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Players from Western Storm 2018 squad with the Kia Super League trophy

Reigning Women’s Cricket Kia Super League Champions-Western Storm arrive on campus

University of Exeter Sport is proud to once again host Western Storm one of the 6 franchises represented in the Kia Super League and the defending champions from 2017. Arriving on Monday 16th July Western Storm begin their preparations to defend their title in what promises to be an exciting season.

The University of Exeter supports Western Storm as part of a unique consortium alongside Somerset and Gloucestershire County Cricket Club. Western Storm use the University of Exeter Sports Park and Topsham Sports ground as training facilities as well as staying in University accommodation on site. Ocean Physio who deliver physiotherapy to all athletes on the Universities Performance Programme have Adam Rutter as the Western Storm Physiotherapist, with University of Exeter Sport Science Support Officer PJ Dundass leading on the Western Storm S&C.

Western Storm Head Coach Trevor Griffin commented “I’m really excited to be back at the University of Exeter for the Kia Super League 2018 season. Staying here on site in University accommodation means the players have a training base and access to everything they need which is a great set up. The cricket facilities here are some of the best in the South West so having access to Topsham Sports Ground, Sir Christopher Ondaatje Devon Cricket Centre as well as the Athlete Development Centre and Russell Seal Fitness Centre means the squad can have the best preparation and training”.

Western Storm retain the majority of their Kia Super League 2017 winning squad which includes current England captain Heather Knight as well as World Cup stars Anya Shrubsole and Fran Wilson. New Zealander Rachel Priest and West Indies cricketer Stafanie Taylor return for their 3rd successive seasons with Western Storm. To complete the overseas signings Smriti Mandhana joins Western Storm and becomes the 1st Indian cricketer to be represented in the Kia Super League.

Featured in the Western Storm squad this year are four University of Exeter graduates (Freya Davies, Amara Carr, Lissy Macleod and Rebecca Silk), former Sports Scholars, Performance athletes and members of the University of Exeter Ladies Cricket Club. Former Sports Scholar and LLB Law graduate Freya Davies helped the University side to various BUCS indoor and outdoor finals and is now with the England Senior Women’s Academy.

Director of Sport Alison Davidson commented “At Exeter we really value the opportunity to work with National Governing Bodies and professional clubs to develop our own Performance Programme and provide the best support for our Sports Scholars and Performance Athletes who are in the performance pathway of their respective sports. It’s great to see four of our Exeter graduates represented in the Western Storm squad this year and we look forward to seeing them in action”.

New this year for the Kia Super League are home and away matches for all teams represented in the league, which is a doubling in the competitive match schedule. This adds an additional challenge but also provides a greater competitive opportunity for the players. Having beaten Southern Vipers in a closely fought encounter on finals day, to come away with the title, Western Storm kick off their season against Yorkshire Diamonds at the Cooper Associates County Ground in Taunton. Tickets for Western Storms opening match of the season are available on the Somerset County Cricket Club website https://www.somersetcountycc.co.uk/buy-tickets/information-prices/ and the game along with 11 other Kia Super League fixtures is also scheduled for coverage on Sky Sports.

Date: 20 July 2018

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