Sunday, 27 August 2017

KSL Match Notes - The Last Round

Matches Thirteen, Fourteen & Fifteen
Stars v Lightning

Storm v Thunder
Vipers v Diamonds

* All to play for for Diamonds, Storm and Lightning, with one place still available on Finals Day

* At the top it was between Stars & Vipers to see who made it straight through to the final

Stars v Lightning
* The first shock of the day was a bonus point win for the resurgent Lightning, courtesy of the Misses Villani (71) and Perry (68*). They posted a massive 171/3 on the same pitch that the Surrey Stars men had posted over 200 on the day before (and lost)

* No such worries for Lightning as the previously unbeaten Stars crumbled to 90 all out, with only Nat Sciver 24 and Tammy Beaumont 11, getting into double figures.

* The bonus point win meant that should Storm and Diamonds both lose, then Lightning would take third spot

Full scorecard here

Storm v Thunder
* Without a win Thunder were inserted by Storm, who, level on points with Diamonds, knew they needed a win, or possibly a bonus point win. If they were to finish equal on points with Diamonds then Diamonds would get through on NRR.

* Decent powerplay for Thunder as they make it to 40/2 - Jonassen and Jones the casualties, but then Miles goes hit wicket for 0 - 41/3

* Amy Satterthwaite 44 and Emma Lamb (in at 5) 30* add 69 for the fourth wicket, but it takes them 12 overs.

* Just 8 balls left when Satterthwaite goes and Thunder make it to 123/5, which looks under par

* It looks even more under par when Rachel Priest races to her 50 off just 26 balls

* At the end of the powerplay Storm are cruising towards a bonus point win on 67/1

* But Wilson, Taylor and Priest all go in quick succession to leave Storm more nervously on 73/4

* They decide to just go for the win and hope that Diamonds don't get a bonus point win. Sophie Luff 24* and Georgia Hennessy 16 steady the ship  and Storm take the win but in the 18th over (just a 4 point win). If Diamonds win with a bonus point then they will go through.

Full scorecard here

Vipers v Diamonds
* Careful start for the Vipers but they lose Bates, and then just after the powerplay Adams - 36/2. Wyatt follows soon after 55/3

* When Hayley Matthews is out for 40 with the score on 78/4 in the 13th over it looks like Vipers may struggle to post a competitive score

* But Mignon du Preez (50*) and Arran Brindle (11) add 58 for the fifth wicket to take Vipers to 136/5. They finish on 138/6. Diamonds need to chase it down in less than 16 overs if they want a bonus point win.

* They add 31 for the first wicket, but then lose five wickets for just four runs and look up against it at 35/5. Can they even get a win?

* Katherine Brunt 42 and Alice Davidson-Richards 14 look to get them back on track, but the overs are ticking by. ADR is out with the score on 77 in the 14th over and Brunt unluckily run out backing up in the 17th over with the score on 100.

* It is too much for the lower order to deal with and they are bowled out for 108, which means Vipers go straight to the final and Stars will play Storm in the semi-final which preceeds it.

Full scorecard here



  1. Still wrestling with CricInfo trying to find this. Does anyone have the list of the leading KSL bowlers, international and non-international, grouped by total wickets, average, strike rate, economy rate … Thanks.

  2. Some interesting points and factoids going into finals day:

    The Final KSL 2017 group table saw 3 of the 6 sides finish in exactly the same positions as the first year - Vipers were 1st, Diamonds 5th and Thunder 6th. The 2nd (Stars), 3rd (Storm) and 4th (Lightning) placed sides all swapped their order from 2016's positions.

    Storm have an impressive record chasing in 2017 KSL. All 3 of their victories came about chasing scores of 109, 161 and 123. They only lost 1 of 4 when chasing and lost their only match defending. As they also won the 2016 semi-final chasing and lost the 2016 final defending, it's clear they're best when batting second.

    By contrast, Stars appear to be better when batting first. 3 of their 4 victories in the group stage came defending, and their 1 from 2 chasing record included reaching a target of a mere 101 and getting bowled out for 90. They clearly look better when defending.

    Vipers have a pretty good record in both chasing and defending. They narrowly lost one match chasing 128, but otherwise got 2 wins from defending and 2 from chasing. They look capable on both fronts, which is another reason they're a strong side.