With the inaugural edition of The Hundred wrapped up, we’ve chosen a team of the tournament for the women’s competition, which was won by Oval Invincibles.
Jemimah Rodrigues – Northern Superchargers
249 runs @ 41.5, SR: 150.9
Scorer of the tournament’s highest individual score – a 92 not out against Welsh Fire – Rodrigues is a shoo-in in our women’s team of The Hundred. The Mumbai-born opener was one of the stars of the tournament thanks to her graceful strokeplay and clever manipulation of the field, a combination that fetched her plenty of runs. Rodrigues’ three half-centuries were the most by any player in the tournament.
Dane van Niekerk – Oval Invincibles (c)
259 runs @ 43.16, SR: 105.71 | 8 wickets @ 20.62, 1.10 RPB
The tournament-winning captain and the leading run-scorer, Dane van Niekerk is also the captain of our team of the tournament. Her aggressive field placings in the final, including putting herself at second slip to subsequently catch Dunkley, were a joy to watch. She was economical with the ball and an all-round leader – and deservedly the winning captain for the first edition of The Hundred.
Sophia Dunkley – Southern Brave
244 runs @ 40.66 , SR: 141.86
Dunkley’s 244 runs at an average of 48.80 in the group stage were key in Southern Brave’s run to the final. The third-highest scorer in The Hundred, the 23-year-old kept her cool in run chases and showed her ability to score heavily from No. 3 without slowing the run rate. One of the standout players of The Hundred, Dunkley’s had quite a summer after also becoming the first black woman to play Test cricket for England earlier in the year.
Nat Sciver – Trent Rockets
220 runs @ 31.42, SR: 136.64 | 3 wickets @ 51, 1.61 RPB
While she didn’t flourish with the ball, Sciver’s consistency with the bat was a vital element in the faltering Trent Rockets side. Batting at a typically high tempo, Sciver managed one fifty to go with four other scores above 27, making her one of the main run-getters for the Rockets.
Amy Jones – Birmingham Phoenix (wk)
176 runs @ 25.14, SR: 155.57| 7 dismissals
Despite making fewer runs in the competition than Sarah Taylor’s tally of 182, Jones makes our team of the tournament thanks to her imperious strike-rate of 155. Her aggressive batting helped keep the momentum going in the Phoenix’s innings, and played an important role in their run to the eliminator. Leading by example, Jones’ excellent work behind the stumps also brought her six stumpings and one catch.
Stafanie Taylor – Southern Brave
182 runs @ 45.5, SR: 101.67
Taylor’s average of 45.5 was the second-highest in the tournament, and the highest of anyone to play more than three matches. The World Cup-winning West Indies captain smashed a brilliant 45 off 31 balls to save the Brave in their group-stage clash against the Trent Rockets, and added four more scores over 20 in the games after. Her average is helped by four unbeaten scores across the tournament.
Amanda-Jade Wellington – Southern Brave
14 wickets @ 11.50, 1.10 RPB
Leg spinner Wellington was crucial to the Brave’s run to the final, taking 4-12 against Northern Superchargers to send her side straight to Lord’s. Wellington also took 4-14 against London Spirit in the group stage, as well as two other two-fers in other matches – a genuine wicket-taker.
Sammy-Jo Johnson – Trent Rockets
15 wickets @ 10.25, 1.37 RPB | 120 runs @ 17.14
Taking 15 wickets, and with a best of 4-15, Johnson was the second-highest wicket-taker in the tournament. Opening the batting for the Rockets, Johnson also hit the most number of sixes in the tournament with seven maximums. She’s in this team primarily for her outstanding bowling record, however.
Marizanne Kapp – Oval Invincibles
11 wickets @ 6.36, 1.01 RPB
The matchwinner in the final, Kapp’s tournament-best figures of 4-9 put the final out of Southern Brave’s reach. To take three wickets in the first 10 balls of the final was a breathtaking performance, and Kapp’s tally of 11 wickets is remarkable given she only played five games due to injury. Her economy was also the best in the tournament of any bowler to deliver more than 15 balls.
Tash Farrant – Oval Invincibles
18 wickets @ 10.27, 1.24 RPB
The leading wicket-taker in The Hundred with 18 scalps, Farrant claimed two three-fers in the group stage to go with her 4-10 against Birmingham Phoenix in the Eliminator. Stingy at the death thanks to her newly-improved yorker, and threatening with the new ball, Farrant was one of the standout bowlers of the tournament.
Kirstie Gordon – Birmingham Phoenix
15 wickets @ 14.13, 1.49 RPB
Gordon picked up big scalps throughout the tournament, including Nat Sciver and Heather Knight. She took two three-fers in the competition, including 3-14 against the Manchester Originals, and dovetailed well with Abtaha Maqsood to help the Phoenix reach the Eliminator.
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