Our bowling rankings, covering the T20 and ODI Rosebowl series between Australia and New Zealand, see a number of unexpected new faces in the leading positions: of the top 4, only New Zealand’s Holly Huddleston has played more than 10 internationals, and the “Hudd Missile” herself has played less than 30 – a number she now looks nailed-on to add to at the World Cup in England in the summer.
After an underwhelming WBBL with wooden-spooners the Adelaide Strikers, 19-year-old Amanda Wellington has come roaring back to the top of her game with 15 wickets, including a best of 4-16 to restrict New Zealand to just 113 in the 3rd T20 – a match-winning platform which the Southern Stars batsmen then proceeded to throw away in spectacular fashion, as they were bowled out for just 66.
New Zealand’s own new teenage sensation – sixteen-year-old Amelia Kerr – also took her best figures in a losing cause – 4-54 in the 2nd ODI. They weren’t just any wickets either, but included a set Meg Lanning and Beth Mooney (on 44 and 57, respectively) and Elyse Villani for a golden duck. Kerr also finished the series with the best economy rate of any of the leading bowlers – just 4.5.
Having made her Southern Stars debut in this series, Molly Strano played just the 3 T20s and already has an international fifer to her name – 5-10 in the 2nd T20. But guess what? That was also in a lost match, as Australia fell short chasing a Duckworth-Lewis adjusted target of 70 off 13 overs, limping to 61-9.
|1. Amanda Wellington (AUS)||6||15||5.1|
|2. Holly Huddleston (NZ)||6||11||4.7|
|3. Amelia Kerr (NZ)||4||6||4.5|
|4. Molly Strano (AUS)||3||7||5.3|
|5. Lea Tahuhu (NZ)||6||7||5.3|
|6. Anna Peterson (NZ)||6||6||4.8|
|7. Jess Jonassen (AUS)||6||5||4.9|
|8. Ashleigh Gardner (AUS)||5||4||5.3|
|9. Kristen Beams (AUS)||4||4||5.4|
|10. Suzie Bates (NZ)||6||4||5.5|
Ranking = Wickets / Economy