The second showing of the Rebel Women’s Big Bash League (WBBL) was the most successful for the Perth Scorchers, thanks largely to some outstanding contributions from many players.
The Scorchers proved to be one of the best bowling outfits of the WBBL|02, and it was local product Emma King who took her game to the next level.
King was Perth’s leading wicket taker during the WBBL, with 17 wickets at an average of 19.88 and best figures of 2-10.
Fellow West Aussie Piepa Cleary was also a standout, managing to claim 11 wickets from just eight matches at an average of 11.9.
King and Cleary’s performances during WBBL|02 were remarkable in comparison to their highly rated international teammates in captain Suzie Bates as well as England internationals Katherine Brunt and Anya Shrubsole.
Bates showed why she was crowned ICC World Twenty20 player of the year and World One Day player of the year for 2016 taking 13 wickets throughout WBBL|02.
While Brunt and Shrubsole claimed 10 and nine wickets respectively.
When it comes to Perth’s standout batter, one name rises above all, Elyse Villani.
Villani whacked a whopping 442 tournament runs, which included five half centuries, 59 fours and five sixes.
The 27-year-old was crowned player of the match five times during WBBL|02, and scored over a hundred runs more than her nearest teammate in Nicole Bolton.
Bolton had a mixed WBBL|02, whilst only scoring one half century, the 28-year-old still managed to rack up over 300 tournament runs.
The battle for Perth’s all-rounder honours went to Barnsley’s Brunt, who was also ranked as the best all-rounder in the WBBL.
The 31-year-old combined her 10 tournament wickets with more than 200 runs at a strike rate of 132.5.
While Bates took 13 wickets and scored 310 runs, Brunt’s economy with the ball and power hitting proved to be more damaging.
Head coach Lisa Keightley praised the depth of her squad right the way through the WBBL, and it was highlighted by Lauren Ebsary and Heather Graham.
The pair combined for several match winning partnerships in the middle order, as well as Grahams handy efforts with the ball.
Ebsary notched up over 200 tournament runs, with a high score of 45 not out.
Graham too scored over 200 runs, and showed exceptional talent in belting 21 fours.
Who was your Scorchers player of the tournament?