Gearing-up for ‘The Hundred – Southern Hemisphere Success
Existing readers will have seen announcements about appointing Coaches for The Hundred at eight city locations: Manchester, Leeds, Nottingham, Birmingham, Cardiff, Southampton plus two in London (Lord’s and the Oval). Early days for naming squads. Anyone thought of: ‘Ladies at Lord’s’?
A more serious question is how Overseas cricketers are divided fairly, between each squad.
Existing Coaches will want to select top-ranked Overseas players who can either: (a) score faster than 1.5 runs per ball; (b) score at least four 50’s; (c) bowl unplayable ‘dot-balls to stop run chases in their tracks; (d) take quick wickets; or (e) at least two of these. Previous ‘quick and dirty’ analysis of Super League (’19) data revealed that most players struggle to hit a strike rate of one-run-per-ball.
Top five batters – came from the southern hemisphere
Strike rates per ball are calculated in proportion to runs scored per hundred balls. Top five Overseas batters with personal-best fastest strike rates were:
(1) New Zealand’s Rachel Priest;
(2) South Africa’s Lizelle Lee;
(3) Australia’s Tahlia McGrath;
(4) Australia’s Alyssa Healy
and (5)Australia’s Amanda-Jade Wellington.
Top five batting averages were
(A) India’s Jemimah Rodrigues (57)
(B) India’s Deepti Sharma (53);
(C) South Africa’s Mignon du Preez (47);
(D) West Indies’ Stafanie Taylor (42);
(E) New Zealand’s Rachel Priest (39).
Fastest ball striker – also came from the southern hemisphere
During the tournament, Rachel Priest was the fastest striker, power-hitting 44 from 16 balls including five ‘sixes’ (at 2.7 runs per ball) in Storm v Stars. Priest hit 43 ‘fours’ and 15 ‘sixes’ – more ‘sixes’ than any other Overseas player. Two years ago, she scored more runs than any other player – the same year as Storm last won the Super League.
Fastest Century in Super League
Jemimah Rodrigues made Super League history from passing 100 runs from 58 deliveries, at a personal best strike rate of 1.9 runs-per-ball. Rodrigues century included 17 ‘fours’ and one ‘six,’ remaining undefeated on 112 runs. Overall, Rodrigues scored 402 runs from ten innings – the most runs for an Overseas batter; with fourth-best ranking for average strike rate (average 1.5 runs-per-ball). Her top batting average ranking (as mentioned above) was boosted by three ‘not outs.’
Fastest Fifty in Super League
Lizelle Lee scored the fastest fifty including thirteen ‘fours’ and three ‘sixes’ in an opening partnership of 127 for Stars v Thunder. Lee made 75 from 28 balls at a personal best strike rate (2.6 runs-per-ball). In the same match, third fastest scorer Tahlia McGrath (2.1< runs-per-ball) scored 41 runs from 19 deliveries. Great start until thwarted by Thunder’s thunderstruck batting collapse.
Bowling dot balls
As mentioned above, unplayable ‘dot-balls’ can stop run chases in their tracks. Top three Super League bowlers from Overseas who delivered the most dot balls were (1) South Africa’s Marizanne Kapp (97 medium-pace dots for Stars); followed by (2) Australia’s Amanda-Jade Wellington (95 leg-break dots for Vipers) and (3) India’s Deepti Sharma (78 off-break dots for Storm).
Bowling averages – southern hemisphere success
Similar analysis revealed that four bowlers bagged ten or more wickets each. Firstly, Amanda-Jade Wellington took 14 wickets (best 3-22 for Vipers); with 95 dots. Secondly, South Africa’s Dane van Niekerk took 12 wickets (best 3-20 for Stars); with 71 dots. Third place for taking 10 wickets was New Zealand’s Leigh Kasperek (best 4-16 off-spin for Diamonds) with 67 dots. Separately, Marizanne Kapp (for Stars) and West Indies’ Hayley Matthews (for Lightning) should both be mentioned for bowling rare maidens (six-dot-balls-in-one-over).
During the last year of the KIA Super League Overseas players have made a fantastic contribution to women’s cricket, particularly gifted players from the southern hemisphere. Analysis has shown that straight-forward averages can be misleading. High batting strike-rates and bowlers’ ability to bowl dot balls need careful consideration, as predictive success factors in The Hundred game.
Footnote: At time of writing, data analysis agrees with espncricinfo.com