As we’ve seen in previous years, because two-thirds of overseas picks are batsmen, the field is a little more open for English players to shine as bowlers in the Kia Super League.
Top of the tree this season was Freya Davies, who broke the record for a KSL season with 19 wickets. Although Davies narrowly missed out on the Player of the Tournament award after getting slightly tonked by Danni Wyatt and Suzie Bates in the final, she has made a strong case for inclusion in England’s plans for the winter leading up to the Twenty20 World Cup in Australia next February.
Another player who will be hoping to make an appearance in Australia is leg-spinner Amanda-Jade Wellington, who lost her Southern Stars central contract earlier this year after falling behind Georgia Wareham in the pecking order. Wellington wasn’t even an original pick for the Vipers – coming in as a late replacement for Sophie Molineux – but she made a real impact to rank second with 15 wickets at 6.85.
Like Wellington, No. 3 ranked Tash Farrant also lost her central contract this year; but since then has won the County Championship with Kent and has had her best KSL season yet for the Vipers, taking 14 wickets at 6.62. There probably isn’t a way back into England colours for Farrant in the short term, but her signature must now surely be one of the most hotly contested amongst the non-international players for The Hundred next season.
Sophie Ecclestone, ranked No. 4, of course needs no introduction; but the name at No. 5 might: Sarah Glenn is a young leg-spinner who doesn’t turn it a mile, but bowls intelligently – adjusting her length and flight to keep the batsmen on their toes. Glenn finished the season with 11 wickets at 6.05 – the joint-second best Economy Rate in KSL 2019, behind only Marizanne Kapp (at 5.34) for bowlers who delivered more than 5 overs – and it will be interesting to see if she can push on next season, with England looking to add some variety to their bowling attack, which is currently heavy on right-arm seamers and left-arm orthodox spinners.
|1. Freya Davies (Western Storm)||11||19||6.43|
|2. Amanda-Jade Wellington (Southern Vipers)||11||15||6.85|
|3. Tash Farrant (Southern Vipers)||10||14||6.62|
|4. Sophie Ecclestone (Lancashire Thunder)||10||12||6.43|
|5. Sarah Glenn (Loughborough Lightning)||11||11||6.05|
|6. Kirstie Gordon (Loughborough Lightning)||10||11||6.05|
|7. Dane van Niekerk (Surrey Stars)||8||12||6.95|
|8. Claire Nicholas (Western Storm)||10||12||7.02|
|9. Anya Shrubsole (Western Storm)||10||13||7.93|
|10. Jenny Gunn (Loughborough Lightning)||11||10||6.71|
|11. Hayley Matthews (Loughborough Lightning)||9||9||6.14|
|12. Deepti Sharma (Western Storm)||11||9||6.62|
|13. Leigh Kasperek (Yorkshire Diamonds)||10||10||7.46|
|14. Katie Levick (Yorkshire Diamonds)||10||8||6.19|
|15. Kate Cross (Lancashire Thunder)||10||11||8.57|
|16. Stafanie Taylor (Southern Vipers)||6||8||6.26|
|17. Laura Marsh (Surrey Stars)||8||10||8.22|
|18. Katherine Bryce (Loughborough Lightning)||9||8||6.58|
|19. Emma Lamb (Lancashire Thunder)||10||10||8.32|
|20. Alice Davidson-Richards (Yorkshire Diamonds)||10||10||9.54|
Bowling Ranking = Wickets / Economy