With WBBL semi-finals simply over every week away, 5 groups stay in competition for the highest 4 spots being the Sydney Sixers, Sydney Thunder, Brisbane Warmth, Melbourne Renegades and Perth Scorchers.
Sadly for the Melbourne Stars, Hobart Hurricanes and Adelaide Strikers, their WBBL04 campaigns won’t progress previous Monday.
Should you’re a Melbourne-based cricket fan, be sure you get behind the Renegades for his or her ultimate video games. If they will maintain onto fourth spot and hold the Scorchers relegated to fifth, they would be the first Melbourne membership to characteristic within the WBBL finals within the historical past of the competitors.
If you’re a Sydney-based cricket fan, there’s a lot to be enthusiastic about on condition that the 2 Sydney groups at present occupy first and second place and don’t appear like falling any decrease on the ladder with so few video games left remaining.
Whereas there have been many gamers for each the Sixers and the Thunder which have contributed to each groups successes this 12 months together with the likes of Nicola Carey, Maisy Gibson, Alyssa Healy and Erin Burns, there’s one participant’s efforts that I wished to spotlight specifically… and that’s Ellyse Perry.
Ellyse has change into synonymous with cricket in Australia and is arguably probably the most recognisable feminine cricketer within the nation. This has been so for fairly a while, on condition that she is a twin worldwide – at one level having performed each cricket for Australia and in addition performed soccer for the Matildas.
All of us knew she was proficient, however this summer season she has actually taken her batting to the following degree. Earlier this week she broke the file for probably the most WBBL runs scored in a season when she scored an unbeaten 80 from 54 deliveries for the Sixers in opposition to the Perth Scorchers. In doing so she broke the earlier file of 560 runs held by Meg Lanning when she was taking part in for the Melbourne Stars in WBBL01.
The scary half is that Ellyse isn’t completed simply but. She is nicely on her method to 700 runs with the Sixers in motion twice extra in the course of the common season – in opposition to the Renegades on Sunday and in opposition to the Stars on Monday. The Sixers are additionally assured to play within the Finals, so she has a minimum of one other three video games remaining.
Given the best way Ellyse began the match, I’m virtually shocked it has taken her this lengthy to interrupt the file on condition that she scored 419 runs in her first six innings this summer season.
She began the summer season off scoring 58, 102 not out, 74 not out, 10, 72 not out and 103 not out. It’s price noting that her century was her first within the WBBL and he or she backed it up with one other century a few video games later.
We’ve seen the usual of cricket enhance throughout the board dramatically since WBBL01, so in a method it reveals what an incredible batter Meg Lanning is in that her file has stood for thus lengthy. However moreover, what a feat from Ellyse to lastly break the file.
It appears that evidently batting has been the true winner all through this summer season – with 5 centuries already being scored – two by Ellyse, one by her group mate Alyssa Healy, Lizelle Lee from the Melbourne Stars and Grace Harris from the Brisbane Warmth. Moreover there was a rise within the common innings rating and a rise within the variety of boundaries hit.
We will additionally see this within the bowling figures. In WBBL01, Marizanne Kapp from the Sydney Sixers had the most effective financial system fee within the competitors at four.28 (for a participant that had performed greater than 2 video games).
This was no shock given the dominance of the South African gamers, notably as cricket in Australia was nonetheless on the early phases of the ladies’s recreation changing into skilled. The worldwide gamers actually had star energy.
It appears that evidently different nations have caught up now, with Marizanne’s financial system fee this summer season sitting at 6.36 and the most effective financial system fee belonging to Georgia Wareham from the Renegades at 5.72 (it’s price noting that Rachel Trenaman’s financial system fee is 5.25 however she has solely performed 4 video games).
Undoubtedly in response to this text will likely be some folks querying why Ellyse was batting so low at the latest ICC Ladies’s T20 World Cup. Australia received this match, however many cricketing followers had been shocked to see her batting at 7.
Throughout that match, Ellyse solely confronted 49 balls and he or she additionally didn’t must bat within the ultimate the place Australia beat England by eight wickets.
Historically, Ellyse has been a participant that has most well-liked to play Checks and in the future innings.
She is an especially affected person batter so given the explosiveness of the highest order for Australia in that match with the likes of Allyssa Healy, Ashleigh Gardner and Meg Lanning, it gave me nice consolation understanding that if Australia misplaced early wickets or there was a collapse within the center order, there was nonetheless somebody of Ellyse’s stature ready within the wings to return and regular the ship.
However given her kind this summer season, Ellyse has actually made a case for herself batting up the order – particularly with the following T20 World Cup only a 12 months away.
Given Ellyse’s kind, ought to she fireplace within the semi-final, I really feel for whichever group goes to be up in opposition to the Sydney Sixers. They actually are going to be laborious to beat.