The top spots in the 20/21 WBBL Batting Rankings are very much a case of The Usual Suspects – so much so that when I challenged The Editor™ to name the top 5, she got it right off the middle of the bat, without hesitation, deviation or repetition; though it is perhaps worth highlighting that Alyssa Healy takes first place, despite having scored fewer runs than any of the rest of the top 5, due to her outstanding Strike Rate of 161.
Beth Mooney is in pole position to finish as the leading run-scorer, though at the time of writing there are still the semis and final to play, and she could be caught by Meg Lanning, Sophie Devine or even potentially Heather Knight, who has continued her outstanding run of form in Australia, dating back to… well… she has always done well in Australia, but 2020 will certainly be one she’ll particularly remember, having also averaged 64 in the T20 World Cup back in 2020 BC [Before Corona].
Further down the list there are a couple of interesting placings, including Georgia Redmayne who is a new entry in the top 10 at No. 9. After moving from the Hurricanes to the Scorchers last season, she hit the road again to join the Heat, and she’s been a huge part of why they haven’t flopped this year, despite losing the likes of Mooney and Sammy-Jo Johnson, hitting 332 runs at 118 – a big step up from last year, when she scored 137 runs at 95. Also at the Heat, Laura Kimmince (The Artist Formerly Known As Laura Harris) has had a remarkable season – you quite often see a tail-ender with a Strike Rate of over 200, having made 20 or 30 runs in the season, but to score 140 runs at 203 is absolutely outstanding, coming in at 5 or 6 and taking the “closing” role to a new level.
Among the younger prospects, Courtney Webb has had another good season for the Renegades. Still only 20, she pushed on from last year, which is what you really want to see from an up-and-coming player – improving her Strike Rate from 97 to 112 as she contributed 246 runs, including a match-winning half-century off 33 balls against the table-topping Stars.
|1. Alyssa Healy (Sydney Sixers)||13||402||161|
|2. Beth Mooney (Perth Scorchers)||13||524||119|
|3. Meg Lanning (Melbourne Stars)||13||458||129|
|4. Sophie Devine (Perth Scorchers)||11||448||130|
|5. Heather Knight (Sydney Thunder)||14||403||128|
|6. Mignon du Preez (Melbourne Stars)||13||375||126|
|7. Elyse Villani (Melbourne Stars)||13||341||123|
|8. Rachel Priest (Hobart Hurricanes)||13||354||118|
|9. Georgia Redmayne (Brisbane Heat)||13||332||118|
|10. Ellyse Perry (Sydney Sixers)||13||390||97|
|11. Laura Wolvaardt (Adelaide Strikers)||14||347||105|
|12. Lizelle Lee (Melbourne Renegades)||13||261||122|
|13. Rachael Haynes (Sydney Thunder)||14||268||109|
|14. Laura Kimmince (Brisbane Heat)||13||140||203|
|15. Courtney Webb (Melbourne Renegades)||13||246||112|
|16. Katie Mack (Adelaide Strikers)||14||251||110|
|17. Stafanie Taylor (Adelaide Strikers)||10||226||113|
|18. Nat Sciver (Melbourne Stars)||12||194||130|
|19. Jess Jonassen (Brisbane Heat)||13||212||113|
|20. Grace Harris (Brisbane Heat)||13||240||95|
Batting Ranking = Runs * Strike Rate