Perth Scorchers coach Lisa Keightley has hailed the Club’s back-to-back WBBL Player of the Year winner Katherine Brunt and says she “borders on crazy” on the field.
The English fast bowler captured 10 wickets, with a valuable economy rate of just 5.55 across WBBL|02, helping the eventual runners-up Scorchers to their first Championship decider in the competition.
Brunt backed up her best bowling figures of 2-14 with 216 runs at an average of 27, including a team-high eight sixes and aggressive strike rate of 132.51.
The import is known as a fierce competitor on the field, something which Keightley said was a huge asset.
“I love her enthusiasm and competitiveness,” Keightley said. “That rubs off on the players.
“Every time she crosses the line, she’s a typical Yorkshire woman. She borders on crazy to calm and knows her skill very well.
“Some of the games she’s performed so well and won us matches. She’s shown her class over the past two years and what a fantastic player she is.
“I’m really happy that she wants to come back every year. She’s been a massive bonus for us.”
Brunt’s back-to-back individual success shows the Scorchers have recruited well from overseas.
“It’s really important that we get good overseas players because that allows us to get a bit of consistency and leadership up the top,” Keightley said.
“We’ve got Nicole (Bolton) and Elyse (Villani) who do it really well but if we can have three overseas that can add a bit of confidence and leadership, that’s what Nunny brings.”
Keightley also added that she felt there were numerous candidates who could have won the award in WBBL|02.
The Scorchers coach said that’s a great sign, particularly the growth in local players which helped the side go from a semi-final spot in WBBL|01 to this campaign’s place in the decider.
“For me, the reason why we made the finals wasn’t our overseas players performing all the way, it was our Fury players stepping up,” she said.
“Emma King had her best season, last year she played four games and she played every game this year.
“We had Heather Graham performing with bat and ball, we had Piepa Cleary standing up and making a name for herself, we had Megan Banting keep for the first year.
“The difference for us from getting to semi-final to a final, was our local players.”