A dramatic final over saw South East Stars open their Charlotte Edwards Cup campaign with a narrow win over Western Storm.

In what was a tense finish at the Seat Unique Stadium in Bristol, the Stars claimed a four-run victory, thanks to Tash Farrant's impressive performance.

The former England all-rounder showed her prowess, restricting the Storm's required 10 runs in the final over to just six, and eventually contributing 1-23 from her three overs.

Earlier, Amanda-Jane Wellington had played a pivotal role in limiting Stars to 132-9, claiming 3-22 from her own four overs and completing a catch and run out.

Stars' highest scorer, Aylish Cranstone, managed only 31 after the team's dramatic loss of five wickets in 25 balls during the middle innings.

The Storm had a promising start with Emma Corney's return to the side.

She scored an impressive 37-ball 40, with Niamh Holland adding 32 from 36 deliveries.

Despite their efforts, Alex Griffiths and Sophie Luff were dismissed in the final over, leading to an exhausting chase that fell short.

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Stars all-rounder Tash Farrant said: "It was a case of using our experience and keeping our nerve at the death. I knew I would have to bowl that last over, but I felt comfortable doing it and the team fielded superbly well to see us over the line."

Farrant further praised her team's disciplined display.

She also highlighted Wellington's impressive bowling and Cranstone's late innings that brought the Stars up to a "competitive score."

While it was a nail-biting finish, for Farrant, "coming out on the right side of it" is what mattered most.

Meanwhile, Storm’s Amanda-Jade Wellington praised her team's performance in the field but acknowledged their need for a "better" batting strategy.

Wellington said: "It feels like a bit of an opportunity missed.

"We did really well to restrict them to 132 and that was probably our most complete bowling and fielding display of the season.

"But in the end, we need to be better with the bat and it's disappointing that we left ourselves with too much to do at the death."

Despite the loss, Wellington pointed out the "good signs and positives" they could bring to the next game.