Kia Super League 2018
An exciting summer is set to unfold for cricket fans as Kia Super League 2018 kicks off in England. The inaugural KSL tournament was held in 2016, and since then the excitement around the event has grown consistently. The game has garnered fans from across the world, and with the Women’s World T20 to be held in November, this year’s domestic T20 tournaments will be particularly interesting to watch.
Western Storm and Southern Vipers have won the 2016 and 2017 titles respectively.
Featuring 6 teams playing in T20 format, the tournament progresses from a Round Robin stage to knockout stages. Out of the top three teams from the Round Robin stage, the second and third-placed teams meet for the semi-final. The final takes place between the team placed first in the Round Robin stage and the semi-final winner.
Kia Super League also features some of the best players from across the world. Among these, Suzie Bates, New Zealand captain, is set to lead Southern Vipers in this year’s edition of KSL.
West Indies captain Stafanie Taylor who displayed the remarkable achievement of being the leading run-scorer as well as the leading wicket-taker in KSL 2016 will once again join the defending champions, Western Storm.
South Africa captain Dane van Niekerk, along with her team mates Lizelle Lee and Marizanne Kapp, will be joining the Surrey Stars.
KSL 2018 will also feature Australian openers Beth Mooney and Nicole Bolton as well as their team mates Elyse Villani and Rachael Haynes.
This year, two Indian players will feature in KSL for the first time. Smriti Mandhana has made a spectacular debut for Western Storm, while Harmanpreet Kaur will be seen in action later this week.
Smriti Mandhana takes Kia Super League by storm in her debut for @WesternStormKSL scoring 48 from just 20 balls and inches away from breaking the KSL Fifty record off 22 balls. #KSL2018 pic.twitter.com/gXcfmj8LFd
— Sports Sutra 🇮🇳 (@SpoSutra) July 23, 2018
Unlike most other leagues, KSL incorporates run rates into the points table by a type of quantization. This means that if a team has a run rate of 1.25 times that of the opposition, then it is awarded a bonus point. Consequently, wins with a bonus point accrue 5 points while those without a bonus point are awarded 4 points. In case of a tie or no result, two points are awarded to each of the teams.
Schedules and Results
|22nd July||13.30 GMT||Surrey Stars||vs||Southern Vipers||Woodbridge Road, Guildford||Southern Vipers won by 7 wickets|
|22nd July||13.30 GMT||Western Storm||vs||Yorkshire Diamonds||Cooper Associates County Ground, Taunton||Western Storm won by 7 wickets|
|22nd July||13.30 GMT||Lancashire Thunder||vs||Loughborough Lightning||Trafalgar Road Ground, Southport||Loughborough Lightning won by 6 wickets|
|25th July||18:00 GMT||Southern Vipers||vs||Loughborough Lightning||The Ageas Bowl, Southampton||Loughborough Lightning won by 6 wickets|
|26th July||13.30 GMT||Western Storm||vs||Surrey Stars||College Ground, Cheltenham||Surrey Stars won by 7 wickets|
|27th July||13.30 GMT||Yorkshire Diamonds||vs||Lancashire Thunder||Emerald Headingley, Leeds||Lancashire Thunder won by 33 runs|
|29th July||11:00 GMT||Western Storm||vs||Loughborough Lightning||Cooper Associates County Ground, Taunton||Western Storm won by 18 runs|
|29th July||13.30 GMT||Surrey Stars||vs||Yorkshire Diamonds||Woodbridge Road, Guildford||Match abandoned|
|29th July||13.30 GMT||Lancashire Thunder||vs||Southern Vipers||Aigburth, Liverpool||Lancashire thunder won by 4 runs|
|31st July||13.30 GMT||Southern Vipers||vs||Western Storm||Arundel Castle, Arundel||Western Storm won by 9 wickets|
|31st July||13.30 GMT||Surrey Stars||vs||Lancashire Thunder||The Kia Oval, London||Lancashire Thunder won by 5 wicketss|
|31st July||15:00 GMT||Loughborough Lightning||vs||Yorkshire Diamonds||Haslegrave Ground, Loughborough||Loughborough Lightning won by 41 runs|
|2nd August||13.30 GMT||Yorkshire Diamonds||vs||Southern Vipers||York Cricket Club, York||Yorkshire Diamonds won by 12 runs|
|2nd August||15:00 GMT||Loughborough Lightning||vs||Surrey Stars||Haslegrave Ground, Loughborough||Loughborough Lightning won by 9 wickets|
|3rd August||13.30 GMT||Lancashire Thunder||vs||Western Storm||Emirates Old Trafford, Manchester||Western Storm won by 7 wickets|
|4th August||13.30 GMT||Loughborough Lightning||vs||Southern Vipers||Haslegrave Ground, Loughborough||Loughborough Lightning won by 3 wickets|
|5th August||13.30 GMT||Yorkshire Diamonds||vs||Western Storm||North Marine Road Ground, Scarborough||Western Storm won by 7 wickets|
|7th August||13.30 GMT||Lanacashire Thunder||vs||Surrey Stars||Emirates Old Trafford, Manchester||Surrey Stars won by 55 runs|
|8th August||13.30 GMT||Southern Vipers||vs||Yorkshire Diamonds||The Ageas Bowl, Southampton||Southern Vipers won by 16 runs|
|9th August||13.30 GMT||Surrey Stars||vs||Loughborough Lightning||Woodbridge Road, Guildford||Surrey Stars won by 7 wickets|
|9th August||15:30 GMT||Western Storm||vs||Lancashire Thunder||Cooper Associates County Ground, Taunton||Western Storm won by 76 runs|
|11th August||13.30 GMT||Loughborough Lightning||vs||Lancashire Thunder||Haslegrave Ground, Loughborough||Loughborough Lightning won by 9 wickets|
|11th August||13.30 GMT||Western Storm||vs||Southern Vipers||Bristol County Ground, Bristol||No result|
|12th August||13.30 GMT||Yorkshire Diamonds||vs||Surrey Stars||York Cricket Club, York||Yorkshire Diamonds won by 9 wickets|
|14th August||13.30 GMT||Southern Vipers||vs||Surrey Stars||The 1st Central County Ground, Hove||Surrey Stars won by 4 wickets|
|14th August||13.30 GMT||Lancashire Thunder||vs||Yorkshire Diamonds||Stanley Park, Blackpool||Lancashire Thunder won by 9 runs|
|15th August||14:00 GMT||Loughborough Lightning||vs||Western Storm||Edgbaston, Birmingham||Loughborough Lightning won by 9 wickets|
|18th August||18:00 GMT||Southern Vipers||vs||Lancashire Thunder||The Ageas Bowl, Southampton||Lancashire Thunder won by 9 runs|
|18th August||18:00 GMT||Yorkshire Diamonds||vs||Loughborough Lightning||Emerald Headingley. Leeds||Yorkshire Diamonds won by 3 runs|
|18th August||18:00 GMT||Surrey Stars||vs||Western Storm||The Kia Oval, London||Surrey Stars won by 5 wickets|
|27th August||11:00 GMT||Western Storm||vs||Surrey Stars||The 1st Central County Ground, Hove|
|27th August||15:00 GMT||Loughborough Lightning||vs||Semi-final winner||The 1st Central County Ground, Hove|
Where to Watch
Sky Sports will telecast 12 KSL matches in the UK.
Fans in India may follow live scores and updates on the official ECB website.