STATS: WBBL Bowling Rankings

Three bowlers are tied for leading wicket-taker in the league stages of WBBL 20/21 – Sarah Coyte, Nat Sciver and Sammy-Jo Johnson all took 18 wickets – but none of the 3 occupy top spot in our Bowling Rankings. That goes to Amelia Kerr, who took 16 wickets but pulls ahead of the pack thanks to having by far the best Economy Rate in the competition for bowlers bowling 15 or more overs.

Kerr’s ability to genuinely turn the ball both ways remains a potent weapon it seems, despite the scepticism early on in her career from certain parts of the commentary box that her googly is too obviously telegraphed. Even if you can “read” her out of the hand (and there are actually top international players who privately admit they can’t) it is still another thing to worry about, forcing a more defensive mindset on the batter; and at the end of the day, numbers like these don’t lie.

Sarah Glenn’s first season as an overseas star on the T20 rollercoaster has to be deemed a success. Though things probably didn’t go quite as well with the bat as she might have hoped, she excelled with the ball, taking 16 wickets at an Economy Rate of a shade over 6, putting her at No. 3 in the rankings.

From an Aussie point of view, I wonder if Hannah Darlington at No. 8 could actually be the answer to their long, and thus far somewhat ineffectual search for a young seamer who can stay fit for more than 10 minutes. (Don’t bother looking for Tayla Vlaeminck on this list – she’s injured again!) Darlington might not be “quick” quick, but neither is Megan Schutt; and like Schutt, Darlington seems to put the ball in the right place consistently enough to trouble the batters. Having had a breakthrough season last year, this was her Difficult Second Album™ and she’s risen to the challenge with another 15 tidy wickets.

Just behind Darlington, Grace Harris has had a good all-round season – coming in at No. 20 with the bat and No. 9 with the ball, despite only bowling 21 overs (Sarah Glenn by comparison bowled 48.2 overs).

Finally… can we talk briefly about Hayley Matthews? She’s 15th in the Bowling Rankings, but way down at 42nd in the Batting Rankings… again! When are we going to realise that she is actually a bowler (and gun fielder) who can bat a bit, and realign our expectations accordingly? I guess it is all about those first impressions from the 2016 T20 World Cup, but I’m not really sure it is helping her now?

As ever, we welcome your comments below!

Player Matches Wickets Economy
1. Amelia Kerr (Brisbane Heat) 13 16 5.37
2. Sarah Coyte (Adelaide Strikers) 14 18 6.51
3. Sarah Glenn (Perth Scorchers) 13 16 6.04
4. Sam Bates (Sydney Thunder) 14 15 5.76
5. Nat Sciver (Melbourne Stars) 12 18 6.97
6. Sammy-Jo Johnson (Sydney Thunder) 14 18 7.22
7. Jess Jonassen (Brisbane Heat) 13 16 6.48
8. Hannah Darlington (Sydney Thunder) 12 15 6.45
9. Grace Harris (Brisbane Heat) 13 13 5.61
10. Taneale Peschel (Perth Scorchers) 13 13 5.95
11. Amanda Wellington (Adelaide Strikers) 14 17 7.81
12. Marizanne Kapp (Sydney Sixers) 13 13 6.14
13. Shabnim Ismail (Sydney Thunder) 14 12 5.93
14. Alana King (Melbourne Stars) 10 12 6.00
15. Hayley Matthews (Hobart Hurricanes) 11 12 6.03
16. Megan Schutt (Adelaide Strikers) 14 11 6.04
17. Darcie Brown (Adelaide Strikers) 12 10 5.52
18. Heather Graham (Perth Scorchers) 12 11 6.91
19. Nicola Carey (Hobart Hurricanes) 13 11 6.92
20. Sophie Molineux (Melbourne Renegades) 12 11 7.00

Bowling Ranking = Wickets / Economy

5 thoughts on “STATS: WBBL Bowling Rankings

  1. Not sure that Wickets divided by Economy Rate is a true measure of T20 bowling success (although I’d agree defining a better one isn’t easy given the number of variables – time for you to devise the what will become famous as the Nicholson-Egan formula).

    In T20 the economy rate is the most important aspect. Wickets less so. This is most obviously demonstrated by last over wickets where the dot is often more important that the wicket. A player taking only 5 wickets at an eco of 2.00 would not get into the top five of this list.

    Still, as a general guide, it works (provided one doesn’t get too worried about the precise rank)


  2. The best thing about this list is the young talent. Bowlers win matches, so it’s great to see a new crop of genuine stars making their mark.
    Kerr had a great second WBBL. Might be wishful thinking this theory of a telegraphed google- plenty don’t seem to pick it and she’s now had lots of top level exposure
    Glenn has been excellent as well. Just a shame Sophie Ecclestone pulled out. Hopefully there’s no hubs needed next year….
    Of the Aussies, Darlington also had a brilliant sophomore season. Looks much fitter and will develop her variety from here. Taneale Peschel is another young medium pacer who has come on a lot.
    But I’ll wax lyrical again about Darcie Brown. If she can stay fit, her pace (already right up there at age 18), height and action should make her a dominant force for a decade or more


  3. I’m so glad you made the point about Hayley Matthews being a bowling all-rounder. I agree that she has been incorrectly typecast and Hobart always looks a batter short with her at 3. I still wish she’d learn to bowl over the wicket and turn it in from outside off, but maybe she’s tried that and it’s just not her style.


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