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Southern Vipers bring the silverware back to Eastleigh

There was a hero's welcome at Hendy Kia this week as staff congratulated the Southern Vipers on their victory in the first ever Kia Women's Super League.

Hampshire-based Hendy Kia announced its sponsorship of the all-female team earlier this year and the partnership proved a success as the Southern Vipers claimed the inaugural cup title last month.

Suzie Bates from the team visited Hendy Kia in Eastleigh this week to show off their silverware and inspire staff with her tale of triumph. Having only been founded earlier this year, the team won all but one of their group games before going on to defeat Western Storm in the Kia Women's Super League Final.

Captain Charlotte Edwards, a former leader of the England team, said: "It's been an amazing few months, coming together as a new team and putting in a performance like we did. We're immensely proud and thankful to Hendy Kia for its support throughout the competition."

Paul Hendy, chief executive of Hendy Group, said: "We are so proud of the team and delighted that Suzie visits to share this inspirational story with staff here at Hendy Kia. The Southern Vipers are proof that with hard work and the right support comes success and that's a fantastic message for all of our employees."

As well as supporting the Southern Vipers through its sponsorship, Hendy Kia has been working with the team to inspire more women and girls to play cricket at all levels. Earlier this month it held a special training session for local school pupils at the Ageas Bowl, where youngsters got the chance to play alongside the league-winning team.

Paul added: "The Kia Super League has been set up to inspire more women and girls play cricket and that's something we are very pleased to support. As a company with a long association with supporting cricket we think it's a fantastic initiative."