covered good ground from long off, fails to hang on and ends up covering her face with her palms. Storm have dropped three easy chances in the game and are yet on top. Says something about their opponents.
du Preez parties
Lightning 76/4 in 12 overs, need 83 from 48.
12 runs came off the 12th over, with du Preez hitting a six and a four off consecutive balls. It was just the second six by the Protea in the history of the WCSL. It is the best over of the innings for the tourists, who managed to take 20 off the last two overs. Can the South African step up? Will she step up?
(K)night during the day!
Lightning 56/4 in 10 overs, need 103 in 60 balls.
The Storm skipper gets her name in the wickets column by getting her opposite number. Tossed up from around the wicket, Elwiss couldn't resist going after it. Charges down the track and takes the aerial route in a bid to deposit it into the stands. Shrubsole at long on runs a bit to her right and hangs on to it. Makes her frustration at having dropped one earlier evident during her celebrations. She's not having the best of times on the field of play. Storm are tightening the noose on Lightning and only a miracle can avert a result that is almost easily predictable now.
Lightning 37/3 in 7 overs, need 122 in 78 balls.
Jones lofts the first ball of the over over mid-off for a lovely boundary. But in the end, her luck runs out as she falls short despite her diving effort. Elwiss had played the ball towards mid-off off the last ball. There was a bit of fumble as it was a diving stop by Knight. However, there was no run there and both the batters yet went ahead with it. Knight could have well chosen either ends to throw and does so to the keeper, who does the rest.
Lightning 30/2 in 6 overs, need 129 off 84 balls.
The visitors are in a mush after the mandatory fielding restrictions ended, a far cry from where Storm where at that stage - 49/1. Skipper Elwiss and experienced wicketkeeper-batter Jones have a job at hand - first rebuilding the innings and getting it back on track and then going after the target. Looks tough at this moment. Not over till it is actually over, though.
Atapattu is castled!
Lightning 22/2 in 5 overs.
The Sri Lankan skipper shimmied down the track to take on Nicholas but ended up yorking herself. Found her woodwork disturbed. Looking at the way she toyed with the Diamonds' spinner, this end comes across as an anti-climactic one. Storm aren't complaining though. Rebuilding time for Lightning, will captain Elwiss stand up?
Two lives for Jones!
Lightning 14/1 in 4 overs.
Jones gets her first life as the wicketkeeper Priest failed to hold on to a chance - a regulation one, we could say. It was full and just outside off, the English wicketkeeper was sucked into the drive. The outside edge was taken and the ball flew towards the keeper. Priest dived to her right and grassed it. It hit the webbing of her glove before going down.
The second chance was a dolly and Shrubsole was the culprit. Fuller length ball on the stumps, Jones looks to go over mid on. Fails to get the elevation and it should have been a simple take for Shrubsole. But she tries to take it reverse-cupped and ends up spilling it. Nobody could believe what they had seen. Jones is in the middle with couple of lives for her, Davies being the unfortunate one on both occasions.
Early strike for Storm
Lightning 5/1 in 1.4 overs.
“Matthews doesn’t think she’s out, but frankly speaking it doesn’t matter,” exclaims Rob Key on air as Davies traps the West Indian. It was on a length around off and middle and nipped back in a bit. Matthews looks to play it to the on side and misses as she falls over. Looks pretty close and Hawk Eye confirms the same. Early strike for Storm and the previous game’s match-winner departs for just a brace. Just the start Storm would have wanted.
Rachel Priest speaks...
She feels that they are short by about 40 runs. “Tried to stay in the middle and get us off to a good start. Needed to buckle down and score runs after being rusty for a couple of innings,” she said, speaking to the host broadcaster. The pitch is on the slower side and if the bowlers take the pace off, they should be able to defend the score, she reckons.
In terms of the start that Storm had, the end has been quieter. However, at almost all times they were going on an average of eight runs an over and that’s where their final total has reached. Would they be happy with what they have got? Probably not, given how they were placed at the halfway stage. The 64-run partnership between Priest and Knight, while it was on, seemed as if the hosts will run away with the game. But Gunn and Elwiss did well to pull them back after Matthews got rid of Priest. Figure this: only 38/2 were scored off the final five overs, after Storm were 80/1 after 10. Bowling job well done by Lightning.
Storm 158/4 in 20 overs.
A last ball boundary by Sharma takes Storm closer to eight runs-an-over, which they were always going at through the innings. Regular fall of Priest, Wilson and Knight derailed their progress. However, one strike each by Luff and Sharma served them well.
No Knight Storm
Storm 139/4 in 17.2 overs.
Adams takes a stunner to end Knight’s stint in the middle. This is another timely strike for Lightning. On a length by Elwiss, the Storm skipper looked to belt it over the bowler’s head. Didn’t get good connection and ended up getting the top edge. Would have landed safe if not from Adams’ rush to her right from mid-off and a dive to pull it off. So, a strong finish from Knight is not to be.
Storm 111/2 in 13.5 overs.
Priest holes out for a 43-ball 55 featuring eight fours. It was tossed up by Matthews around middle and leg, Priest looked to belt it out of the park. Chose the longest part of the ground – deep mid-wicket – where Gunn was stationed. Didn’t have to move an inch. Can Lightning make further inroads?
Fifty for Priest
Storm 100/1 in 13 overs.
Priest gets to her first fifty in WCSL 2019. It is her fifth such score in the history of the tournament. Storm would be relieved to see her back among the runs. That she has been given a couple of lives helped. How long can the Kiwi continue?
Storm 92/1 in 12 overs.
Gunn grasses a tough chance of Priest. She ran backwards from mid-off and even put in the dive, but apart from touching her fingertips, the ball didn’t do much more. Where do Lightning now look to for a breakthrough?
Storm 80/1 in 10 overs.
Priest and Knight have carried Storm forward. The former, who hit a four each in the ninth and the tenth over, was given a life by Matthews, who grassed a simple chance at the deep mid-wicket ropes off Gunn. Priest is on 36 off 30 now. How costly is it going to prove for Lightning? Can they stop Storm from running away with the game?
Storm march on
Storm 64/1 in 8 overs.
Knight gets into the groove straightaway with a maximum. Her good run of form evident with that stroke. She read the wrong one from Glenn and despatched it over wide long on for half a dozen. Priest, at the other end, is going smoothly with her innings. Lightning have a lot in their plate.
Powerplay taken by Storm
Storm 49/1 in 6 overs.
It has been the hosts' phase undoubtedly. Priest and Mandhana got them off to a flier, hitting fours galore - as many as nine of them. Six of them were by the southpaw alone. However, Bryce managed to see the back of Mandhana and that should bring some respite for Lightning now.
Storm 47/1 in 5.3 overs.
Bryce has here revenge after being carted for a four over her head. She delivers it on a shortish length. Mandhana transfers her weight back and looks to heave it over deep mid-wicket. Only manages to hit it as far as du Preez there, who makes no mistake. End of the Indian opener's blitz as she walks back for a 17-ball 29.
Mandhana on a roll
Storm 43/0 in 5 overs.
Four boundaries off Atapattu's over helps matter for Storm. The first one was off Priest's blade. But the last three - off consecutive deliveries - meant that the Sri Lankan's economy rate took a beating. While the first two of them were over covers and mid off, the last one was a quicker one and nudged past short fine leg. 17 runs off the penultimate over of the powerplay.
A quiet third!
Storm 18/0 in 3 overs.
Tara Norris keeps it pretty decent despite a boundary in the over. It came off the fifth ball, which was overpitched outside off. Mandhana just lifted it over mid off, who gave a valiant chase without much success.
First four of the match
Storm 6/0 in 1.1 overs.
Tossed up delivery by Matthews from round the wicket. Mandhana gets under it and lifts it over long on. A couple of bounces and the ball crosses the fence.
Jones, Matthews, Atapattu, Elwiss, du Preez, Adams, Gunn, Bryce, Glenn, Norris, Gordon
Contrasting batting displays and dropped catches were on show in Bristol as Western Storm steamrolled Loughborough Lightning by 40 runs to assert themselves firmly on top of the table on Tuesday (August 13) in the eleventh match of the final season of the Women’s Cricket Super League (WCSL). Having chosen to chase, Lightning’s batters knew the target they had in front of them – 159 in 20 overs on a slowing track. Once Freya Davies trapped Hayley Matthews – Lightning’s match-winner from their previous outing – plumb in front, the other batters seem resigned. What then followed was a series…