The key statistical facet of the 2022 CE Cup was a substantial step up in run rates from 2021, with first-innings run rates climbing by more than half a run per over from 6.41 to 7.13.
|Year||1st Innings RRs||2nd Innings RRs|
This was partly due to the increased availability of England players – Amy Jones didn’t play at all in 2021, and Danni Wyatt only played two games – but definitely not exclusively. Aylish Cranstone’s Strike Rate improved from 109 to 118; Marie Kelly’s from 128 to 152; and Grace Scrivens’ from 77 to 119, to pull out a few examples.
Amy Jones sits at the top of the tree in 2022 – the leading run-scorer, with 245 runs at a strike rate of over 140. What can we say about Amy Jones that we haven’t said before? Very little! It feels like we’ve read a hundred articles over the years, saying this is the season she finally consistently brings her sparkling domestic form to the international arena… and maybe this time, it is? A Commonwealth Games in her home city* would certainly be the time to do it! (*Yes – I know – Solihull isn’t technically “Birmingham”!)
Aylish Cranstone has been the outstanding domestic player this season – if you want to understand some of the reasons why, it’s worth checking out this brilliant interview with her on the Noughtie Child Podcast, where she talks about her nightmare winter, and how that actually freed her from the shackles of expectation. And the numbers add up – she was the 2nd highest run scorer in the group stages (with finals day still to come) with three 50s, all not out, finishing with an average of 78. She’s one of a number of domestic pros who are starting to close the gap with the internationally contracted players, as the system starts to reap the benefits of professionalisation at the next level down.
Looking at future England prospects, keeper-batter Bess Heath has had a good season with the willow, making a couple of 50s, including one against the comp’s strongest bowling attack, Vipers at Chester-le-Street; but she was, I believe the polite term is “inconsistent” with the gloves. I think England’s next keeper will (rightly) be a batter who can keep competently, rather than the best out-and-out keeper; so Heath remains in pole position for me, but she needs to make sure that she maintains a balance in her development going forwards. I’d really like to see her get a proper opportunity in The Hundred too, but with Alyssa Healy on the Superchargers roster, that’s unlikely I guess, which is… a massive pity from England’s player development point of view.
Another player who really needs to play every match in The Hundred is Grace Scrivens. The teenager has utterly carried Sunrisers with bat and ball this term. The ECB massively dropped the ball by not sending someone down to Sunrisers HQ to tell them to make her captain this season. (I’ve nothing against the player who was given the job… but she isn’t going to captain England one day – Scrivens is!) But the ECB have got the chance to make up for their mistake by sending a strongly worded “suggestion” to Spirit that she plays every game batting at 3 or 4. (And don’t tell me they “can’t” do this – it’s their competition at the end of the day – they absolutely can, and they absolutely should!)
|1. Amy Jones (Central Sparks)||6||245||142|
|2. Danni Wyatt (Southern Vipers)||5||201||149|
|3. Aylish Cranstone (South East Stars)||6||235||118|
|4. Emma Lamb (Thunder)||6||191||110|
|5. Bryony Smith (South East Stars)||6||149||123|
|6. Sophie Luff (Western Storm)||6||158||115|
|7. Eve Jones (Central Sparks)||6||178||101|
|8. Georgie Boyce (Thunder)||6||172||103|
|9. Tammy Beaumont (Lightning)||4||136||126|
|10. Naomi Dattani (Sunrisers)||6||157||109|
|11. Bess Heath (Northern Diamonds)||5||146||117|
|12. Marie Kelly (Lightning)||6||111||152|
|13. Maia Bouchier (Southern Vipers)||6||144||117|
|14. Grace Scrivens (Sunrisers)||6||141||119|
|15. Lauren Winfield-Hill (Northern Diamonds)||2||96||175|
|16. Georgia Adams (Southern Vipers)||6||145||110|
|17. Georgia Hennessy (Western Storm)||6||158||93|
|18. Holly Armitage (Northern Diamonds)||6||151||96|
|19. Abi Freeborn (Central Sparks)||6||136||105|
|20. Danni Gibson (Western Storm)||6||96||143|