RHF TROPHY STATS: Batting Rankings

The Rachael Heyhoe Flint Trophy has provided an unprecedented opportunity for the non-England players to showcase their skills on decent pitches; and playing at First Class grounds really has been a sea change, as Emily Windsor told us after making 47* for the Vipers at The Oval:

“Playing on First Class pitches makes a massive difference. You can trust your shots more and you can play more creative shots, because you know the ball’s going to come onto your bat nicely. And then obviously the outfield – you know as soon as it beats that inner ring that it’s going for four. It’s different and that’s why you’re seeing some fantastic scores, like at the Ageas Bowl last week that innings by Georgia Adams – she’s a quality player and she was able to really show what she can do and what people can do in the women’s game.”

Hence we’ve seen 6 hundreds this year – many more than you’d have expected in the old County Championship, which was played mostly on club grounds, and where only 10 centuries were scored in Div 1 in the past 5 seasons.

Georgia Adams’ 154* for the Vipers versus the Storm was the highest score ever made by an uncapped player in top-level domestic cricket in England, and Adams tops the overall rankings with 420 runs in the competition, and the potential to add further to that in Sunday’s final.

Lightning (and Scotland’s) Sarah Bryce was only just behind Adams in the end, after scoring a big hundred of her own – 136* in Lightning’s final game against the Sparks. Aged only 20, she has set the foundations this season to push for an England career in the future if that’s what she wants, especially as she also comes with a pair of wicket-keeper’s gloves, bearing in mind that England’s only current backup option for Amy Jones is to press gang Tammy Beaumont into the role – something that she’d obviously do, but isn’t really her preference.

Looking at Strike Rates, the standout performance was from the Storm’s Alex Griffiths (ranked 6th), who was the only player in the top 50 run-scorers to record an overall Strike Rate of more than 100 – an impressive return which should surely see her bumped up from the Training Squad to the full England Academy over the winter.

Player Played Runs Strike Rate
1. Georgia Adams (Vipers) 6 420 82
2. Sarah Bryce (Lightning) 6 395 79
3. Sophie Luff (Storm) 6 339 76
4. Eve Jones (Sparks) 6 334 74
5. Georgia Hennessy (Storm) 6 209 80
6. Alex Griffiths (Storm) 6 141 118
7. Heather Knight (Storm) 2 158 88
8. Marie Kelly (Sparks) 6 223 62
9. Jo Gardner (Sunrisers) 6 193 69
10. Charlie Dean (Vipers) 6 178 74
11. Maia Bouchier (Vipers) 6 155 84
12. Nat Brown (Thunder) 6 189 69
13. Abby Freeborn (Lightning) 5 167 69
14. Gwenan Davies (Sparks) 6 169 68
15. Sterre Kalis (Diamonds) 6 142 75
16. Danni Wyatt (Vipers) 2 119 89
17. Teresa Graves (Lightning) 6 114 89
18. Nat Sciver (Diamonds) 2 108 92
19. Holly Armitage (Diamonds) 6 150 63
20. Kathryn Bryce (Lightning) 6 141 65

Batting Ranking = Runs * Strike Rate

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  1. Playing at these first-class grounds has made a big difference. We’ve seen some unusually high scores and some really decent efforts at chasing them as well. Lots of players caught the eye from this list including Jones, Griffiths, Kelly, Gardner, Bouchier, Kalis. Windsor, Brewer as well. Too many to mention really. All very classy-looking and playing like they were seasoned pros even though many were not. Diamonds and Vipers in particular have a lot of strong young players, and this final should be really good.

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