A sensational Captain innings from Heather knight in a tense chase helped Western Storm to win their 2nd KSL title by defeating Southern Vipers by 6 wickets at Hove on Sunday.
We bring you the top 11 performers from the KIA super league. These players have provided us with the best entertainment and brilliance on the cricket field.
Let us have a look at the top 5 batters first who impacted the tournament the most with their skillset and their resilience.
1. Jemimah Rodrigues in KSL 2019
Jemimah Rodrigues scored a jaw-dropping 401 runs this season at an average of 57.29. She had a few quiet outings at the start of the tournament as the tournament progressed she got into the groove of things and even scored 112 runs off just 58 balls against Southern Vipers. Rodrigues was instrumental in helping Yorkshire Diamonds win a few important matches.
2. Danielle Wyatt in KSL 2019
Danielle Wyatt amassed 363 runs from 9 innings. She also scored a century in this year’s edition of KSL against the Surrey Stars. Wyatt played an important role in making sure that the Southern Vipers reached the top 3 along with captain Tammy Beaumont and Stafanie Taylor making a mark in the tournament. Wyatt is a complete package for the Southern Vipers apart from scoring runs she also picked up important wickets at regular intervals.
3. Amy Ellen Jones in KSL 2019
The wicketkeeper-batsman for Loughborough Lightning was a star performer making solid runs at the top and playing some beautiful innings thus winning games for her team. Amy scored a magnificent 74 runs against the Southern Vipers, with that coming back in form at the right time in the tournament, she scored a total of 300 runs up till the group stages of the tournament.
4. Heather Knight in KSL 2019
The western storm captain was always there batting out in the middle and on most of the occasions did a splendid job for her team. Knight was the backbone of the Western storm unit with the bat as well as on the field. Heather scored 314 runs at an average of 39.25 and was a part of the strong batting unit that had Fran Wilson, Racheal Preist, and Smriti Mandhana along with Heather knight in the top 4. She allowed players around her the freedom to play their natural game and that is why they had such a successful batting unit.
TAKE A BOW, CAPTAIN!— Female Cricket (@imfemalecricket) September 1, 2019
England captain Heather Knight scored an unbeaten 78 as Western Storm chased a target of 173 to beat Southern Vipers and win the Super League title.#KiaSuperLeague #StormTroopers pic.twitter.com/aGgolHWJ3H
5. Harmanpreet Kaur in KSL 2019
Harmanpreet Kaur who Turned for Lancashire thunder showed us different versions of her game altogether. The Harmanpreet we are used to seeing is the one who could tear apart any bowling lineup on any given day but, this time around, she was busy rebuilding the falling innings and holding it together. Sometimes it’s more about playing a certain way that attracts than going bonkers against the bowlers. This different version of Harmanpreet impressed us but could not win their team any games.
Harmanpreet scored 261 runs at an average of 29. Kaur made it to the top 5 batsmen list just on the merit of intent she displayed every time she bailed her team out of trouble.
The top 5 bowlers in our list are:
1. Freya Davies in KSL 2019
The young new England international has taken remarkable steps in the tournament, She is the highest wicket-taker in the tournament so far and is likely to end the tournament on the same spot. She has taken two 4-fers and one 3 wicket haul in the tournament so far. Leading the wickets chart at 18 wickets from 10 matches. Davies has been an important wheel in the success of Western Storm.
2. Sophie Eccelstone in KSL 2019
Sophie Eccelstone picked up 12 wickets during the group stages of the tournament and was economical on most occasions. Along with her bowling, she was an asset to have on the field affecting numerous runouts. Lancashire Thunder couldn’t go ahead in the tournament but she did her part pretty well. Her best being 3 for 17 against the Loughborough Lightning.
3. Natasha Farrant in KSL 2019
Natasha Farrant is among the top 2 wicket-takers in the tournament, she has picked up a total of 12 wickets from 8 innings. She was also the leading wicket-taker in last year’s edition of KSl. She picked up those wickets at an average of 14.33 second best to Freya Davies. Natasha can impact the outcome of games by helping Southern Vipers in the semifinals.
4. Dane Van Niekerk in KSL 2019
The South African leg-break bowler had a great outing in the KSL for the Surrey Stars. She picked up 12 wickets from 8 games at an average of 17.58. She also played some important knocks for her team.
5. Sarah Glenn in KSL 2019
The 20-year-old right-arm medium-pace bowler from England picked up 10 wickets from 10 games at an average of 18.10 an she was very economical. She ha a contrasting effect on games picking up wickets at vital points in the game at an economy of 6.03. Loughborough Lightning wouldn’t have been happier with her performance in the tournament so far.
The All-rounders play an important role in deciding the course of the game. And she deserves a top mention:
1. Stafanie Taylor in KSL 2019
The West Indian all-rounder picked up 8 wickets in 6 games and scored around 210 runs in as many games she was awarded player of the match on 2 occasions.she played an integral role in winning a few games for Southern Vipers.
The KSL 2019 was a success, a lot of new talent was unearthed, some exciting cricket was played and got to witness some brilliant games. This was the last edition in T20 format next year the new format will be introduced, new strategies would be drawn and hopefully, more of new talent would be found.