Western Storm crowned champions as Edwards calls time on career

Ruben Hill
September 5, 2017

Mignon du Preez and Hayley Matthews both struck 31 in the Vipers' total of 145 for five, but last year's runners-up the Storm made light work of the target.

Despite being unceremoniously removed from national captaincy - all but shattering her dream to feature in the 2017 ICC Women's World Cup - Edwards remains England's most capped player.

England women's cricketing icon Charlotte Edwards said she would like to move into coaching after announcing her retirement from Twenty20 cricket and ruling out playing overseas. But Priest remained undeterred and went after the Vipers bowlers, hitting 25 runs off the final over of the Power Play off Smith with four boundaries and a six.

The 37-year-old revealed the news after her Southern Vipers side were beaten in the final of the Women's Super League by Western Storm at Hove last night. Her experience and class shone through against some poor bowling.

In doing so she claimed bragging rights over White Ferns skipper Suzie Bates, who scored 21 off 24 balls opening for the Vipers before she was trapped in front by Stafanie Taylor, one of three victims for the West Indies star who claimed 3-28 from her four overs.

Charlotte Edwards during her final professional innings for Southern Vipers. Taylor helped to finish the game off, scoring an unbeaten 30 from 29 balls, including a six to end the match.

Priest was adjudged the player of the match while Bates was awarded the player of the tournament for tournament tally of 260 runs and eight wickets.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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