Kia Super League Squads – Facts & Figures

Age Old Questions

  • The average age of a KSL player is 24.
  • Lancashire Thunder have both the oldest (Laura Newton, 38) and youngest (Sophie Ecclestone, 16) players.
  • Southern Vipers are the oldest team (average age 25).
  • Lancashire Thunder are the youngest team (average age 23).

Counting The Counties

  • Sussex, Yorkshire, Kent and Lancashire have the most KSL players – 8 each.
  • Of the D1 counties, Staffordshire have the fewest players – just 2 – Eve Jones and Steph Butler.
  • Aside from the overseas players, three players didn’t play county or other top-level cricket in 2015 – Laura Newton, Arran Brindle and Rosalie Fairbairn (née Birch) – in the latter two cases, due to maternity.

Role Play

Based on the player’s primary role for the current county or country, there are:

  • 35 bowlers.
  • 25 all-rounders.
  • 22 batsmen.
  • 8 wicket keepers.
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NEWS: Full Kia Super League Squads

Lancashire Thunder

  1. Kate Cross (EW)
  2. Sarah Taylor (EW) (Capt)
  3. Danielle Wyatt (EW)
  4. Sarah Coyte (O)
  5. Deandra Dottin (O)
  6. Hayley Matthews (O)
  7. Sophie Ecclestone (EWA)
  8. Emma Lamb (EWA)
  9. Ellie Threlkeld (EWA)
  10. Natalie Brown
  11. Georgia Holmes
  12. Laura Marshall
  13. Natasha Miles
  14. Laura Newton
  15. Nalisha Patel

Loughborough Lightning

  1. Georgia Elwiss (EW) (Capt)
  2. Rebecca Grundy (EW)
  3. Amy Jones (EW)
  4. Beth Langston (EW)
  5. Sophie Devine (O)
  6. Ellyse Perry (O)
  7. Dane van Nierkerk (O)
  8. Evelyn Jones (EWA)
  9. Alex MacDonald (EWA)
  10. Georgie Boyce
  11. Thea Brookes
  12. Amy Gauvrit
  13. Lauren Griffiths
  14. Sonia Odedra
  15. Paige Scholfield

Southern Vipers

  1. Charlotte Edwards (EW) (Capt)
  2. Natasha Farrant (EW)
  3. Lydia Greenway (EW)
  4. Suzie Bates (O)
  5. Sara McGlashan (O)
  6. Megan Schutt (O)
  7. Georgia Adams (EWA)
  8. Ellen Burt (EWA)
  9. Katie George (EWA)
  10. Arran Brindle
  11. Isabelle Collis
  12. Daisy Gardner
  13. Alice Macleod
  14. Fi Morris
  15. Carla Rudd

Surrey Stars

  1. Tammy Beaumont (EW)
  2. Laura Marsh (EW)
  3. Natalie Sciver (EW) (Capt)
  4. Rene Farrell (O)
  5. Marizanne Kapp (O)
  6. Meg Lanning (O)
  7. Sophia Dunkley (EWA)
  8. Alex Hartley (EWA)
  9. Bryony Smith (EWA)
  10. Aylish Cranstone
  11. Grace Gibbs
  12. Cordelia Griffith
  13. Raveena Lakhtaria
  14. Beth Morgan
  15. Kirstie White

Western Storm

  1. Heather Knight (EW) (Capt)
  2. Anya Shrubsole (EW)
  3. Fran Wilson (EW)
  4. Lizelle Lee (O)
  5. Rachel Priest (O)
  6. Stafanie Taylor (O)
  7. Freya Davies (EWA)
  8. Sophie Luff (EWA)
  9. Amara Carr
  10. Jodie Dibble
  11. Rosalie Fairbairn
  12. Georgia Hennessy
  13. Sophie Mackenzie
  14. Cait O’Keefe
  15. Izzy Westbury

Yorkshire Diamonds

  1. Katherine Brunt (EW)
  2. Jenny Gunn (EW)
  3. Danielle Hazell (EW)
  4. Lauren Winfield (EW) (Capt)
  5. Alex Blackwell (O)
  6. Beth Mooney (O)
  7. Shabnim Ismail (O)
  8. Hollie Armitage (EWA)
  9. Steph Butler (EWA)
  10. Alice Davidson Richards
  11. Teresa Graves
  12. Katie Levick
  13. Anna Nicholls
  14. Laura Spragg
  15. Katie Thompson

NEWS: Warwickshire Sign England’s Gunn

England’s Jenny Gunn has followed Danni Wyatt out of the door at Nottinghamshire, making the move across the Midlands to Warwickshire.

Notts were relegated from Division 1 of the Women’s County Championship at the end of last season; and an exeat was therefore expected as their England players seek to maintain a high standard of domestic cricket.

In 10 seasons at Notts, Gunn scored nearly 3,000 runs at an impressive average of 46 (helped by a fair few of Not Outs) and took 83 wickets, including her domestic career-best 5-3 against Kent last season.

The signing is a massive boost for Warwickshire, who have been to the brink of relegation themselves a number of times recently, but have acquired the useful  knack of somehow clinging on.

NEWS: ECB – We DID Invite Indian Players

The ECB have confirmed to CRICKETher that the BCCI were contacted in advance of the selection of overseas players for the Kia Super League, but that no Indians expressed an interest in playing in the tournament.

This contradicts the BCCI’s claims in an article by Snehal Pradhan on Firstpost that “they had not received any…communication from the ECB and that they could only consider allowing Indian players [to participate] after they did.”

An ECB spokesperson states that they “made contact with the overseas boards for all seven of the [other] teams involved with the ICC Women’s Championship, asking them to invite their players to express an interest in playing in the Kia Super League…None of the 65 players who expressed an interest in playing in the Kia Super League were from India.”

While Indian fans have been disappointed at the lack of inclusion of the likes of Mithali Raj and Jhulan Goswami in KSL, this suggests that it was the BCCI’s own reluctance (or that of their players?) which has prevented any Indians from being involved.

NEWS: BCCI Claim ECB Did Not Invite Indians To Super League

UPDATE: See here for the ECB’s response.

This week’s announcement of the overseas stars for the Kia Super League has become overshadowed in the eyes of some Indian fans by an apparent row between the ECB and the BCCI over why no Indian players are involved.

The overseas contingent includes 7 Australians, 4 New Zealanders, 4 South Africans and 2 West Indians… but no Indians – much to the dissapointment of Indian fans:

The ECB had previously claimed to have contacted all the other boards offering their players the chance to participate.

But a spokesperson for the BCCI has appeared to contradict this, as Snehal Pradhan writes in India’s Firstpost:

“A senior BCCI official told Firstpost that they had not received any such communication from the ECB and that they could only consider allowing Indian players after they did.”

[Full Article]

Clearly, somebody is being disingenuous, but the question is… who?

UPDATE: See here for the ECB’s response.

UPDATE 2: This piece on Cricinfo makes it abundantly clear what the answer is to the above question!

LIVE: Kia Super League – Overseas Player Announcements

Follow this page for updates on today’s announcements!

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.

Salliann Briggs speaks to CRICKETher: On Loughborough Lightning, Hopes for Super League – and Ellyse Perry!

When I meet Loughborough Lightning coach Salliann Briggs on her home turf at Loughborough University, it is the day after Kia Super League England player allocations have been announced, and her excitement about the competition is palpable – and infectious. While Briggs has already worked at Loughborough for nearly 7 years, as MCCU Cricket Performance Manager and coach of the England Women U15 and U19 squads, Super League presents a new challenge:

“[Previously my role] has been a lot about developing individual cricketers…this is going to be a fairly new experience because results matter. It puts me under completely different pressures, but having access to probably the best domestic [women’s] competition in the world now is a great job for me. I’m really looking forward to it!”

Part of Briggs’s excitement comes from the recent England player allocations. She will have Becky Grundy, Georgia Elwiss, Amy Jones and Beth Langston at her disposal during the competition, and while there have been some suggestions that Loughborough have drawn the short straw in having no “marquee” England player on their team, Briggs says that all four were at the top of her list when making player requests to the ECB. She stresses the importance of having 4 players who are graduates of or current students at the university:

“The university are a standalone organisation, [unlike] some of the other hosts. So it’s a big investment for Loughborough University, and we wanted to make sure that we had players that are linked to Loughborough that have actually enabled us to achieve this host status.”

“It was also important that [they] were living in Loughborough. Because part of this process for me is not just a 3-week competition, or a trophy, it’s about making sure we provide the right support for these girls on a year-round basis. So assigning an England player that has to travel 2 hours for a training session, just wouldn’t make sense.”

She also points out that her 4 allocated players provide the core of a well-balanced side:

“With Beth [Langston] I’ve got an opening bowler. With Grundy I’ve got a left-arm spinner, and [there are] stats about how important left-arm spinners are at the highest level. A keeper and top-order bat, Amy Jones. And then Georgia Elwiss, who’s a genuine batting all-rounder. It’s made my life a lot easier trying to piece everyone else around them.”

Each KSL team will also have 3 overseas players allocated to them – to be announced in due course – and Briggs says she is “looking forward to the challenges [as coach] of working with someone from a different country”. She refuses to be drawn on the persistent rumours linking Aussie superstar Ellyse Perry – whose husband Matt Toomua will be nearby, playing for Leicester Tigers – to the Loughborough franchise, though she does acknowledge that it would be a coup for her side were the rumours to be proved true:  “I only wish that we have someone like her!”

She also quashes the suggestion that Loughborough have not yet announced their captain because Perry is to be given the job, saying that it is almost certain that one of the 4 allocated England players – Langston, Jones, Elwiss or Grundy – will be handed the captaincy reins, but that she wanted to wait until the squad returned from the World Twenty20 in order to “have a good discussion with no distractions” with each of the players, and then “make an informed decision” based on those conversations.

Why was Loughborough’s bid successful where others based at first-class counties – notably Edgbaston – failed? Briggs emphasises their history of a strong commitment to the women’s game:

“A legacy of the Graham Dilley era is that we made a commitment that we were going to treat female cricketers exactly the same as male cricketers, and we have always done that…I’d like to say that any female cricketer who’s gone through [Loughborough University] would say, ‘I had everything I needed to fulfil my potential’.”

“The location on campus of the National Cricket Performance Centre and the access the girls will get to that, and the additional conditioning facilities and expertise there, was central to our bid.”

While there’s suddenly a lot more interest in women’s cricket around the country now the ECB have invested £3.5 million in the KSL, the awarding of the franchise to Loughborough is, according to Briggs, an acknowledgement by the ECB of the investment that Loughborough have long made in the women’s game – with at times half of the England team having graduated from the University and her MCCU programme.

Briggs is clearly driven partly by the desire to win the inaugural Super League, which would surely be a feather in her coaching cap. However, she stresses that to her, the competition is about more than just results on the pitch:

“It’s about making sure we provide the right support for these girls on a year-round basis. I want to feel that all 15 players have got access to everything they need…Also, we want to make sure that we’re doing our bit in this local area, in the Midlands, in getting a new wave of spectators and young players that really enjoy women’s cricket.”

Loughborough’s aim, according to Briggs, is to attract between 300 and 700 people at each of their 3 home matches, and they are beginning their games at 4.30pm in order to encourage as many people as possible to come along. While Briggs recognises the criticism Loughborough – as the only host without a first-class county ground – have received, she is quick to point out that their smaller venue size will actually be more conducive to a good atmosphere than some of the other host stadiums. She also emphasises that they are working hard behind the scenes to make the spectator experience as friendly as possible:

“Not playing in a stadium offers us (and ECB) some unique opportunities to try some development initiatives with girl cricketers, and we’ve already talked to the local County Boards about this. We have another large playing area adjacent to the match ground where we can host some small games and coaching clinics/ ‘have a go sessions’ etc for girls, and then they can come across to the matches. It can be a great experience – which is what we’re looking at for the girls.”

“One of our games is on the same day as the Opening Ceremony of the Olympics so we’re doing a Brazilian theme – there’s going to be a carnival outside, and inflatables – as well as the cricket experiences.. I’ve been involved in some of the planning meetings and what I’m hearing is very exciting.”

“I guess the biggest message is, that [compared with] what people have experienced before when coming to watch cricket games at Loughborough, it will be completely different.”

Loughborough Lightning’s aim, in the words of Briggs, is “to be the leading Kia super League host”. If her own sense of purpose and vision can translate into results on and off the pitch, it’s hard to see them failing.