Heather Knight Has Bad News for Opponents
Heather Knight has bad news for opponents looking for ways to unseat the Kia Super League pace-setters. Western Storm may be in pole position after winning their opening four games, but they have yet to play anywhere near their best cricket.
Despite their super-charged start and 100 per cent record, captain Knight insists there is plenty more to come as the West Country side attempt to reach Finals Day for a fourth consecutive season.
And that could potentially spell bad news for Yorkshire Diamonds, who become the latest side charged with the task of derailing the Storm express when they take on the table-toppers at York on Thursday (2.30pm).
"I'm delighted with the start we've made and by the ways we've found to win games, but we've not played our best cricket yet," confirmed Knight, who led Storm to the title in 2017.
"To be honest, there's room for improvement in most areas, especially in our fielding. There have been a few dropped catches and that's something we need to address.
"We've been good in parts with the bat and ball without finding that complete performance we always strive for. There are signs that things are coming together, but we need to keep improving with every game."
She added: "We're taking a long view of the campaign and our first aim is to make it to Finals Day. Twenty20 is a fast game, but it's a long campaign and it's all about peaking at the right time. There's no point in starting well and then falling away when it really matters. The challenge for us to get better with each game, culminating in Finals Day."
Invincible in home games at Taunton and Bristol, Storm now face back-to-back away fixtures in the north. Thursday's showdown with Diamonds is followed by a trip to Chester and a return match against Lancashire Thunder, who they defeated at the Cooper Associates Ground only last weekend.
"There's a lot of travelling involved, but we're looking forward to going on the road," said Knight. "There's already a great spirit within the squad and that's something we can foster while away together as a group.
"Games are coming thick and fast right now and, if we can come through these next two matches with our unbeaten record intact, then we should be in a really strong position.
"Diamonds will be tough opposition, though it's a ground we've played on previously and done well on. We've had to play on used wickets so far, so I'm hoping we might have a new strip up at York.
"The weather has not been ideal and it's thrown up plenty of challenges for batters. We've had to contend with some slow pitches, but we've managed to find a way to win games while not playing at our best.
“T20 cricket is all about building momentum and, because we're winning games, we certainly have that at the moment."
Amara Carr and Danielle Gibson remain the only injury concerns and Storm are expected to be unchanged.
Storm (probable): Mandhana, Priest, Knight, Wilson, Luff, Sharma, Dattani, Odedra, Shrubsole, Davies, Nicholas.