Suzie Bates (left) claimed two wickets and made an unbeaten 47 for Southern Vipers
Kia Super League, Ageas Bowl
Western Storm 70 (18.5 overs): Hennessy 22; Bates 2-8, Farrant 2-10
Southern Vipers 73-1 (9 overs): Bates 47*
Southern Vipers (5 pts) beat Western Storm by nine wickets

Champions Southern Vipers thrashed Western Storm by nine wickets in the women’s Super League opening game.

In a repeat of last year’s final, Vipers chased a target of 71 with 11 overs to spare at the Ageas Bowl.

England captain Heather Knight lasted just three balls as she was bowled for one by slow left-armer Linsey Smith as Western Storm slumped to 70 all out.

New Zealand captain Suzie Bates added to her earlier two wickets with an unbeaten 47 in the Vipers’ run-chase.

Vipers, led by former England captain Charlotte Edwards, pick up a bonus point for their emphatic victory.

Edwards, 37, caught West Indies all-rounder Stafanie Taylor and ran out Sophie Luff with a direct hit in a dominant display by her side.

Storm seamer Holly Huddleston conceded 34 runs in one over as the New Zealander was punished off four no-balls in a nightmare start for last year’s runners-up.

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