KSL Team of the Tournament

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.

  1. Stafanie Taylor (WS / O)
  2. Suzie Bates * (SV / O)
  3. Heather Knight (WS / E)
  4. Nat Sciver (SS /E)
  5. Arran Brindle (SV)
  6. Ellyse Perry (LL / O)
  7. Katherine Brunt (YD /E)
  8. Carla Rudd + (SV)
  9. Freya Davies (WS)
  10. Alex Hartley (SS)
  11. 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.

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6 thoughts on “KSL Team of the Tournament

  1. These teams of the tournament always throw up plenty of debate with people picking their favorites. Can’t really argue too much with your selection, although with the amount of bowling options I would replaces Davies with either Scholfield or Brookes, who both impressed me with their late order hitting.

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      • We did debate Sonia Odedra over Davies – she had one fewer wickets though a better economy… but was generally bowled outside the powerplay.

        Who would you have included instead? (Bearing in mind that if it is an England player, you have to remove one of Knight, Brunt or Sciver.)

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    • Yer – it was difficult to pick batsmen who were not also all-rounders; and as someone said above, it means we could have gone with someone like Paige Scholfield over Freya Davies at 9, but we wanted to produce a team which felt “genuine” so we went with 3 specialist bowlers nonetheless!

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  2. Team of the Tournament

    1. SR Taylor
    2. SW Bates
    3. HC Knight
    4. EA Perry
    5. NR Sciver
    6. AE Satterthwaite
    7. D van Niekerk
    8. RH Priest
    9. A Hartley
    10. A Shrubsole
    11. LCN Smith

    obviously excluding your rules of 3 overseas players and 3 England players

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