The third edition of the Kia Super League drew to a close last week, with Surrey Stars picking up their maiden title by beating Loughborough Lightning in the final.
Surrey were horribly inconsistent through the league campaign- they were bundled out for scores of 95 and 66 during the round robin phase, but it was their form against holders Western Storm, whom they beat thrice in the competition, that saw them reach the final.
The Cricket Blog takes a look at the highest run scorers in the competition.
Loughborough Lightning finished top of the table after the league phase, ahead of Western Storm and Surrey Stars.
1. Smriti Mandhana (Western Storm/India)– Mandhana was named Player of the Tournament for her exploits during the competition. In the 10 games she played, the Indian star scored 421 runs at an average of 60.14 and maintained a quite unbelievable strike rate of 174.68 through the competition. She also scored the first century of KSL 2018 against Lancashire Thunder, smashing 102 runs off 61 balls.
Mandhana will hope to continue her fantastic form in India’s upcoming tour of Sri Lanka, where, as seen on the Female Cricket website, they will play 3 ODI’s and 5 T20’s later this month.
2. Heather Knight (Western Storm/England)– Knight, along with Mandhana, was instrumental in helping Western Storm reach the semis. In the 11 matches she played, she ended up with 368 runs at an average of 46, with a top score of 97.
3. Natalie Sciver (Surrey Stars/England)– Sciver put in of the performances of the tournament in Surrey’s semifinal against Western Storm- 72* from 43 with the bat, and 2/21 with the ball. She has scored 362 runs in the competition at an average of 45.25 and also picked up 10 wickets with ball. Surrey’s captain, as you can see, definitely led from the front.
4. Lizelle Lee (Surrey Stars/South Africa)– Lee was the only other player apart from Mandhana to score a century in the tournament. That 104, studded with six sixes and 13 fours, came in the pressure cooker environment of a final against table toppers Loughborough, enabling the Stars to emerge comfortable winners by 66 runs. The South African opener scored 352 runs in all, at a more than handy strike rate of 149.
5. Rachael Haynes (Loughborough Lightning/Australia)– Loughborough’s bowling won them more games than their batting, and Haynes is their only representative in this list. 324 runs from 11 games at an average of 46.28 and a strike rate of 128.06 for the Australian.