Beth Langston hopes to create Kia Super League history with Lougborough Lightning at Essex’s County Ground tomorrow

PUBLISHED: 15:00 20 August 2016

Beth Langston (back row, far left) and her Loughborough Lightning team-mates pose after beating Yorkshire in the inaugural Kia Super League women's match (pic: ECB/Daniel Smith/Getty Images)

Beth Langston (back row, far left) and her Loughborough Lightning team-mates pose after beating Yorkshire in the inaugural Kia Super League women's match (pic: ECB/Daniel Smith/Getty Images)

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Upminster bowler, who played for England three years ago, confident team can deliver success on the big stage this weekend

Upminster’s Beth Langston feels Loughborough Lightning have more than enough to come out on top in the Kia Super League finals day at Essex.

The former Hall Mead pupil will hope to be involved in two games at the County Ground and create a little bit of history in the process.

The six-team women’s Kia Super League tournament has enjoyed a fine debut season, with the culmination on Sunday.

Loughborough finished the round-robin in third place and will come up against Western Storm, who were second, in the semi-final at 11am.

Whoever makes it through will face table-toppers Southern Vipers at 3pm to decide who is the winner of the inaugural Kia Super League title.

Langston said: “We have definitely got a good enough team to win the competition if we play well on the day.

“It has been nice that we have had different people step up and perform in all of our matches.

“We have got plenty of strength in depth and everybody has got runs and taken wickets at some stage.”

Langston has taken three wickets from the five games she has played in the Super League so far and produced a run-out.

The 23-year-old, who made her England debut three years ago, will be looking to add to her tally on Sunday and after struggling with injuries in recent years, winning the Super League would make 2016 a memorable one.

Loughborough will also take confidence from the fact they beat Storm earlier in the competition.

“We played them before and it was a close game, we only won by five runs,” said Langston.

“I think that will give us some extra confidence and it’s been great to be involved in the Super League.

“Lots of the games have been covered on the radio and we’ve had a lot of media attending matches.

“It is great that women’s cricket is getting more exposure now and I think it will only continue to get better.”

What also makes Sunday’s finals day extra special is the fact it’s being played at Essex’s County Ground.

Langston spent the early part of her career there and is looking forward to going back to familiar surroundings tomorrow.

She said: “I’m really looking forward to it, you always get a good crowd for women’s international games at Essex so I expect the same on Sunday.

“It will be nice to be back there, I spent a few years at the County Ground when I was younger so it will be great to play in front of a home crowd in a way.”


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