|1. Heather Knight (Berkshire)||308||11|
|2. Suzie Bates (Kent)||206||9|
|3. Georgia Elwiss (Sussex)||129||15|
|4. Danielle Wyatt (Sussex)||244||7|
|5. Natalie Sciver (Surrey)||190||7|
|6. Hollie Armitage (Yorkshire)||153||7|
Ranking = Runs * Strike Rate * Wickets / Economy – Min 100 Runs + 5 Wickets
This year’s Division 1 50-Over County Championship all-rounder rankings are dominated by the big international stars.
At No.1, England captain Heather Knight was once again a rock for Berkshire, with her two best performances both coming in losing causes – 92 with the bat against Warwickshire and 3-16 with the ball versus Kent.
Meanwhile, at No. 2, Knight’s New Zealand counterpart, Suzie Bates, stepped onto the English summer scene with a crash, a bang and (dare we say?) a wallop – her 206 runs and 9 wickets were a big part of why Kent won the County Championship; and she has certainly set down a marker for next year’s World Cup, as she flies home with all 3 domestic trophies in her kit bag!
Georgia Elwiss, stepping up to the Sussex captaincy in Sarah Taylor’s absence, makes the list at No. 3 after a very consistent season – she’ll remember the game against Somerset at Bath in particular, where she took 6 wickets as the hosts were knocked-over for just 126, and then hit 45 opening the batting as Sussex chased them down in under 30 overs.
Only one non-international player met the all-rounder qualifying criteria of 100 runs plus 5 wickets – Yorkshire’s opening batsman Hollie Armitage. Armitage is only really a part-time all-rounder at best – she bowled less than 20 overs across the season – but the numbers say what the numbers say (!) and so Armitage makes the list, with a best batting performance of 70 against Staffs, and a best bowling of 4-17 in just 4 overs, cleaning up the tail against Berkshire.