Kia Super League Final
Southern Vipers 145-5
Western Storm 151-3

WESTERN STORM clinched the Kia Super League title as New Zealander Rachel Priest's explosive 72 steered them to a seven-wicket win over last year's victors Southern Vipers.

Stafanie Taylor took three wickets in seven balls but Hayley Matthews and Mignon du Preez both made 31 as the Vipers posted 145-5.

Priest's 36-ball innings included 10 fours and three sixes as Storm raced towards their target.

Taylor finished the match in style with a huge six with 12 balls to spare. The West Indies captain was forced to bat with a runner after suffering a hamstring injury while bowling.

But, under the lights and in front of 3,413 spectators at Hove, it was Taylor who overcame her struggles to avenge their loss to the Vipers in 2016.

“Rachel has been outstanding in the second half of the tournament and it was a brilliant innings which helped set us up," said Heather Knight, captain of Western Storm, whose side includes Minety's Fran Wilson.

"I was really pleased for Sophie Luff as well, she has become something of a finisher for us and had a really good tournament.

"It feels great to have won after losing the final last year. We did it the hard way to be honest, we have had quite an inconsistent tournament but our performances today were brilliant.

"I am chuffed for the girls, they have been superb throughout and I’m delighted to be able to lift that trophy."

Earlier, Taylor gave a man-of-the-match display with her 37 not out to claim a final place with a three-wicket win over Surrey Stars.

Immediately after the final, Southern Vipers and former England captain Charlotte Edwards announced her retirement from professional cricket.