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Kiwis play big role in English T20 final

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 21/08/2016
Suzie Bates. File Photo © Hagen Hopkins/Getty Image Suzie Bates. File Photo

White Ferns skipper Suzie Bates has starred with both bat and ball as her side powered to the inaugural English women's Twenty20 Super League title.

Bates' 52 laid the foundation for her Southern Vipers to chase down the Western Storm's 140-5 to win by seven wickets at Chelmsford on Sunday.

The 28-year-old showed why she was named the outstanding female cricketer in the world by Wisden earlier this year by reaching a 43-ball half century with seven boundaries.

Recently dropped White Fern teammate Sara McGlashan was unbeaten on 21 for the Southampton-based side as they got home with seven balls to spare.

Bates also took 2-37, including the wicket of Kiwi wicketkeeper Rachel Priest (57), in the Storm's innings, caught on the boundary.

Bates revealed the Vipers, who finished top of the qualifying table, were determined to win the inaugural title for skipper Charlotte Edwards and Lydia Greenway, who are both ending international careers for England.

"With Lydia Greenway and Lottie having retired from international cricket, they've really put into this Vipers team," Bates said.

"It's been a tough summer for them both, I think. So it's just really pleasing to give them some good news and have a good team performance out there."

Edwards also gave a big thumbs-up to the first Super League tournament.

"It's exceeded my expectations as a first year," she said.

"Having spoken to a few of the overseas players, they've been really impressed by our county cricketers. It's up there with the Big Bash absolutely.

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