2020 was a good year to be a Bryce in English domestic cricket, with Sarah placing second in the Batting Rankings and sister Kathryn going one better, finishing as the number one bowler, and the leading wicket-taker in the group stages of the Rachael Heyhoe Flint Trophy. As with Sarah, an England future is definitely a possibility for Kathryn, though the cupboard at Loughborough marked “Young Bowlers” is currently significantly better stocked than the one marked “Young Batters” so it may be a longer shot, assuming of course that is actually what she even wants, which it may well not be.
Thunder captain Alex Hartley is ranked second, and returned the best Economy Rate of those who bowled in every game, at 3.14. An honourable mention should go to her teammate Hannah Jones, who also bowled in every match and was only just behind Hartley, with an Economy Rate of 3.16, but ranked outside the top 20 because she didn’t take many wickets.
(We’ve previously discussed tweaking the calculation to give more weight to economy – a formula of Economy-2 * Wickets would have (just) pushed Jones and Danielle Gregory into the top 20 – ironically at the expense of the other Hannah Jones (Stars) and Charlie Dean – but the differences overall are marginal, so we’ve decided to stick with the traditional calculation for the time being.)
This season’s highest new entry, at number 5, is Vipers’ Charlotte Taylor, who didn’t even expect to be playing in the RHF and had lined up a commentary gig with BBC Radio Solent for the game against the Stars at Hove, which she had to pull out of when she was selected to play in the match! After taking 2-13 that day, she kept her spot and justified Charlotte Edwards’ faith in her by taking a 4fer versus the Storm at The Ageas Bowl, finishing the group stages with 9 wickets at 3.47.
Taylor’s emergence is reminiscent of another spinner – Linsey Smith – who wasn’t even a squad selection for the Vipers in KSL01, but came in as an injury replacement, did well, and has since gone on to win several England caps.
|1. Kathryn Bryce (Lightning)||6||14||3.88|
|2. Alex Hartley (Thunder)||6||11||3.14|
|3. Fi Morris (Storm)||6||11||4.06|
|4. Tash Farrant (Stars)||6||9||3.40|
|5. Charlotte Taylor (Vipers)||4||9||3.47|
|6. Beth Langston (Diamonds)||6||11||4.28|
|7. Tara Norris (Vipers)||6||12||4.72|
|8. Georgia Hennessy (Storm)||6||11||4.83|
|9. Paige Scholfield (Vipers)||6||9||3.96|
|10. Katie Levick (Diamonds)||6||8||3.75|
|11. Katherine Brunt (Diamonds)||2||6||2.94|
|12. Clare Boycott (Sparks)||5||8||4.32|
|13. Lucy Higham (Lightning)||6||8||4.43|
|14. Lauren Bell (Vipers)||3||7||4.00|
|15. Anisha Patel (Sparks)||5||8||4.59|
|16. Sophie Ecclestone (Thunder)||2||4||2.35|
|17. Jenny Gunn (Diamonds)||6||7||4.18|
|18. Charlie Dean (Vipers)||6||8||4.87|
|19. Hannah Jones (Stars)||6||7||4.39|
|20. Georgia Adams (Vipers)||6||6||3.99|
Bowling Ranking = Wickets / Economy