In the final year of the Kia Super League, Jemimah Rodrigues placed 2nd in our KSL Batting Rankings – in the first year of The Hundred, she has gone one louder, topping the table with 249 runs at a Strike Rate of 151. During that 2019 KSL season she started slowly, with scores of 4, 20 and 2, before finding a rich vein of form which included two 50s and a 100. In The Hundred, despite her indifferent recent form for India, she was straight out of the blocks with 92 not out against Welsh Fire, going on to score two further 50s.
Unsurprisingly, with the very best Australians and New Zealanders deciding to pass on The Hundred this year, a cluster of England stars occupy many of the top spots, led by Sophia Dunkley. Since being given a regular spot, and perhaps more importantly a clearly defined role, in the England side, Dunkley looks like a woman who has found a high gear she never knew she had. When I told a group of people at a county match four-or-five years ago that I thought Dunkley would be the next permanent England captain, even her mum looked at me like I was slightly mad. At the beginning of this season, people were still saying the idea was a long call. It doesn’t feel like one now.
The highest ranked non-international is Eve Jones at No. 5. Her success isn’t quite the surprise some seem to think it is – she has 3 County Championship 100s under her belt – and yes, that’s a big number in the old County Championship, mostly played on club pitches with huge boundaries. She also placed 4th in last year’s RHF Batting Rankings. But she has certainly continued to develop her game as one of the older “new” pros, finding the boundary 37 times in the tournament’s group stages – topped only by Jemimah, who did so 42 times.
The other leading non-internationals were Georgia Redmayne, whose performances in The Hundred would have been a factor in her recent call-up to the Australian squad for their series against India… although Cricket Australia were conspicuously careful not to say so in their press release!
And then there is Dani Gibson, who has probably more than anyone else changed the course of her entire life in the last 5 weeks. Previously primarily considered a bowler, whose late teenage years were blighted by serious injury, she has set herself on a new career path as a serious batting allrounder, hitting 108 runs at 180 – the highest Strike Rate of anyone in the top 20. Heather Knight – who usually sticks quite rigidly to established hierarchy – bumped her up the order when Spirit needed quick runs in the final match, and you’d have to say she is now a shoe-in for England’s ‘A’ tour to Australia this winter, which she was probably only on the fringes of selection for a month ago.
|1. Jemimah Rodrigues (Superchargers)||7||249||151|
|2. Sophia Dunkley (Brave)||8||244||144|
|3. Nat Sciver (Rockets)||8||220||137|
|4. Heather Knight (Spirit)||8||214||130|
|5. Eve Jones (Phoenix)||8||233||119|
|6. Danni Wyatt (Brave)||8||208||132|
|7. Lizelle Lee (Originals)||7||215||124|
|8. Hayley Matthews (Fire)||8||221||119|
|9. Dane van Niekerk (Invincibles)||8||231||111|
|10. Shafali Verma (Phoenix)||8||171||143|
|11. Amy Jones (Phoenix)||8||141||160|
|12. Smriti Mandhana (Brave)||7||167||134|
|13. Laura Wolvaardt (Superchargers)||7||181||117|
|14. Georgia Redmayne (Fire)||8||187||107|
|15. Dani Gibson (Spirit)||8||108||180|
|16. Rachel Priest (Rockets)||8||138||137|
|17. Deandra Dottin (Spirit)||8||146||118|
|18. Stafanie Taylor (Brave)||8||164||104|
|19. Emma Lamb (Originals)||7||135||125|
|20. Erin Burns (Phoenix)||8||133||125|
Batting Ranking = Runs * Strike Rate