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Kia Super League: Six teams set out on the road to Hove

The third version of the Kia Super League begins on Sunday, with all six teams in motion. In an expanded competitors, the sides will all play one another twice, with the prime three qualifying for Finals Day at Hove on August 27. Here we run the rule over these concerned

Western Storm

Coach: Trevor Griffin
Captain: Heather Knight
Overseas: Stafanie Taylor (WI), Smriti Mandhana (Ind), Rachel Priest (NZ)
Last season: Winners

The 2017 champions look well-equipped as soon as once more, led by England captain Heather Knight and bolstered by new abroad signing, India batting star Smriti Mandhana. Last 12 months’s main run-scorer in the competitors, Rachel Priest – who thrashed 72 from 36 balls in the remaining – returns alongside allrounder Stafanie Taylor, whose bowling was a key issue of their success. Their England contingent contains Anya Shrubsole, Player of the Match in the 2017 World Cup remaining, and Fran Wilson, the Middlesex batsman trying to push her claims for a T20 recall. Look out for spinner Claire Nicholas, who took eight wickets (one fewer than Taylor) and had an financial system of 5.47.

Southern Vipers

Coach: Nick Denning
Captain: Suzie Bates
Overseas: Bates (NZ), Mignon du Preez (SA), Amelia Kerr (NZ)
Last season: Runners-up

The Vipers have reached the remaining in each earlier editions of the match, successful the inaugural competitors in 2016. Last 12 months’s decider at Hove towards Western Storm was Charlotte Edwards’ remaining match as an expert, however she has been changed as captain by a girl of big expertise in New Zealand’s Suzie Bates – in her third season with the Vipers, and the solely participant aside from Priest to cross 200 runs in 2017. Teenage sensation Amelia Kerr, who final month grew to become the first cricketer to rating a double-hundred and take 5 wickets in an ODI, is available in, whereas the arrival of England opener Tammy Beaumont from Surrey is simply probably to strengthen the XI.

Surrey Stars

Coach: Richard Bedbrook
Captain: Nat Sciver
Overseas: Lizelle Lee (SA), Marizanne Kapp (SA), Dane van Niekerk (SA)
Last season: Play-off

Surrey final 12 months grew to become the first county to appoint a full-time girls’s coach, with Richard Bedbrook stepping up after beforehand combining the position with that of efficiency supervisor. Their 2017 marketing campaign, through which they completed second in the group stage earlier than dropping to third-placed Western Storm in the play-off, represented an enchancment however Surrey are an bold membership and can hope to go a few steps additional. England wicketkeeper Sarah Taylor has joined from Lancashire, which ought to make up for the lack of Beaumont, whereas their trio of South African abroad signings provides heft to the batting and bowling. In captain Nat Sciver they’ve one in every of the world’s greatest allrounders and final season’s main wicket-taker.

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Loughborough Lightning

Coach: Rob Taylor
Captain: Georgia Elwiss
Overseas: Elyse Villani (Aus), Rachael Haynes (Aus), Sophie Devine (NZ)
Last season: 4th

Loughborough can have an enormous gap to fill, notably of their batting, after Australia allrounder Ellyse Perry opted not to return for a 3rd season at the KSL. They have additionally misplaced their main wicket-taker from 2017, with Beth Langston becoming a member of Yorkshire, however coming in the other way was canny England allrounder Jenny Gunn, who together with big-hitting New Zealander Sophie Devine and Rachael Haynes, who captained Australia throughout the winter’s Ashes, will add loads of depth and worldwide expertise to the facet. They have additionally added a few helpful signings, with Linsey Smith – one in every of the stars of Vipers’ 2016 victory – and George Adams heading up to the Midlands.

Yorkshire Diamonds

Coach: Paul Grayson
Captain: Lauren Winfield
Overseas: Beth Mooney (Aus), Chamari Atapattu (SL), Delissa Kimmince (Aus)
Last season: fifth

There have been a variety of modifications at Yorkshire, with solely six gamers concerned final time out returning for 2018 as the Diamonds look to attain the knockout stage for the first time. Powerful opener Beth Mooney is again, having worn Yorkshire blue in 2016, whereas the presence of Chamari Atapattu and Lauren Winfield, trying to win her England place again, ought to imply loads of runs from the prime order. Langston’s arrival will bolster the bowling, alongside abroad signing Delissa Kimmince, Alice Davidson-Richards, who gained an England call-up on the again of her performances final season, and promising legspinners Katie Levick and Helen Fenby.

Lancashire Thunder

Coach: Alex Blackwell
Captain: Danielle Hazell
Overseas: Amy Satterthwaite (NZ), Harmanpreet Kaur (Ind), Nicole Bolton (Aus)
Last season: sixth

Things can solely get higher for Lancashire, after dropping 5 out of 5 to end backside for the second 12 months working. They shall be hoping that the arrival of former Australia worldwide Alex Blackwell as coach can encourage a turnaround – and switch shall be the order of the day, very like in the males’s T20 workforce, as Lancashire have a battery of spinners to deploy, led by captain and England veteran Danielle Hazell and the left-arm pair of Sophie Ecclestone and Alex Hartley, who has moved to her house county from Surrey. India’s T20I captain Harmanpreet Kaur is a marquee signing and shall be anticipated to carry the batting, whereas England seamer Kate Cross has some extent to show.

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