WBBL: Batting Rankings – Sixers Hit ‘Em All For Six

Beth Mooney topped the WBBL batting charts for the second season in succession, after also coming 2nd in 2020, though emphasising the fact that it was a pretty middling year for batters, she did so scoring considerably fewer runs than in either of her past two seasons – “just” 434 from 14 games, compared with 528 from 13 group stage games in 2021 and 524 from 13 games in 2020.

After winning the tournament in 2021, Mooney’s Scorchers failed to qualify for the knockouts this year, showing how quickly things can change between one season and another. The Sixers have shown this from the other perspective, going from last to first in the ladder, with a massive 4 of their batters ranked in the top 6 to put them at the head of the team batting metrics.

Batting Balls Per… Avg Run Rate
Wicket Dot Single Two 4/6 1st Ins 2nd Ins PP
Sixers 24 3.12 2.42 16 6 8.16 8.06 5.60
Heat 20 3.01 2.64 14 7 8.16 7.32 5.90
Hurricanes 17 2.76 2.73 12 8 7.23 7.80 6.67
Scorchers 22 2.64 2.75 15 7 7.26 7.10 5.54
Stars 17 2.60 2.70 14 8 7.34 6.77 6.67
Strikers 21 2.53 2.81 17 8 6.85 7.11 6.11
Renegades 16 2.46 2.69 18 9 5.77 6.92 6.09
Thunder 17 2.42 2.70 22 9 6.22 6.63 6.23
©CRICKETher.com/cricsheet.org

Ash Gardner looks to be locked-in for Player of the Tournament, having also finished 2nd in the bowling rankings; Ellyse Perry’s resurgent form has earned her an unexpected place in Australia’s squad for the India T20s, after she sat on the side-lines for the Commonwealth Games; Erin Burns has burned up any suggestion that she is over the hill at age 34; and Alyssa Healy also appears to have rediscovered prime form after a disappointing outing in 2021. Getting all those players singing from the same hymn-sheet after flopping so badly in 2021 is quite the feat… remind me who is coach of the Sydney Sixers again?

The highest ranked overseas player is Mignon du Preez at 4, with 366 runs at a strike rate of 124, helping the Hurricanes achieve their best ladder finish since WBBL02. Alice Capsey was the top English player, coming in 12th thanks in part to that remarkable 80 off 52 balls she hit for the Stars against the Hurricanes – an innings which was notable for not being just a “smash-and-grab” but a perfectly timed slow build which saw her smack 17 runs off the 19th over, and then a 4 off the first ball of the 20th, to win the match virtually single-handed.

Player Played Runs Strike Rate
1. Beth Mooney (Scorchers) 14 434 121
2. Ash Gardner (Sixers) 14 339 153
3. Ellyse Perry (Sixers) 14 375 121
4. Mignon du Preez (Hurricanes) 14 366 124
5. Erin Burns (Sixers) 14 294 147
6. Alyssa Healy (Sixers) 14 329 128
7. Georgia Redmayne (Heat) 10 333 112
8. Laura Wolvaardt (Strikers) 14 341 107
9. Laura Harris (Heat) 14 193 186
10. Katie Mack (Strikers) 14 317 110
11. Annabel Sutherland (Stars) 14 304 114
12. Alice Capsey (Stars) 14 259 129
13. Suzie Bates (Sixers) 14 308 107
14. Phoebe Litchfield (Thunder) 14 280 118
15. Marizanne Kapp (Scorchers) 14 229 143
16. Grace Harris (Heat) 12 273 112
17. Lizelle Lee (Hurricanes) 14 249 119
18. Heather Graham (Hurricanes) 12 237 122
19. Amelia Kerr (Heat) 14 243 117
20. Deandra Dottin (Strikers) 14 271 105
21. Maddie Penna (Strikers) 14 260 107
22. Hayley Matthews (Renegades) 14 253 110
23. Lauren Winfield-Hill (Stars) 14 254 105
24. Danni Wyatt (Heat) 11 206 127
25. Tahlia McGrath (Strikers) 12 213 120
26. Maddy Green (Scorchers) 14 240 105
27. Georgia Voll (Heat) 14 229 110
28. Courtney Webb (Renegades) 14 252 97
29. Tammy Beaumont (Thunder) 12 194 119
30. Carly Leeson (Renegades) 14 211 107

Ranking = Runs * Strike Rate

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