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England stars Taylor and Hartley swap clubs for Kia Super League

Wicketkeeper Sarah Taylor has made the move from Lancashire Thunder to Surrey Stars, while spinner Alex Hartley moves in the opposite direction

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Sarah Taylor and Alex Hartley have swapped sides ahead of the 2018 Kia Super League campaign.

Wicketkeeper Taylor has made the move from Lancashire Thunder to Surrey Stars, while spinner Hartley moves in the opposite direction.

Taylor replaces Tammy Beaumount, her England team-mate, as keeper for Surrey after Beaumont relocated to the Southern Vipers for this year's tournament.

Hartley, who claimed 10 wickets during England's World Cup triumph on home soil last summer, will join up with several of her colleagues from the national team, including Sophie Ecclestone and Danielle Hazell, at the Thunder.

Lancashire Thunder general manager Bobby Cross said: "We are delighted that Alex will play for Lancashire Thunder in the Kia Super League.

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Alex Hartley in action for Surrey Stars

"She’s a Lancastrian at heart and I know how pleased she is to be playing her cricket at Emirates Old Trafford. She is a world class performer and she’s been instrumental in England’s success in recent years.

"Our England players certainly give us some real strength in depth for our bowling attack and we’ll be announcing our overseas players in due course which will add to our batting unit.

"We are confident that going into this year’s Kia Super League, we’ll have the most balanced squad we’ve ever had.”

Hartley said: "I’m Red Rose through and through and whilst I’ve been down at Surrey Stars over the last couple of years, it really feels like I’m coming home."

Meanwhile, three more England stars have committed to Western Storm.

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Heather Knight will help defend Western Storm's title

Anya Shrubsole, Heather Knight and Fran Wilson will return for the Storm as they look to defend their title.

“This year’s tournament will be bigger than ever and that will make it much tougher, but I believe that we’ve got the quality in the squad to be successful again," said national team captain Knight.

“There’s been an amazing team spirit right throughout the squad for the last two years which has helped us to succeed and I’m sure that 2018 will be no different.

“Myself, Anya and Fran have all got links to the South West and the amount of support we’ve had at our home games has been tremendous. Hopefully we can thank all those Storm Troopers in the best possible way and win the trophy for them again.”

Elsewhere, Jenny Gunn will move to Loughborough Lightning from Yorkshire Diamonds in a straight swap deal also involving Beth Langston.

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