The Knight and Wilson Show Takes Storm to Victory
In a pulsating match that kept the crowd at Taunton on their toes, Western Storm snatched a dramatic victory from under Thunder’s nose as skipper Heather Knight played an exhilarating innings of 62 runs off just 41 balls. The former England captain put on a splendid partnership with Fran Wilson, who scored an equally impressive half-century (53).
Thunder Fall Short Despite Promising Start
Batting first after winning the toss, Thunder was off to a flyer thanks to opener Emma Lamb’s quick-fire knock of 36 runs in just 22 balls. She hit five fours and a towering six over mid-wicket before being dismissed by spinner Chloe Skelton through stumping.
Dani Gibson struck crucial blows for the home team , getting rid of dangerous batter Deandra Dottin cheaply while Heap and Naomi Dattani were run out due to two direct hits which halted Thunder’s momentum.
Sophie Ecclestone provided some hope for her side when she bowled Gibson out but it wasn’t enough as the visitors posted a total of only 154-7.
Knight Leads From The Front For Western Storm
Storm got off to shaky start losing both openers early. But then came the moment fans had been waiting for: Captain Heather Knight strode out onto the pitch determined not to let her team down. She did not disappoint!
Heather looked in fine touch from ball one scoring freely all around ground with clean shots straight past fielders that left them gobsmacked. Her partner, Fran Wilson played a more measured innings to support her captain as they put together an unbeaten 111-run partnership for the third wicket.
With Knight and Wilson at the crease, it was only a matter of time before Storm emerged victorious. Sophie Ecclestone got rid of Knight, but by then Western Storm had already done enough to cruise home with four balls left in the match.
A New Dawn for Western Storm
This victory marks an important win for Western Storm in this year’s competition which has started on a disappointing note with defeat against Northern Diamonds at Headingley on Friday last week.
Captain Sophie Luff praised her team’s performance after the game:
“Heather and Fran were simply outstanding today. They built their innings very well and batted beautifully without taking undue risks.”
Tara Norris from Thunder said in post-match comments:
“We came up short despite starting very strongly with Emma Lamb providing us momentum right from first ball.”
The next matches will be crucial for both teams if they are to qualify for final stages of Charlotte Edwards Cup.