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Lee smashes century as Stars thrash Lightning in Kia Super League final

Lizelle Lee smashed the first Kia Super League Finals Day century as Surrey Stars powered their way to victory over table-toppers Loughborough Lightning

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Lizelle Lee smashed the first Kia Super League Finals Day century as Surrey Stars powered their way to victory over table-toppers Loughborough Lightning.

After losing the toss for the second time in the day, The Stars lost Bryony Smith (2) - run out by Lucy Higham - and Sarah Taylor - who top edged to Rachel Haynes coming in off the boundary - inside the Powerplay before Lee and Natalie Sciver took control.

After her match-winning effort in the semi-final victory over Western Storm, Sciver (40 from 31) was the perfect foil to the aggressor that was Lee.

Lee dominated, hitting 13 fours and six sixes in an innings of 104 from 58 which piled scoreboard pressure onto the Lightning ahead of the chase.

Lee swatted Jenny Gunn for six over mid-off in the first over then took four consecutive fours off Sophie Devine as the handbrake was released early on.

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Sciver followed her 72 not out in the semi-final with 40 in the final

The 44 Surrey scored in the first six overs was the most Loughborough had conceded in a Powerplay in this year’s competition and the Stars never looked back.

The captain and Lee shared a partnership of 111 before the latter finally departed, caught by Rachel Haynes off the bowling of Kirstie Gordon.

Sciver, Sophia Dunkley and Kapp all fell towards the end as Surrey finished on 183 for 6.

The total looked enough to put pressure on Loughborough who lost wickets at regular intervals, collapsing to 66-run defeat.

Marizanne Kapp set the tone with a crucial early wicket, pinning Devine for 5 in the second over.

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Lizelle Lee hits out

Amy Jones was bowled by Dane van Nierkerk and Kapp soon had her second of the piece, clean bowling Elyse Villani for 2 to reduce the Lightning to 26 for 3.

Dunkley got in on the act, removing opener Haynes for 17 to make it 40 for 4.

Georgia Elwiss (18) and Georgia Adams (11) looked to rebuild but van Nierkerk struck twice in the space of two deliveries to send both back to the pavilion.

19-year-old Mady Villiers bowled Lucy Higham with her first ball of the innings and at 66 for 7 it all looked over in the 12th over.

Villiers continued to clean up the tail, bowling Sarah Glenn round her legs for 18 and striking Gordon’s middle stump on her way to figures of 3 for 22 from her four overs.

Linsey Smith was the last to go, stumped by Taylor off the bowling of Laura Marsh to secure Surrey’s first Kia Super League title in emphatic fashion.

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