With the KSL teams prioritising big-hitting batsmen in their overseas picks, there’s a bit more room for non-internationals in the Bowling Rankings, compared to the Batting Rankings where no non-internationals made the Top 20.
Top of the tree is Kirstie Gordon, Saviour of the Loughboroughverse, with 17 wickets at an Economy Rate that only just tipped over 6 after Lizelle Lee’s onslaught in the final.
Linsey Smith at No. 8 is another non-international who had good year, after transferring from the Vipers to the Lightning – albeit not quite as spectacular as KSL01 when she topped the rankings; while Emma Lamb spun her way to No. 11, and Freya Davies also sneaked into the Top 20. Davies in particular is probably an outside bet for World T20 selection, depending on the injuries to Tash Farrant and Katie George – though both are officially hopeful of returning to fitness by November.
Amongst the established players, England will obviously be happy with the performance of Sophie Ecclestone at No. 2; but also interested to see Jenny Gunn in at No. 4. Gunn isn’t an automatic pick for England any more, and at 32 she is getting on in years, but she remains a useful squad player, and she’s probably done enough this summer to get on the plane to the West Indies.
|1. Kirstie Gordon (Lightning)||11||17||6.05|
|2. Sophie Ecclestone (Thunder)||10||15||6.41|
|3. Sophie Devine (Lightning)||11||16||7.22|
|4. Jenny Gunn (Lightning)||11||14||6.84|
|5. Dane van Niekerk (Stars)||9||13||6.62|
|6. Marizanne Kapp (Stars)||11||11||5.66|
|7. Katherine Brunt (Diamonds)||7||10||5.42|
|8. Linsey Smith (Lightning)||11||11||6.40|
|9. Katie Levick (Diamonds)||9||11||7.00|
|10. Amelia Kerr (Vipers)||10||10||6.50|
|11. Emma Lamb (Thunder)||10||11||8.06|
|12. Alice Davidson-Richards (Diamonds)||9||10||7.45|
|13. Tash Farrant (Vipers)||6||10||7.77|
|14. Alex Hartley (Thunder)||10||10||7.83|
|15. Georgia Elwiss (Lightning)||10||9||7.36|
|16. Nat Sciver (Stars)||11||10||8.23|
|17. Suzie Bates (Vipers)||10||9||8.18|
|18. Laura Marsh (Stars)||11||8||7.36|
|19. Freya Davies (Storm)||11||8||7.72|
|20. Claire Nicholas (Storm)||10||7||7.03|
Bowling Ranking = Wickets / Economy