Katherine Brunt is aiming for third time lucky for the Yorkshire Diamonds in 2018 as they aim to break their Finals Day duck in the Kia Super League.

The England World Cup star has been frustrated by Yorkshire’s failure to make the top three in either of the first two KSL campaigns, as they have finished fifth out of six on each occasion.

But at a launch event in Bristol this week – the home territory of the 2017 champions, Western Storm, where Yorkshire will begin their campaign in Taunton on July 22 – the 32-year-old from Barnsley outlined the reasons why she believes the Diamonds can sparkle this summer.

“We would love to make the finals this year,” she said. “We have had a tough two years getting our youngsters up to the level, which is effectively international standards, and obviously getting the balance right of the team. Hopefully we have got the balance right to get to the finals this year.”

Yorkshire have recruited Beth Langston to join Brunt and Lauren Winfield as the England trio in their squad, and Brunt is also relishing the return of Sri Lankan star Chamari Atapattu among their overseas contingent.

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