Rachel Priest finished KSL17 with the most runs, the highest strike rate, the most 50+ scores, most fours, most sixes and the all important trophy.
During KSL17, batters collectively averaged 6.14 runs per over, with a boundary ball percentage of 13.61%. Western Storm’s players scored 775 runs at a relatively modest 5.98 RPO and hit 13.24% of deliveries to the boundary.
Priest scored 261 (33.68%) of those runs at a strike rate of 164.15. That SR equates to 9.85 RPO. The rest of the Storm squad scored 514 runs at 4.98 RPO. Priest’s runs were scored at 3.71 RPO above the tournament average. Every other Storm player scored at below the tournament average.
Priest hit 28.30% of her balls faced for boundaries, while the remaining Storm players collectively hit boundaries off 9.37% deliveries. Anya Shrubsole, who faced just 14 deliveries, was the only other Storm player to hit boundaries at a rate higher than the tournament average. In other words, Priest averaged a boundary once every 3.53 balls while her teammates averaged one every 10.67 balls. Priest hit 45 of the Storm’s 103 boundaries during KSL17.
Charlotte Edwards’ crowd pleasing cameo of 20* (8) for the Vipers in the final ensured she was the only player to finish KSL17 with a higher boundary ball percentage than Priest (30.77% to Priest’s 28.30%).
By contrast, in 2016 Priest scored 133 runs at 5.91 RPO (0.22 RPO down on the tournament average of 6.13 RPO) and hit boundaries off 14.81% of deliveries (tournament average 13.39%). The rest of the Storm squad scored 739 runs in 2016 at a collective 6.91 RPO with a boundary ball percentage of 14.61%.
Priest (with 57 in the 2016 final, and 72 this year) and Storm teammate Stafanie Taylor (78* at Taunton last year) are the only KSL players to have made half-centuries against the Southern Vipers.
Priest’s innings strike rate of 200 for her 72 (36) vs the Vipers was the joint highest for a 50+ run score in the KSL. The other instances of a 200 SR for a 50+ score were Natalie Sciver’s 90* (45) vs the Storm at Bristol last year and Priest’s 52 (26) vs the Thunder at Bristol in 2017. Priest’s 26-ball half-century in the final was the 2nd fastest in the KSL, behind the 22 balls she faced to reach fifty vs the Thunder.
The Storm’s total of 151 in the final was the highest a KSL side has made against the Vipers. The previous best was the 140 Storm achieved in both their fixtures (a win chasing in the group stage, and a loss batting 1st in the final) vs the Vipers in 2016.
Western Storm account for four of the five highest successful KSL chases and are the only team to have made more than one 150+ total batting 2nd in the KSL. They reached 150 twice in 2016 and twice again this year. Loughborough Lightning (vs the Thunder in 2016) are the only other side to have made 150 in the 2nd innings of a KSL game.
As well as meaning she pipped Suzie Bates to the KSL17 tournament runs total, Priest’s score in the final also gave her the outright lead for KSL career 50+ scores (5). Her 72 was also the highest score on a KSL finals day, beating Ellyse Perry’s 64* for Loughborough Lightning in their semi-final loss to the Storm last year.
New Zealanders have made 12 of the 29 scores of fifty or more in the KSL to date. English players account for just 4 of those. A stark contrast to the success of local batting talent, not to mention English batsmen as overseas players, in the Women’s Big Bash League.
KSL career 50+ scores by nation:
12 New Zealand (Priest 5; Bates 4; Devine 1; McGlashan 1; Satterthwaite 1)
6 Australia (Perry 3; Blackwell 1; Mooney 1; Villani 1)
4 England (Knight 2; Sciver 1; Winfield 1)
4 South Africa (Lee 2; Du Preez 1; Van Niekerk 1)
2 West Indies (SR Taylor)
1 Sri Lanka (Atapattu)
No non-international players have made a KSL half-century.
54 Australia (Lanning 10; Mooney 9; Villani 7; Healy 5; Perry 4; Gardner 4; Jonassen 3; Britt 2; Coyte 2; Blackwell 1; Bolton 1; Carey 1; Hall 1; Harris 1; Haynes 1; Inglis 1; Redmayne 1)
13 England (Edwards 4; Beaumont 3; Knight 3; SJ Taylor 2; Wyatt 1)
10 New Zealand (Bates 3; McGlashan 3; Satterthwaite 2; Devine 1; Priest 1)
8 West Indies (SR Taylor 5; Dottin 2; Matthews 1)
2 South Africa (Du Preez 1; Van Niekerk 1)
1 India (Harmanpreet)
Six non-internationals (at the time) have made a WBBL half-century.