It is often the case that England players dominate the bowling rankings a bit less than they do the batting rankings, as wary county batsmen often try to “see off” the best bowlers.
Top of the pack this season is Yorkshire’s left-arm unorthodox spinner Katie Thompson, who goes one better than her second place in last year’s rankings. With her avant-garde bowling action, Thompson took 15 wickets (the joint most in Div 1) at 2.29 – also the best Economy Rate in Div 1.
In second place in Div 1, another Yorkie – Beth Langston – put the disappointment of losing her England contract behind her by having a storming season at county – opening the bowling with Thompson she also took 15 wickets, and though she was pipped in the rankings by Thomspson on Economy Rate, 3.36 is still more than respectable for someone bowling a lot of powerplay overs to the best batsmen on the circuit.
In Div 2, 24-year-old Becca Silk had a break-out season for Devon. Silk was on the Western Storm squad last year, and though she didn’t actually play, it obviously gave her the opportunity to benefit from being around the professional setup and up her game coming into 2019. It is the classic case of the late developer, whose pathway through to the upper levels of the domestic game is being torn down from next season if the ECB’s changes go ahead as currently proposed.
Other notable performers across the top two divisions were Hampshire’s Fi Morris and Providence Cowdrill, with 12 wickets each; and Mady Villiers from Essex – a KSL winner with Surrey Stars last season, taking 3 wickets in the final – who took 11 wickets in Div 2.
|1. Katie Thompson (Yorkshire)||7||15||2.29|
|2. Beth Langston (Yorkshire)||7||15||3.36|
|3. Georgia Davis (Warwickshire)||7||12||3.28|
|4. Fi Morris (Hampshire)||7||12||3.31|
|5. Providence Cowdrill (Hampshire)||7||12||3.35|
|6. Charlie Dean (Hampshire)||7||12||3.44|
|7. Megan Belt (Kent)||7||12||3.52|
|7. Nancy Harman (Sussex)||7||14||4.13|
|9. Tara Norris (Sussex)||7||11||3.28|
|10. Sophie Munro (Nottinghamshire)||7||14||4.34|
|11. Laura Marsh (Kent)||6||9||2.85|
UPDATE: This table was updated on 10/06/2019, because Charlie Dean’s numbers were wrong, due to a scorecard being amended on Play Cricket after it was uploaded to Cricinfo – apologies!
|1. Becca Silk (Devon)||6||14||2.71|
|2. Mady Villiers (Essex)||6||11||2.71|
|3. Anje Lague (Essex)||7||13||3.21|
|4. Anya Shrubsole (Berkshire)||5||9||2.42|
|5. Georgia Tulip (Somerset)||6||11||2.97|
Bowling Ranking = Wickets / Economy