Player of the Tournament Danni Wyatt heads this season’s KSL Batting Rankings, with not only the most runs, but also the highest Strike Rate among the leading batsmen. (Overall, only Surrey Stars’ Eva Gray had a higher Strike Rate – exactly 200, having hit 8 off 4 balls faced in the tournament.)
Wyatt’s effortless 100 versus the Stars at Arundel was a personal highlight of 2019, though I’m told I might have changed my mind had I seen Jemimah Rodrigues match-winning 112 for the Diamonds against the Vipers at York. Rodrigues started the campaign slowly, with scores of 4, 20 and 2; but found her feet to finish second in the rankings with over 400 runs, including two 50s in addition to that 100. Interestingly, she did so despite hitting only three 6s, compared to Wyatt’s 18 – the joint lowest (with Smriti Mandhana) of any of the top 10 batters.
Rachel Priest, at No. 3, continued to make her case for a New Zealand recall for the Twenty20 World Cup in Australia early next year. It would obviously be a short-term move – Priest is 97 years old. [Ed: I think that’s a bit of an exaggeration, isn’t it?] But if they want to be in with a shout of actually winning the thing, they’d do it!
Just two non-internationals made the top 20 – Holly Armitage and Georgia Adams – though there were four more between 21 and 30: Sophie Luff (23), Emma Lamb (24), Maia Bouchier (29) and Ellie Threlkeld (30). Among the recent batting debutantes things were actually worse, with none of Sophia Dunkley, Bryony Smith or Alice Davidson-Richards even making the top 30. Batting depth remains a continued worry for England and it is hard to look on these numbers and argue that the KSL has really succeeded in its initial aim of “bridging the gap” in that department.
|1. Danni Wyatt (Southern Vipers)||11||466||166.42|
|2. Jemimah Rodrigues (Yorkshire Diamonds)||10||401||149.62|
|3. Rachel Priest (Western Storm)||11||365||145.41|
|4. Heather Knight (Western Storm)||11||392||111.36|
|5. Fran Wilson (Western Storm)||11||298||138.6|
|6. Mignon du Preez (Loughborough Lightning)||11||267||147.51|
|7. Smriti Mandhana (Western Storm)||11||268||137.43|
|8. Amy Jones (Loughborough Lightning)||11||309||114.86|
|9. Alyssa Healy (Yorkshire Diamonds)||10||248||135.51|
|10. Lizelle Lee (Surrey Stars)||9||213||148.95|
|11. Sarah Taylor (Surrey Stars)||8||260||120.93|
|12. Harmanpreet Kaur (Lancashire Thunder)||10||261||113.47|
|13. Nat Sciver (Surrey Stars)||9||233||120.72|
|14. Stafanie Taylor (Southern Vipers)||6||205||134.86|
|15. Tammy Beaumont (Southern Vipers)||11||239||110.64|
|16. Suzie Bates (Southern Vipers)||11||246||99.19|
|17. Thalia McGrath (Lancashire Thunder)||10||219||105.28|
|18. Holly Armitage (Yorkshire Diamonds)||10||233||96.28|
|19. Georiga Adams (Loughborough Lightning)||11||169||113.42|
|20. Georgia Elwiss (Loughborough Lightning)||10||171||108.91|
Batting Ranking = Runs * Strike Rate
I’m going to tell Rachel Priest on you!
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Seeing as consistency is Englands issue with batting, it would be interesting if you showed the list as “average runs scored” rather than “total runs scored”, perhaps this would highlight some of the younger English batters coming through ?