One of the strongest teams in the tournament, Western Storm have started the KIA Super League 2019 season with 4 wins out of 4 games. As a result, the team has 17 points and a net run rate of +0.892 whereas Yorkshire Diamonds managed to win only 1 game out of 3. They find themselves at the second last spot in the points table with four points and a net run rate of – 0.838. However, Western Storm will be hoping to keep their winning momentum on in this 13th game of Women’s Cricket Super League. On the other hand, Yorkshire Diamonds will try to bounce back in the winning track. Let’s have a look at the Western Storm vs Yorkshire Diamonds Dream 11 Prediction.
The match between Western Storm and Yorkshire Diamonds of the Kia Super League 2019 will take place at the York Cricket Club in York at 2:30 PM local time (7:00 PM IST) (1:30 PM GMT).
Yorkshire Diamonds suffered consecutive defeats against Surrey Stars and Loughborough Lightning. However, they bounced back against Lancashire Thunder on Tuesday where they registered a nine-run win while defending their total of 151. They have strong openers in the form of Lauren Winfield and Alyssa Healy. Both are in good form. Apart from them, they have Jemimah Rodrigues and Alice Davidson Richards in the middle order. Although they haven’t found the rhythm yet, they can be proved a great threat to opponents.
On the other hand, Linsey Smith, Katie George, Leigh Kasperek and Alice Davidson Richards will handle the bowling department and are able to restrict the opponents within a below per.
Predicted Playing XI
Lauren Winfield (C), Alyssa Healy, Hollie Armitage, Jemimah Rodrigues, Cordelia Griffith, Alice Davidson-Richards, Helen Fenby, Linsey Smith, Leigh Kasperek, Beth Langston, Katie Levick.
Western Storm started the campaign with four wins in all four matches they played. In their previous match against Loughborough Lightning, they registered a 40-run win. That win, however, helped the Storm to gain a bonus point as well. Although the highest run-getter of the last year, Smriti Mandhana is yet to score big, captain Heather Knight has been doing well.
They have Fran Wilson in the middle who has been among runs too. On the other hand, Freya Davies is the vital cog in the bowling department too along with Claire Nicholas and Deepti Sharma.
Predicted Playing XI
Smriti Mandhana, Rachel Priest, Heather Knight (C), Fran Wilson, Deepti Sharma, Sonia Odedra, Sophie Luff, Naomi Dattani, Anya Shrubsole, Freya Davies, Claire Nicholas.
Injury and Availability News:
Although there is no injury concern from Western Storm side, Katherine Brunt from Yorkshire Diamonds has been given rest on ECB’s request.
For Western Storm, there is no weak link as of now. Everyone is performing well for the side which helped them to be at the top of the points table.
On the other hand, Diamonds have been struggling a bit. Their batting failures become the main reason behind the defeats. Over-dependency on Lauren Winfield and Alyssa Healy and the inconsistent middle order, featuring Jemimah Rodrigues, Alice Davidson Richards and Cordelia Griffith cost them the matches where they failed to contribute much. We can see a change in the squad, although they have time to bounce back.
Weather and pitch report
The weather is expected to be cloudy but there is no chance of rain during the day. Expected temperatures are around 23 degrees with an average humidity of 79%. The weather certainly suits the batter.
Although the ground is a high scoring one, only once Surrey Stars were bundled out within 66 runs which is by far the lowest score of the ground. However, Western Storm chased down a whopping total of 161 with ease on the same gound without losing a wicket. The win came on the back of blistering 65-ball 106* from Rachel Priest.
Other than last year when the scores at York have been high scoring. In Western Storm’s only game on this ground, they chased down 161. Moreover, Lauren Winfield has scored two fifties in York.
Western Storm and Yorkshire Diamonds have met four times before in the Women’s Cricket Super League where the former won all of the occasions. The highest score 174-3 came from the two batters of Storm in 2018. Smriti Mandhana, Rachel Priest and Heather Knight scored 56, 37 and 45 respectively where they won the game with 4 balls to spare.
However, the way Western Storm started their campaign, it is not hard to say that they will have the upper hand in the game.
Dream XI Prediction Team:
Wicketkeeper: Alyssa Healy, Rachel Priest
Batters: Lauren Winfield, Jemimah Rodrigues, Smriti Mandhana, Fran Wilson, Heather Knight
All-rounders: Leigh Kasperek
Bowlers: Freya Davies, Claire Nicholas, Alice Davidson-Richards
Captain & Vice-captain: Smriti Mandhana and Lauren Winfield