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Summary

  1. Western Storm beat Southern Vipers by seven wickets to win KSL
  2. Ex-England captain Charlotte Edwards retires after Vipers' defeat
  3. Southern Vipers post 145-5 after being put into bat
  4. Rachel Priest hits 72 off 36 balls to lead Storm run chase
  5. Storm beat Surrey Stars by three wickets to reach final

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By Amy Lofthouse

All times stated are UK

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Right, that's us done for the day. You can read the report from today's engrossing final over here.

Thanks for joining us, and congrats to Western Storm, who are the Kia Super League 2017 champions. In a bit!

Western Storm win
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'It's been a pretty easy decision'

Charlotte Edwards

Southern Vipers and ex-England captain on BBC Test Match Special

"You won't see me playing in this tournament again. Tonight is my last game. Somethings have to come to an end.

"I'm really proud of the team but it's time for me to move on.

"I'm looking forward to the next chapter and I'm pleased and proud of the team this year and I walk away happy.

"I knew halfway through the tournament that it was my last year but I've enjoyed every minute.

"It's been a pretty easy decision. I've loved playing in this competition but it's time for the younger girls to play against the best players in the world."

Stafanie Taylor, not content with hitting the winning runs in the semi-final earlier, finished this one in style for Western Storm.

'We weren't quite good enough'

Charlotte Edwards

Ex-England captain on BBC Test Match Special

"Sometimes you can't account for an innings like Rachel Priest's. You always know in Twenty20 cricket that one person can win a game and that's what's happened today.

"It blew us apart and we didn't really have any answers.

"I would have taken 145 at the start of the game but you have to bowl well. It was an incredible innings from Rachel Priest.

"I'm really proud of the team to get to the final two years in a row. We weren't quite good enough today."

Big smiles all around as Western Storm celebrate with some champagne as they lift the Kia Super League trophy. And get covered in confetti too.

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Jon Smalldon: Congratulations to Western Storm on taking the title. Thoroughly deserved. Let's see a longer season next year, please?

Rachel Priest's innings was a match turner - here are some of those enormous shots that put Western Storm in a dominant position.

Player of the match - Rachel Priest

Rachel Priest is the player of the match for her stunning 72 from 36 deliveries.

She told Sky Sports: "Stafanie wanted to go on without a runner but I'm not the quickest so we got a runner out there! We've done this win the hard way but we've played a good final here. It was a good team effort."

Western Storm captain Heather Knight speaking on Sky Sports: "It's been a real squad effort and I'm chuffed with the girls. I'm delighted to get over the line. Charlotte has been a stalwart for English cricket at the long time and a lot of players coming through look up to Charlotte. Tonight wasn't a fitting end to the amazing career that she's had."

Isabelle Westbury

Former Western Storm player on BBC Radio 5 live Sports Extra

Charlotte wasn't on the field in that World Cup final just gone but those players that won the trophy were very much Charlotte Edwards' players.

It might not be a winning day for Charlotte Edwards' side but she's signed off in style with the bat.

Kate Cross

England bowler on BBC Radio 5 Live sports extra

I was one of those naive youngsters that bowled at Charlotte in the county game. I'm really pleased she's been able to do this on her own terms but I can imagine it's never easy to walk away. She's made an incredible name for herself and she should be incredibly proud of what she's achieved.

Edwards retires

Charlotte Edwards has juts confirmed on 5 live that today will be her last appearance in the Super League. She says she "doesn't know" if it's her last game of cricket but that she is done "at this level." It's been a genuine pleasure to watch her throughout her career, and she has done wonders for the women's game in this country.

'We've won the hard way'

Anya Shrubsole speaking on BBC Radio 5 live: "Rachel Priest has really stood up for us. She's been so dangerous and when she gets going like that, she's unstoppable.

"Under lights the pitch seemed to come on a little bit better. We were always going to bat second. I think it was a better pitch than the first game suggested. This second game was one or the batters and ours came out on top.

"Stafanie took a lot of responsibility in the first game, seeing us home, and she's done that again in this game. We've won in the hard way but it's the theme of my summer - beating the team in the final that you lost to at the start."

The Southern Vipers battered Western Storm in the first match of the Super League. Now Storm have taken the Vipers title. How pleasingly circular.

Dan Norcross

BBC Test Match Special

It's been a fantastic performance by the Storm who have been powered to this by Rachel Priest, who took the game by the scruff of the neck.

We've got a new winner on the WSL after last year when the Vipers beat the Storm in the final. The roles have been reversed.

The Western Storm players come charging onto the pitch wihle a gutted Charlotte Edwards consolers her team-mates. Heather Knight gathers her players to her and offers a few words of congratulations, before they all start jumping up and down like kids on Christmas day.

BreakingSTORM WIN BY SEVEN WICKETS

Storm 146-3

WON WITH A SIX! Western Storm are the 2017 Super League champions!

Cool as you like, Stafanie Taylor leaned back and hoicked the ball over the ropes to take her side to victory. What a game.

Storm 145-3

Sophie Luff lets the ball run off the outside edge - the scores are level.

Storm 144-3

And another wide! Two from 14 balls...

Storm 143-3

Katie George reappears as Charlotte Edwards shuffles her bowlers around. Taylor and Luff are so relaxed, flicking a single here and working one there. A wide takes Storm to within just three runs of the KSL title.

Storm 140-3

Need 6 from 18 balls

Natasha Farrant is back on and, given the match situation, holds her nerve really well to send down a tidy over. Just two singles from it.

Storm 138-3

Need 8 from 24 balls

Sophie Luff
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Oh, that's such a good shot from Sophie Luff! A glorious chip down the ground and there's one bounce before the ball goes over the ropes and avoids Sophie Bates' arm. And Hayley Matthews does the same thing a few deliveries later! A gorgeous lofted drive, Matthews holding the pose for the cameras as she adds yet another boundary to the total.

Storm 128-3

Need 18 from 30 balls

Suzie Bates is back on. It's all quiet for two deliveries and then Hayley Matthews absolutely launches her over cow corner for four. Not being able to run doesn't matter if you can hit them like that.

Dan Norcross

BBC Test Match Special

Barring an absolute collapse, this is the Western Storm's match.

Storm 123-3

Need 23 from 36 balls

Hayley Matthews is back - pace off has worked on this pitch so far. But Western Storm are so far ahead now they can do this in singles. And indeed they do, right up until Luff moves down the pitch, takes a full delivery and hoicks it over the ropes.

Priest out for 72

Rachel Priest, what an innings - 72 runs, a strike rate of 200, but it all came to an end after this superb catch on the boundary by Danni Wyatt.

Storm 115-3

Taylor 11, Luff 15

Arran Brindle's into her last over now and Luff, who has read her better than most, gets on one knee and sweeps her down to the boundary. That's a fine shot - Luff turned that into a full toss to really get full value out of that shot.

Storm 109-3

Need 37 from 48 balls

Up and over goes Sophie Luff to Katie George, and she wallops a delivery over mid-wicket to bring up the Storm's 100. And again! That one is a touch streakier, a leading edge that evades the diving keeper and into the ropes. Now it's Hayley Matthews' turn to get a boundary down at third man, with an edge that beats Charlotte Edwards' diving stop.

Lydia Greenway

Ex-England batter on BBC Test Match Special

If Vipers are going to try to pull back the momentum in this game is has got to be now.

They really need to pounce.

Storm 96-3

Need 50 from 54 balls

Sophie Luff is the next player to the crease. She's got Arran Brindle to contend with, and there's just two singles from the over as Brindle takes the pace right off.

Priest is now the tournament's leading run-scorer - here's a few of her most damaging shots during her 36-ball 72. She struck ten boundaries and three sixes during her time at the crease.

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Priest c Wyatt b George 72 (Storm 94-3)

Rachel Priest gone! And what a catch to dismiss her! Priest hoicks the ball high into the air, looking for another six, and Danni Wyatt takes a brilliant catch down on the boundary! It's a low catch, Wyatt running around to her right and sliding to get both hands underneath it.

Storm 94-2

Here's left-armer Katie George, and her first ball is summarily cut away over backward point for four by Priest! This has been some innings. And again! It's a cut shot yet again and the ball just fizzes across the field and into the ropes. A fielder wouldn't have had a chance of getting to that. You can't give Priest any width to play with. Taylor is really struggling here and she calls for Wilson as she gets to the other end.

Out come the drinks and, presumably, a message for Stafanie Taylor. She's really hobbling about now.

And, in fact, Fran Wilson is poised to come back onto the playing field - looks like she'll be Taylor's runner.

Storm 84-2

Need 62 from 66 balls

Taylor's off the mark with a boundary! She drives a full toss and it beats the diving fielder - and just as well for Taylor as she immediately pulled up as she started running down the wicket. There's a real grimace on her face as she grips at her right leg. She has a quick chat with Priest and sees out the over.

Stafanie Taylor, who looks to be moving okay, is at the crease. This could be fun with her and Priest if she gets her eye in...

Dan Norcross

BBC Test Match Special

Southern Vipers
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That's a breakthrough for the Vipers that was desperately needed.

Arran Brindle is a very wily bowler.

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Wilson b Brindle 8 (Storm 80-2)

Gone! Yorker! Arran Brindle's lack of pace has done for Fran Wilson as the ball sneaks under the bat and clatters into the off stump. A lovely bit of bowling from the veteran seamer.

Lydia Greenway

Ex-England batter on BBC Test Match Special

Storm are cruising to victory here.

The Vipers are scratching their heads and aren't sure how to respond to this onslaught.