LIVE: Kia Super League – Overseas Player Announcements

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6:15 – The England Academy player allocations will be announced next week. See you back here then!

17:30 – Interesting to consider whether these are the best 18 players in the world – or has it been more a case of trying to create well-balanced teams? No Alyssa Healy for example – did she lose out because of lack of space for another keeper?

17:20 – Richard Pyrah, Yorkshire Diamonds coach, suggests that his main criteria for picking overseas players was success in WBBL: “I wanted somebody who’s been there, done it and knows how to win.” He’ll no doubt be pretty chuffed to have landed Alex Blackwell.

10:20 – Were we expecting any Indian players to be part of KSL? Not really, if we’re honest!

10:15 – The ECB have certainly kept their promise that this will be “The Best v. The Best” – all of these teams now have their very own Ace of Spades – e.g. Loughborough (the one team without a “marquee” England player) now have Ellyse Perry!!

10:10 – In theory, South Africa are touring Ireland during the KSL window, and despite rumours to the contrary, the last we heard is this is still “on”, so we’ve no idea what this means for the South African players named today???

9:45 – Any massive surprises here? Not really! Perhaps we might have been expecting to see South African captain Mignon du Preez in there… but there is still one player yet to be announced!

Lancashire Thunder

  • Deandra Dottin (WI)
  • Sarah Coyte (AUS)
  • TBD
  • Kate Cross
  • Danni Wyatt
  • Sarah Taylor

Loughborough Lightning

  • Sophie Devine (NZ)
  • Ellyse Perry (AUS)
  • Dane van Niekerk (SA)
  • Becky Grundy
  • Georgia Elwiss
  • Amy Jones
  • Beth Langston

Southern Vipers

  • Suzie Bates (NZ)
  • Sara McGlashan (NZ)
  • Megan Schutt (AUS)
  • Charlotte Edwards
  • Tash Farrant
  • Lydia Greenway

Surrey Stars

  • Meg Lanning (AUS)
  • Marizanne Kapp (SA)
  • Rene Farrell (AUS)
  • Nat Sciver
  • Laura Marsh
  • Tammy Beaumont

Western Storm

  • Stafanie Taylor (WI)
  • Rachel Priest (NZ)
  • Lizelle Lee (SA)
  • Heather Knight
  • Anya Shrubsole
  • Fran Wilson

Yorkshire Diamonds

  • Shabnim Ismail (SA)
  • Beth Mooney (AUS)
  • Alex Blackwell (AUS)
  • Lauren Winfield
  • Katherine Brunt
  • Dani Hazell
  • Jenny Gunn

9:15 – Welcome to our Live Blog of the KSL overseas player announcements – we are expecting the news to start coming in at around 9:30am. We’ll start things off with some FAQs…

What’s being announced today? Which “overseas” players are playing for which teams – each of the six teams are expected to announce 3 overseas players. Note that “overseas” means non-EU players – the vast majority are expected to be from Australia, New Zealand, West Indies and South Africa.

How were the decisions made? We understand that 80 or so overseas players applied to be part of KSL and a big list was drawn-up which was sent to all the teams. The teams said which players they wanted, with the players also given the opportunity to express a preference, before ECB then made the final decisions.

3 thoughts on “LIVE: Kia Super League – Overseas Player Announcements

  1. Thanks for the coverage.

    No Healy, no Villani, no Matthews (granted I’ve no idea whether any applied).

    So 20 (Eng players) + 18 (Overseas) + 12 (Academy from SL tour) = 50 leaving another 40 to find (6 x 15).
    There is Dibble and Odedra who have reached senior level and another 36 players who have reached academy level (and still playing) – so that’s 88.

    Assuming Beaumont and Winfield aren’t about to don their keeper gloves again it will be interesting to see who is behind the pegs. Healy isn’t in the overseas list, granted we only know 17 of the 18 but its Lancs that are missing the 18th player and they’ve got Taylor and then where does Threlkeld go – kept on SL academy tour but Lancashire is her home team. Presumably Amara Carr, Abigail Freeborn and Carla Rudd come into the reckoning.


  2. So Loughborough may have seemingly been given the short straw in their England players allocation (although I’m still not sure about that) – but they have certainly hit the jackpot with their overseas players. Devine, Perry and DVN are three of the world’s leading all rounders, and are all terrifically exciting players. They are probably the best 3 overseas picks out of any of the teams overall. Loughborough are also the only team who could conceivably fill the rest of their line-up with batters, because they already have enough bowling and then some! And they are sure to get some decent Academy players too, so I think things are looking up for them.

    It will be interesting to rate the sides so far, though, given that the supposedly best players are now known. All the teams look strong in their own ways. But, there’s still plenty of names to come and we can’t be sure about too much yet.

    Vipers’ selections are interesting. Very solid and capable but perhaps not the most spectacular compared to some of the other sides. No spinners announced yet. Will they have enough quality spin options to keep the opposition run rate down?

    And Lancashire will need to fill their remaining overseas spot with a good player as well. So I think, the balance has shifted away from Southern Vipers and Lancashire a little and towards Loughborough. Yorkshire were strong, and with their excellent overseas trio now look even stronger.

    Surrey’s signings are impressive and Lanning will be rejoining Sciver to play for a side with “Stars” in the name, again like in the WBBL…let’s hope the team live up to that name.

    Maybe Western Storm are a bit light in the bowling department – Shrubsole is their only announced non spin bowler and they will be relying heavily on the (admittedly pretty good) spin of Knight and Taylor and their academy/development players to make up the numbers. However they have plenty of batting power.

    Lancashire look a bit short with the bat – solidity wise – given how fragile the likes of Taylor and Wyatt can be. Dottin is their most “solid” player and she’s as good with the ball as the bat these days. Their other overseas player was supposed to be Jonassen, who is now injured so I’d suggest they go for a specialist batter. Lancs could beat anyone on their day but if they have an off day, I can see them getting skittled. And do they have enough reliable wicket-takers either, I’m not sure…

    The only big-name players (at least of those we could have expected to see) who are conspicuous by their absence, and I’d have really liked to have seen, are Healy, as was mentioned, Villani and also Hayley Matthews. She would have been a real privilege to watch, but her WWT20 performance probably came a bit late – decisions had already been made.

    The prospects of Surrey vs. Yorkshire at the Oval, and Lancashire at Guildford (matches I have booked up for) are very enticing now and it should be a good, high quality league. Let’s hope for some decent weather and not to have it blighted by a damp, dreary couple of weeks.


  3. Opportunities to shine for the squad players and learn from some serious talent, in a short time frame.

    I await news of a dedicated Sky Sports channel – like they do for Darts & F1 – maybe not but hopefully at least 10 games including semi’s and final would be a start.


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