|1. Stafanie Taylor (WS)||220||8|
|2. Suzie Bates (SV)||180||7|
|3. Heather Knight (WS)||141||6|
|4. Dane van Niekerk (LL)||112||5|
|5. Nat Sciver (SS)||181||3|
|6. Deandra Dottin (LT)||87||7|
|7. Katherine Brunt (YD)||71||6|
|8. Ellyse Perry (LL)||126||3|
|9. Sophie Devine (LL)||71||5|
|10. Arran Brindle (SV)||91||3|
Ranking = Runs * Strike Rate * Wickets / Economy
In the battle of the international captains, it is West Indies’ Stafanie Taylor who comes out ahead of New Zealand’s Suzie Bates at the top of our All-Rounder Rankings. Taylor has scored more runs than Bates, at a higher Strike Rate, and has taken more wickets, though the New Zealander has a better economy rate.
With Heather Knight coming in at 3 on the leaderboard, maybe it is time for the nay-sayers to accept that she really is a genuine all-rounder, not just a batsman who has gotten a bit lucky with the ball since an injury forced her to trade her medium-pacers for off-spin a couple of years ago.
Also worth a mention are Katherine Brunt – a player whose ability to consistently crack off a few runs quickly makes her a real asset in Twenty20; and Arran Brindle – the only non-current-international on the list, who hasn’t quite “come out of retirement” to play in the KSL (she has continued to play (men’s) league cricket since her England retirement) but who has reminded us all why she is much-missed around these parts!
One final point… Loughborough Lightning clearly did some astute business in selecting their overseas stars – all three of them make the all-rounders list, and we suspect this isn’t a coincidence – perhaps showing the value in having a head coach who has been part of the England “Performance” setup for a number of years, and therefore knows the form-book better than anyone else?
Seeing as Nat Sciver and Heather Knight, Katherine Brunt etc. featured high up in the list, the absence of Georgia Elwiss from these stats is conspicuous to me. After getting the calculator out, it turns out Elwiss has scored 58 runs and taken 5 wickets so far. Her average is 11.6, strike rate 91 and in bowling her wickets have cost 24.4 runs apiece and she has gone at 7.6 runs per over. This would seem to indicate that she has not quite performed at her best. I wondered before the KSL started, having seen very little of Georgia in T20 before, if she was best suited to the format and indeed it does appear that she is much more effective in the longer form of the game. Still, she could yet improve those T20 figures tomorrow. Much anticipation for finals day now!