The last ever KSL Finals Day concluded with what was probably the right result: Western Storm becoming the first team in the four-year history of the competition ever to raise the trophy twice. In a short space of time, Storm developed a formidable formula for success: they finish with a win-record of 72%, having won 26 of their 36 matches in the competition.
In my view, there have been five key ingredients to that success:
Remarkably, five players in the Storm squad have played in every single one of the side’s 36 matches since the competition launched in 2016: Freya Davies, Heather Knight, Sophie Luff, Rachel Priest and Fran Wilson. Having a core group of players is vital in building the kind of team spirit which will get you across the line in close contests.
2. All-round strength
Many teams load their sides purely with big-hitting batsmen, but Storm seem to have grasped that all-round strength is crucial in women’s T20 cricket. Their powerplay bowling has been phenomenal, as has their fielding. Freya Davies has been the standout star, finishing as leading wicket-taker this season, and second on the all-time wicket-taking lists with 37, behind only Sophie Ecclestone. If there was any justice, Davies would surely have been named Player of the Tournament.
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