Div 1 Stats – Other Divisions Are Available!
The Women’s County Championship can be an unforgiving place to be a batsman – matches are mostly played on used club pitches, often with huge boundaries (in contrast to KSL) and unforgiving outfields where the ball will quickly run out of puff. So if you are thinking these numbers look low… perhaps they are, but there’s a reason!
Sophie Devine tops the 2017 batting rankings, largely thanks to one of the greatest innings in the history of the Women’s County Championship – 122 off 78 balls for Warwickshire versus Middlesex. (Incidentally, this was the only century scored in Div 1 this season.)
Middlesex’s own Beth Morgan comes in at No. 2 – six years after retiring from England duty, she still looks a classy player, with the numbers and consistency to back it up – having reached double-figures in all 7 innings, with a high of 80 against Yorkshire.
The leading run-scorer this season was Notts’ veteran skipper Sonia Odedra with 253 – including carrying her bat for the 79* which deprived Yorkshire of the County Championship title in the final game. (Notts won the match, finishing on 178-4 – if they had finished on 178-5, Yorkshire would have got the one extra bonus point they needed to win the title.)
|1. Sophie Devine||4||159||135.9|
|2. Beth Morgan||7||245||71.85|
|3. Amy Jones||3||136||127.1|
|4. Sonia Odedra||7||253||63.57|
|5. Danielle Wyatt||4||163||94.22|
|6. Amy Satterthwaite||7||242||63.35|
|7. Rachel Priest||5||146||97.99|
|8. Katherine Brunt||2||146||94.19|
|9. Evelyn Jones||6||218||59.73|
|10. Hollie Armitage||6||192||54.55|
|11. Marie Kelly||7||140||72.54|
|12. Anna Nicholls||7||140||70.71|
|13. Georgia Hennessy||6||152||61.79|
|14. Sarah Taylor||3||118||69.41|
|15. Catherine Dalton||5||94||87.04|
|16. Kathryn Bryce||7||127||60.19|
|17. Sophie Ecclestone||7||100||70.92|
|18. Danielle Hazell||3||98||72.06|
|19. Alice Davidson-Richards||5||140||49.47|
|20. Lissy Macleod||7||104||65|
Batting Ranking = Runs * Strike Rate
Do I understand correctly,runs multiplied by strike rate !
Yup – Runs * Strike Rate – it is pretty arbitrary, but so is a classic “average”, which gets horribly distorted by Not Outs in tournament cricket. Runs are obviously what it is all about, but if your Strike Rate is over 100, you deserve a little more credit for them… if it is under 100, a little less – this achieves that.
It deliberately doesn’t take into account how many innings you have played (i.e. divide the result by the number of innings) because it is a measure of your contribution to the tournament as a whole.
Of course, there are plenty of other ways to calculate a ranking – many of them more sophisticated – but I’ve tried them, and oddly enough they actually tend to produce the same result at the end of the day.
One of the reasons I like ranking systems is that they sometimes pull out the unexpected – e.g. Katherine Brunt as the highest ranked England batsman in KSL17!
But… totally… the end of the day they aren’t the ultimate measure of a player – they are just a bit of fun 🙂