There are no real surprises in the 2018 Kia Super League Batting Rankings – no non-international players make the Top 20, though a couple were just outside it: Diamonds’ Thea Brookes at No. 21 and Thunder’s Eve Jones at No. 24.
England’s two spring batting debutantes – Alice Davidson-Richards and Bryony Smith – placed at Nos. 25 and 28 respectively, giving Mark Robinson little to think about in terms of World T20 selection; and whilst Sophia Dunkley had a good opening day, making her highest score of 66 against the Vipers, she was hard-pressed for opportunities with the bat thereafter, and those 66 runs ended up being well over half the runs she scored in the entire tournament, though she maintained a good Strike Rate of 120.
The positives for England are that Nat Sciver (No. 3) and Heather Knight (No. 4) both had very good tournaments – especially in the case of Knight actually, who was playing second-fiddle for much of the time to
Man Women Person (sorry Michael… which is it??? Ah yes…) Player of the Tournament Smriti Mandhana at No. 1.
England will though be less happy with the performances of their two opening batsmen, Tammy Beaumont and Dani Wyatt. Did the Vipers under-perform because Beaumont and Wyatt under-performed, or vice-versa? A bit of both, maybe?
One player who will have impressed her national selectors is Rachel Haynes at No. 5 – Ashes-winning captain she might be, but she is not guaranteed a spot in the Australian XI – and her 324 runs at a Strike Rate of 128 will have done her case no harm at all.
Lizelle Lee at No. 2 of course is sure of a spot in South Africa’s XI – her runs go without saying, but she also fielded very well, and will probably be secretly relieved that Trisha Chetty has made her peace with the selectors and been brought back into the wicket-keeping role for South Africa, so that Lee can now focus on her batting in the West Indies, as she was able to do here with tip-top results.
|1. Smriti Mandhana (Storm)||10||421||175|
|2. Lizelle Lee (Stars)||11||352||149|
|3. Nat Sciver (Stars)||11||362||144|
|4. Heather Knight (Storm)||11||368||134|
|5. Rachel Haynes (Lightning)||11||324||128|
|6. Sophie Devine (Lightning)||11||269||147|
|7. Beth Mooney (Diamonds)||9||267||138|
|8. Amy Satterthwaite (Thunder)||10||277||127|
|9. Nicole Bolton (Thunder)||10||274||120|
|10. Suzie Bates (Vipers)||10||245||115|
|11. Rachel Priest (Storm)||11||183||140|
|12. Tammy Beaumont (Vipers)||7||198||128|
|13. Harmanpreet Kaur (Thunder)||7||164||152|
|14. Lauren Winfield (Diamonds)||8||205||120|
|15. Amy Jones (Lightning)||11||202||120|
|16. Elyse Villani (Lightning)||11||175||128|
|17. Sarah Taylor (Stars)||10||177||123|
|18. Dani Wyatt (Vipers)||9||172||123|
|19. Sara McGlashan (Vipers)||10||164||123|
|20. Mignon du Preez (Vipers)||10||174||104|
Batting Ranking = Runs * Strike Rate