|1. Linsey Smith (SV)||8||4.33|
|2. Anya Shrubsole (WS)||8||5.42|
|3. Hayley Matthews (LT)||8||5.44|
|4. Alex Hartley (SS)||8||5.50|
|5. Suzie Bates (SV)||7||5.33|
|6. Danni Hazell (YD)||7||5.36|
|7. Becky Grundy (LL)||8||6.13|
|8. Stafanie Taylor (WS)||8||6.78|
|9. Katherine Brunt (YD)||6||5.35|
|10. Heather Knight (WS)||6||5.40|
Ranking = Wickets / Economy
Whilst our Batting Rankings were dominated by the overseas stars, there are a few more home-grown players in our KSL Bowling Rankings, and they don’t come much more home grown at the top of the list than Berkshire’s Linsey Smith, who is the only player in the Top 10 not to have played international cricket. Smith has also played one fewer match than all the rest of the leaderboard, having only come into the tournament as a late replacement, making her achievement all the more impressive.
(Smith is not only the joint-highest wicket taker in the group stages, but she also has the best economy figure overall – only two other bowlers (both also Vipers – Morna Nielsen and Katie George) have economy rates under 5.)
West Indies’ all-rounder Hayley Matthews has had a nightmare KSL with the bat, averaging just 4 from 5 innings; but she has made up for it with the ball, coming in at number 3 in our rankings, with 8 wickets at 5.44; just pipping England’s Alex Hartley, who took 8 wickets at 5.50, showing once again that she really does have what it takes to compete at the very highest levels of the game, and hopefully sealing her selection for England’s overseas tours this autumn.
The only problem with Hartley is her fielding and what about Eccleston? You guys don’t seem to give her much praise. She is only 17 and looked the real deal for England. She also bowled in the powerplays for Lancs.
Maybe there is room for them both but Marsh was impressive against Pakistan. With Hazel, who is also proven at the highest level, there is good competiton for places and if it’s a close call the ability to field well might be crucial.
Don’t forget Grundy, she bowled beautifully in the one live game I managed to get to against Yorkshire