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.
LANCASHIRE THUNDER WIN! @EmmaLamb236 takes a wicket with the final ball as @VipersKSL required five to win.— Lancashire Thunder (@LancsCricketWMN) July 29, 2018
Thunder win a thriller @Liverpool_CC to claim back-to-back wins in #KSL2018! Get in 🙌🙌🙌 pic.twitter.com/LqsRmFPxIl
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.