Published: 28th August, 2018
Surrey Stars captain Nat Sciver has praised her triumphant teammates for putting their best cricket together at the back end of the Kia Super League.
After a slow start to the competition, Stars won four of their final five group stage matches to ensure qualification for Monday’s Finals Day.
Once at Hove, they edged past Western Storm before an emphatic victory over Loughborough Lightning in the final to seal their first ever Kia Super League title in the tournament’s third year.
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After lifting the trophy, Sciver highlighted the importance of timing your peak to perfection.
She said: “We’ve come good at the right time but I always felt we had that sort of performance in us because we’ve got a really strong batting lineup.
“I’m really pleased for the whole squad because there have been some disappointing days this season but we’ve produced a really good game today when it mattered.”
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The star of the show in the final was South African Lizelle Lee, who hit 104 runs from just 58 balls to set an ominous total for the Stars, and her captain was delighted to see it come off.
“Lizelle played a fantastic innings. I know she is capable of that because we’ve seen it in the other games and it’s been quite scary watching her in the nets leading up to the final because of how hard she has been hitting the ball,” said Sciver.
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The format of the Kia Super League Finals Day meant that Stars and Storm played in the only semi-final against group winners Loughborough, who had guaranteed their final slot via their first place finish.
While there is debate about whether that provides an advantage for the semi-finalists or the finalists, Sciver insists their experience earlier in the day helped the Stars come the final.
“We had the experience of already playing on that wicket and it definitely helped. I knew we could defend that total unless they were none down after the powerplay but we managed to get early wickets and controlled it from then on.”