For our Team of the Tournament we’ve stuck to the same rules as the KSL itself: 3 overseas and 3 England, with the remainder selected from amongst the county and Academy players.
We’ve tried to pick players in their natural batting position – meaning (unluckily) no spot for Lancashire Thunder opener Emma Lamb – and to include a balanced bowling attack of seamers and spinners.
- Stafanie Taylor (WS / O)
- Suzie Bates * (SV / O)
- Heather Knight (WS / E)
- Nat Sciver (SS /E)
- Arran Brindle (SV)
- Ellyse Perry (LL / O)
- Katherine Brunt (YD /E)
- Carla Rudd + (SV)
- Freya Davies (WS)
- Alex Hartley (SS)
- Linsey Smith (SV)
O = Overseas; E = England
The top of the batting order pretty-much picks itself – Stafanie Taylor and our captain, Suzie Bates, were the outstanding players of the tournament; whilst Heather Knight and Nat Sciver were the best performing England players in our batting rankings.
For the all-rounders, we’ve gone for Arran Brindle who had a great tournament with the ball and contributed some quick runs coming in late with the bat; Ellyse Perry, who started poorly, but whose class came-good over the competition as a whole; and Katherine Brunt, who showed she really is an all-rounder at this level, contributing vital runs as well as her usual wickets for the Diamonds.
Carla Rudd is our glove-butler, having had a very tidy tournament behind the stumps for the Southern Vipers, also contributing 4 dismissals – all stumpings.
Finally for our bowlers, we’ve selected a seamer – Freya Davies, who took 5 wickets at a very respectable economy rate of 7.4 for an opening bowler; and two spinners – Alex Hartley and Linsey Smith, whose 4-10 for the Vipers versus the Diamonds were the best figures for a spinner in the tournament.