STATS: WBBL Bowling Rankings

Whilst younger England women decided to take a pass on this season’s WBBL, after a gruelling six months which included the World Cup, Kia Super League and the Women’s Ashes; Katherine Brunt soldiered back to Perth for a third successive year, and promptly set about showing the world that fast bowling still has a place in the women’s game, taking 23 wickets at an Economy Rate (4.83) bettered only by Marizanne Kapp (4.72). Brunt and Kapp were in fact the only two bowlers to deliver an Economy Rate of under 5 – a feat no one at all achieved last season – and that despite a huge 8% increase in runs bashed by the batsmen in WBBL03.

Last year’s leading wicket-take Sarah Aley also took 23 wickets, but ranks No. 2 due to a lower Economy Rate; whilst Dane van Niekerk made it to No. 3 with 20 wickets at 5.57, despite playing just 12 games before heading back to South Africa for their international series with India.

The leading non-international bowler was Sam Bates. Another in the long tradition of spinners who started out as fast bowlers, only turning to spin after catastrophic injury threatened to end her career, Bates finished the season with 16 wickets at 5.87, opening the bowling for the Sydney Thunder.

Player Matches Wickets Economy
1. Katherine Brunt (Scorchers) 14 23 4.83
2. Sarah Aley (Sixers) 16 23 6.13
3. Dane van Niekerk (Sixers) 12 20 5.57
4. Rene Farrell (Thunder) 15 17 6.03
5. Sophie Devine (Strikers) 15 17 6.2
6. Sam Bates (Thunder) 14 16 5.87
7. Amanda-Jade Wellington (Strikers) 15 17 6.53
8. Marizanne Kapp (Sixers) 12 12 4.72
9. Nicola Carey (Thunder) 15 17 6.7
10. Lea Tahuhu (Renegades) 13 16 6.34
11. Emma King (Scorchers) 16 15 6
12. Hayley Jensen (Renegades) 13 15 6.05
13. Stafanie Taylor (Thunder) 15 15 6.21
14. Erin Osborne (Stars) 14 15 6.33
15. Maitlan Brown (Renegades) 14 15 6.35
16. Molly Strano (Renegades) 14 14 6.04
17. Kim Garth (Sixers) 14 13 5.86
18. Jemma Barsby (Heat) 13 13 6.07
19. Tahlia McGrath (Strikers) 15 13 6.12
19. Piepa Cleary (Scorchers) 15 13 6.12
21. Megan Schutt (Strikers) 15 12 5.74
22. Heather Graham (Scorchers) 15 14 6.96
23. Sarah Coyte (Sixers) 4 10 5.06
24. Belinda Vakarewa (Thunder) 11 11 5.68
25. Delissa Kimmince (Heat) 14 11 6.04

Bowling Ranking = Wickets / Economy

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