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Old 1st February 2017, 20:04   #21
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Kia Super League on TV: excellent!

Kia Super League televised by Sky Sports. Hmmmm

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Its all about growing the game remember.
I'd have thought it would have been right up the Beeb's alley with their love of women's sport. I don't know whether Sky's monopoly on cricket until the ECB's next rights auction starts meant they were the only network allowed to show it.
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I'd have thought it would have been right up the Beeb's alley with their love of women's sport. I don't know whether Sky's monopoly on cricket until the ECB's next rights auction starts meant they were the only network allowed to show it.
The problem is with it being paired with the mens game the logistics involved in having a separate broadcaster just wouldn't be worth it even if the rights were free from a commercial prospective and sky aren't exactly going to do the filming and commentary for the BBC/C4/C5.

With sky having the T20 blast rights until 2019 I think the next auction is a long way off and even then it will be won by sky or BT (the only hope their is that BT show the womens and a few mens games on F2A as I don't see a non pay TV broadcaster competing).
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The 2017 Kia Super League gets under way this afternoon as reigning champions Southern Vipers host Western Storm at The Rose Bowl. This is followed by the Roses clash at Leeds tomorrow.

Sunday brings a double-header at The Oval, as Surrey Stars v Western Storm follows the chaps' Surrey v Sussex match. On-line purchases are available only for the whole day but I've been advised by The Oval that admission for just the Womens game can be obtained on the gate for a Natalie* after 5:30pm (game starts 6:30).


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Storm really struggling on a slow Southampton track, and no Anya to lead their attack later.

I hope the old school rave track played at the fall of wickets is featured throughout the competition....might make me feel like I'm in my twenties again.
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Wow - there can't have been many limited overs games in which 48% off the target is conceded in a single over. Western Brain-Storm today.
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Diamonds too hard for Thunder in the first Roses clash of the day. Fine all round performances by Big Brunt and Alice Davidson-Richards, Kent lass turned Tyke for this tournament.
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Diamonds too hard for Thunder in the first Roses clash of the day. Fine all round performances by Big Brunt and Alice Davidson-Richards, Kent lass turned Tyke for this tournament.
Sarah Taylor still not played for Thunder who were also missing Kate Cross.
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Much vaunted double header today at Old Trafford. The women playing this afternoon, the men tonight.

Looks like the locals have voted with their feet:

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Much vaunted double header today at Old Trafford. The women playing this afternoon, the men tonight.
Thunder v Stars has the potential to be the first close contest in this year's KSL, with the visitors posting a handy but not insurmountable 133, and Taylor back from her sister's wedding (so girly!).

Charlotte Edwards seems to be working harder in the commentary pod than on the field for the Vipers...two games in and she hasn't raised her bat in anger yet.
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Dreadful panicky collapse by Thunder but credit to Rene Farrell for her penetration and also to Hartley & Marsh (the new Lock & Laker) for another good squeezing job.

Vipers v Stars on Sunday will be a battle between the only two unbeaten sides to date.
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not sure why Alex Hartley isn't playing for Lancashire?
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not sure why Alex Hartley isn't playing for Lancashire?
Possibly as Lancs have a surfeit of slow left armers and Surrey don't. The ECB seems to tinker with the six teams to make them as balanced as possible.
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All six KSL teams have been in action today - sadly none on TV as broadcast time had been reserved for that benefit match in Birmingham.

Yorkshire Thunder, having posted a highly respectable 160, suffered a painful 10 wicket defeat in York. Rachel Priest hit 106 from 65 balls as Western Storm cruised home with eighteen balls to spare.

Loughborough Lightning finally got points on the board, beating Lancashire Thunder by 50 runs at Blackpool. I suspect their fortunes will be highly dependent on the form of Elysse Perry; after a moderate start to the competition, she today struck 78 and then ripped out two wickets for 9 runs, including the prize wicket of Sarah Taylor.

A close contest has been unfurling between the two league leaders at The Rose Bowl. Surrey Stars posted a disappointing 127 but, apart from the marvellous Suzie Bates, the Southern Vipers' batters have struggled against Stars' all international attack. Lotte Edwards' first knock in three games resulted in a duck. With 28 needed from 22 balls and 3 wickets remaining, heavy rain has taken the players off the field. If there is no more play, Stars will win by 6 runs on the D/L and leapfrog Vipers in the table.
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Ah, 4 runs apparently. Up the Stars - top of the league. See you on Wed, ladies.
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A most pleasant afternoon at The Oval to see Surrey Stars' resounding victory over Western Storm. It was open house day in the pavilion; my sisters and I spent so long gazing at paintings of Jack Hobbs and Pat Pocock, we missed the dismissal of Tammy Beaumont off the very first ball of the match.

That was as good as it got for Storm as the home side's trusty combo of crisp top order strokeplay and bowling strangulation gained a 52 run win plus one bonus point. Lee hit powerfully, while Kapp and Sciver revived memories of the win over Diamonds with some seriously sharp driving. Storm's fire flickered during their first couple of overs but once Kapp had removed two in two, there was an inevitability about their subsidence, underlined when Priest smacked a Sciver full bunger straight to the one fielder on the leg boundary.

Stars have now qualified for Finals Day. A win against Loughborough on Saturday, or a defeat for Vipers, will see them straight through to the Final.

Good to see one or two county diehards dotted around the crowd and. once again, a lovely convivial atmosphere. C'mon, The Stars !
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On a very warm afternoon in Kennington, Stars have just put in an unusually tepid performance in the field. Elyse and Elysse batted splendidly with some capital hits into the long field, but Lightning were allowed to post around 25 too many. Still, if there's a top four capable of chasing down bundles in the sunshine, it's Surely The Stars'.
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Having thrashed Western Storm in the group stage, Surrey Stars now go out to them in the semi final. What it is about Surrey teams and choking?
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Seems to be only one semi final. Is that right?
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Seems to be only one semi final. Is that right?
Yes....top team in the group goes straight to the final.

You'd think with just two matches, they could have organised the show to finish a little earlier than 9pm. The prospect of sitting on the coast freezing my bottom off certainly deterred me from attending.
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Well, there's a turnaround in fortunes. Three weeks ago, Western Storm put in one of the worst performances I've seen on a cricket field whilst being pummelled by Southern Vipers. Tonight, against the same team, they won the KSL by 7 wickets with twelve balls to spare. Stafanie Taylor came late to the part in some style, bowling tightly, taking wickets and making vital runs in both matches. Not the shabbiest of seasons for Misses Knight and Shrubsole.

I've greatly enjoyed supporting this tournament, one of my highlights in an already stunning season. I hope interest has spread and next year's enlarged event goes from strength to strength.
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