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Womens Super League T20: complete squads and key players

By Chaitanya Laxman

The Women’s Super League T20 2019 will be played between August 06 to September 01. The tournament features six teams and has top women cricketers from across the globe.

The Women’s Super League T20 is seen as a huge step in the development and promotion of women’s cricket and hence the tournament is loaded with plenty of entertainment to attract crowds.

The Womens Super League T20: complete squads and key players are given below:

Lancashire Thunder:

Kate Cross (c), Alex Hartley, Sophie Ecclestone, Sophia Dunkley, Georgia Boyce, Emma Lamb, Natalie Brown, Danielle Collins, Alice Dyson, Ria Fackrell, Ellie Threlkeld, Eve Jones, Harmanpreet Kaur, Sune Luus, Tahlia McGrath.

Key Players:

Harmanpreet Kaur: No surprise there. One of the most aggressive and feared batters in women’s T20, Harmanpreet is a match-winner on her day. She can pack a punch with her bold attitude and win games with her mighty batting talent. She has 96 T20Is behind her and close to 2000 runs which makes her one of the most experienced players.

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Sophie Ecclestone: Slow in the air, close to stumps and plenty of variations. Eccelestone’s spin bowling has all ingredients present and no wonder she is the leading wicket-taker in the WCSL with 27 wickets. And not to forget her economy rate of just 06 runs per over.

Kate Cross: The skipper of the team, Cross can make the new ball talk with her perfect lines and lengths. Her bowling average of 23.63 reflects her prowess and she can be vital for the team if she gets few wickets with the new ball.

Loughborough Lightning:

Georgia Elwiss (captain), Amy Jones (wk), Jenny Gunn, Kirstie Gordon, Abbey Freeborn, Lucy Higham, Tara Norris, Alice Monaghan, Kathryn Bryce, Georgia Adams, Sarah Glenn, Jo Gardner, Mignon du Preez, Hayley Matthews, Chamari Atapattu.

Key Players:

Georgia Elwiss: An economy of 5.92 effectively shows the value of Elwiss in T20 cricket. And add to it her experience of leading the franchise in the last three years, you have a key player that can win games with her bowling and her tactics.

Chamari Atapattu: The Sri Lankan legend is a force to reckon with the bat. She has experience of 78 T20Is and more than 1000 runs. Her innings of 178* in the ODI World Cup against Australia is one of the best in the history of women’s cricket and she also has 33 wickets under her belt.

Hayley Matthews: When the going gets tough, the tough gets going. Matthews is a big occasion player and importantly thrives under pressure. A batting strike rate of 113.91 and bowling average of 17.70 prove her credentials and she surely is the X-factor for Lightning in this tournament.

Southern Vipers:

Tammy Beaumont (c), Dani Wyatt, Tash Farrant, Suzie Bates, Stafanie Taylor, Amanda Wellington, Charlie Dean, Maia Bouchier, Lauren Bell, Carla Rudd, Paige Scholfield, Thea Brookes, Marie Kelly, Issy Wong, Fi Morris.

Key Players:

Stafanie Taylor: Taylor has an average of 36.00 in T20I and plenty of experience.  She also has 21 T20I fifties that demonstrate her ability to pile up big scores. So watch out for her in this tournament.

Dani Wyatt: Dani Wyatt has 2 hundreds and 6 fifties in T20I cricket and these numbers have come at an astounding strike-rate of 124.14. And what’s more she has 46 wickets as well at an impressive average of 15.34.

Suzie Bates: One of the legends in women’s cricket, Bates is New Zealand’s leading batter in T20I.  She averages 30.69 and strikes at 112.23. And she is pretty capable of winning games of her own cue her one hundred and 21 fifties.

Yorkshire Diamonds:

Lauren Winfield (c), Katherine Brunt, Alice Davidson-Richards, Katie George, Linsey Smith, Hollie Armitage, Georgia Davis, Helen Fenby, Cordelia Griffith, Bess Heath, Beth Langston, Katie Levick, Alyssa Healy, Jemimah Rodrigues, Leigh Kasperek.

Key Players:

Katherine Brunt: With 73 T20I wickets at an economy rate of 5.30, Brunt has made a massive impact in women’s cricket. She has 363 international wickets across formats and is hailed as one of the sharpest minds  in world cricket.

Jemimah Rodrigues: The young Indian sensation has already made a name for herself by scoring five fifties in 21 T20I innings. The teenager was impressive in the women’s T20 challenge and has an audacious strike rate of 123.57.

Alyssa Healy: Healy was unstoppable in the Ashes and the team will be expecting that she carries the form in this tournament. A solid batter with good technique, Healy forms the batting core for Diamonds. She has close to 1500 T20I runs and averages 22.56.

Surrey Stars:

Nat Sciver (c), Aylish Cranstone, Gwenan Davies, Grace Gibbs, Amy Gordon, Eva Gray, Hannah Jones, Marizanne Kapp, Lizelle Lee, Laura Marsh, Bryony Smith, Rhianna Southby, Sarah Taylor, Dane van Niekerk, Mady Villiers

key Players:

Sarah Taylor: The wicket-keeper batter for England, Taylor has safe pair of hands behind the wickets (232 international dismissals) and a reliable batter (2177 T20I runs). She has 16 fifties in T20I cricket and will be expected to lead Stars’ batting unit.

Nat Sciver: With 48 T20I wickets and 1096 T20I runs, Sciver is a vital asset for Stars. She can make contributions in both departments and hence is a key threat for the opposition and her batting strike rate of 111.04 and bowling average of 20.06 cannot be unnoticed.

Laura Marsh: Marsh’s tight line and lengths have won several games for her side and her economy rate of 5.29 reflects this fact. She is a wicket-taker too and has 64 wickets in 67 T20Is. She can be handy with the bat too and has one half-century.

Western Storm:

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Heather Knight (captain), Anya Shrubsole, Fran Wilson, Freya Davies, Smriti Mandhana, Rachel Priest, Deepti Sharma , Danielle Gibson, Ellie Mitchell, Claire Nicholas, Sophie Luff, Naomi Dattani, Amara Carr, Sonia Odedra, Alex Griffiths

key Players:

Anya Shrubsole: The player of the tournament for 2014 World Twenty20, Shrubsole has a the rare quality of keeping calm during chaos. Her performances peak during crucial matches and she is a huge weapon for Storm. Her 87 T20I wickets have come at an economy rate of 5.78 which is highly impressive.

Deepti Sharma: With 28 wickets in 30 T20Is, Deepti Sharma has made a name for herself in world cricket. She could be highly threatening if the pitches offer a bit of assistance and hence watch out for her in this tournament.

Smriti Mandhana: Arguably the most reliable opener in women’s cricket for now, Smriti Mandhana has 1298 T20I runs and a good average of 24.96. She is in tremendous form in the recent times and can be Storm’s MVP for this tournament.

Chaitanya Laxman

Smitten by cricket, green mountains, and written words, Chaitanya is engrossed with cricket stats and analysis. But cricket commentary is what he savors the most.