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Western Storm's shock defeat of table-topping South East Stars

A huge shock indeed! <i>(Image: Western Storm)</i>
A huge shock indeed! (Image: Western Storm)

It was one of the shocks of the season as Western Storm registered an unlikely victory over top-of-the-table South East Stars in the Rachael Heyhoe Flint Trophy.

The match, held at the Cooper Associates Ground in Taunton, saw the Storm display commendable tenacity to overcome formidable odds.

Initially set a hefty target of 299 to win in 44 overs due to rain delay, Storm had scored 236-5 when the weather yet again intervened causing a premature end to the match.

Despite this interruption, the home side won by eight runs using the Duckworth-Lewis-Stern method, largely due to a solid contribution of half centuries from skipper Sophie Luff and Fran Wilson and an assertive knock of 40 not out from Nat Wraith.

The Stars batted robustly, with Paige Scholfield, Alice Davidson-Richards, and Aylish Cranstone scoring 74, 65, and 63 not out respectively.

Nonetheless, a stand of 131 in 19.5 overs between Luff and Wilson managed to put Storm back in contention before the match was again interrupted by rain.

After this remarkable feat, Storm, who are the first team to defeat Stars this season, have won two consecutive games and aim to solidify their chances for the title when they play against Southern Vipers this coming Saturday.

Somerset County Gazette: A huge shock indeed!
Somerset County Gazette: A huge shock indeed!

Fran Wilson, batter for Western Storm, commented on the game saying: "It's a great win, but we didn't really see it coming at the halfway stage of the game.

"We know we have good players, the pitch was a cracker and the short boundary made us think that it was possible.

"The decision to push Amanda-Jade (Wellington) up the order was made with the Duckworth-Lewis figure in mind, which indeed proved successful".

Wilson continued: "That shows they are growing in maturity. It felt as though we were due a bit of luck with the weather".

Bryony Smith, skipper of the disappointed South East Stars, added "It was frustrating to lose the game the way we did, when you post 298 in 44 overs, it ought to be enough to win a match.

"We felt we were still in a decent position to go on and see out the game when the rain came.

"Unfortunately, it came late and allowed no time for us to get back out there".

Smith continued: "These things can happen in cricket and we have to dust ourselves down and move on.

"It's a shame, because it's spoilt our 100 per cent record".