Storm see off Stars to book Super League final spot

Stafanie Taylor

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220 of those games were as captain, meaning she's the only player (man or woman) to have skippered England in more than 200 internationals. Both New Zealanders are the only batters to score a century in the WSL so far.

In reply, Storm stuck their noses in front as Priest unfurled an attacking innings which included 10 fours and three sixes and came from a mere 33 balls.

She eventually departed in the 10th over and with the Storm requiring 52 to win, Stafanie Taylor and Sophie Luff combined for an unbeaten stand of 57, the former sealing victory with a six.

The Vipers rode their luck at the start with Bates and Hayley Matthews putting on a partnership of 47 after both openers were offered a reprieve. Her experience and class shone through against some poor bowling.

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The Malvern ace faces Surrey Stars at Hove in the semi-finals tomorrow (2.30pm) as Storm aim to secure a meeting with Southern Vipers in the final (6pm).

The 37-year-old made the announcement after her Southern Vipers side lost to Western Storm by seven wickets in the final of the Women's Super League last night (September 1).

Priest was adjudged the player of the match while Bates was awarded the player of the tournament for tournament tally of 260 runs and eight wickets.

Taylor faced 29 deliveries and struck four fours and a six while Luff cracked five fours in 24-ball cameo.

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