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Sara Francis-Bayman’s side will now face Leeds Rhinos Netball in the semi-finals at the Copper Box Arena on Saturday; Team Bath Netball will meet Manchester Thunder in the other semi-final

Last Updated: 21/06/21 8:50pm

Loughborough Lightning finished the regular season with a statement victory (Image credit - Ben Lumley)

Loughborough Lightning finished the regular season with a statement victory (Image credit – Ben Lumley)

Loughborough Lightning secured top spot in the Vitality Netball Superleague after a 54-35 victory over Team Bath Netball in the final game of the regular season.

Sara Francis-Bayman’s team went into the contest knowing they needed to win by at least four goals in order to finish on top. However, they were off the back of a loss to Manchester Thunder last weekend and had been beaten by Bath earlier in the season.

Lightning led from the start, though, as they shook the usually unflappable Bath attack-end early, and they kept their foot to the floor for the full 48 minutes.

The result means Lightning will take on Leeds Rhinos Netball in one of the Superleague semi-finals on Saturday afternoon at the Copper Box Arena. Team Bath Netball will face the 2019 champions, Manchester Thunder, in the other.

The winners of the two play-off matches will then duel for the title on Sunday afternoon, and every match will be shown live on Sky Sports and streamed on the Sky Sports YouTube channel.

Vitality Netball Superleague – Semi-finals

Saturday at 1.30pm Loughborough Lightning vs Leeds Rhinos Netball Live on Sky Sports Action and Mix, streamed on the Sky Sports YouTube channel
Saturday at 3.45pm Manchester Thunder vs Team Bath Netball Live on Sky Sports Action and Mix, streamed on the Sky Sports YouTube channel

“It does feel pretty good, we’re really happy to finish top,” Francis-Bayman told Sky Sports, after her team’s outstanding victory.

“Tonight, the players did such a good job at just gradually building a lead and continuously pushing on.

“I’m really proud of their bounce back from last week, because they were terrible and to come out and play like they did this evening, it takes a lot of guts.”

More to follow…

Sky Sports is your home of netball. The Vitality Netball Superleague continues on Saturday, with the semi-finals live on Sky Sports Mix and streamed on the Sky Sports YouTube channel from 1.30pm.





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