Belfast Telegraph

Sports Awards

Home Sport Cricket

Mandhana hits quickfire half-century as Western Storm move top of Super League

Tash Farrant also took a hat-trick in Southern Vipers’ defeat to Lancashire Thunder.

Smriti Mandhana hit the fastest half-century in Kia Super League history as Western Storm replaced Loughborough Lightning at the top of the table following an 18-run victory at Taunton.

In a match reduced to six-overs-a-side by poor weather, Indian Mandhana smashed an unbeaten 52 off 19 balls, including four sixes and five fours, as the defending champions posted 85 for two.

New Zealand international Sophie Devine led the Lightning response with an unbeaten 42 but she was unable to prevent her side slipping to their first defeat of the season as they ended on 67 without loss.

At Liverpool, left-arm seamer Tash Farrant claimed only the second Super League hat-trick but it was not enough to stop the Southern Vipers suffering a four-run defeat to Lancashire Thunder.

England international Farrant removed Thunder’s top scorer Eve Jones for 69, before dismissing Sophie Ecclestone and Emma Lamb for ducks as the hosts finished on 137 for six.

The 2016 champions fell agonisingly short in their chase with four wickets from Lamb and three from Ecclestone – who removed Vipers captain Suzie Bates for 40 – inflicting their second successive defeat.

Elsewhere, there was no result at Guildford as the match between Surrey Stars and bottom club Yorkshire Diamonds was abandoned without a ball being bowled due to rain.

Daily News Headlines Newsletter

Today's news headlines, directly to your inbox.


From Belfast Telegraph