WPL weekly star-tracker (Nov 20): Mumbai crowned SWT Champs; more MI magic in the WBBL
Five stars across four teams, and each of them outshining the other through the week. And why are we even surprised?! The Women’s Big Bash League is reaching its business end, and our MI crew are turning up the magic. Also, back home, MUMBAI HAVE BEEN CROWNED CHAMPIONS. Read on ..
Welcome the 2023 Senior Women’s Trophy Champions, Aamchi Mumbai!
The Indian domestic giants, Mumbai, have done it again. Another piece of silverware comes home. Humairaa Kaazi, after a host of top knocks through the season, dug in in the final against Uttarakhand Women. In a rather easy chase of 85, she made sure there were no surprises, with a 21-ball 23, and before she knew it, the Senior Women’s Trophy was hers, and ours!
Be assured, Hailstorm Hayley is back!
Hayley Matthews has spoilt us. After all, with eight consecutive POTMs in T20Is, who wouldn’t be. And thus, her minor blip in form for the Melbourne Renegades, was a bit hard for us to take. Don’t worry, it isn’t lasting long. After a first-ball duck against the Adelaide Strikers and a 15-ball 8 against Perth in the last week, she’s well and truly turned the clock back. Coming in to bat at number four, she led the charge with a 22-ball 32 in a chase against the Stars, followed it up with an even better 46(28) with seven fours and a six against Brisbane Heat, and a lone-ranger run-a-ball effort of 39 against the Hurricanes, this week marks the return of the Hailstorm. Keep your umbrellas ready to duck under those sixes!
A bit up, a bit down for our Kaptaan Kaur
Here are her scores over the last two weeks: 45(38), 10(12), 37(39), 22(19), 1(4). Batting at number three for the Melbourne Renegades, she’s been hitting the right notes, but given her reputation and her skills at finishing the job, she’d have some mixed feelings as her side haven’t quite been able to get over the line on most occasions.
The Melie way
It’s only Amelia Kerr who can give you these monster all-round performances. A steady 36 with the bat and a couple of wickets in a miserly spell of 21 runs in her four overs against the Stars to roar back into her usual killer mode after a couple of low-scores in the last week. But mind you, even when the runs weren’t quite there with the bat, the wickets against her name were.
Quiet, efficient, lethal, Chloe!
Under the radar, but trust her to land the final punch, as seen in the game against the Melbourne Stars, where her side – Sydney Sixers – were in a spot of bother. But Chloe Tryon, with three wickets in the same over, turned the tide in her side’s favour with rain coming down to help the Sixers sneak ahead on the DLS par score. Against the Strikers, she almost single-handedly led her team’s charge with the bat, with a 28-ball 39 to lift them to a respectable total.
Nat’s Scorchers move to the top of the table
Nat Sciver-Brunt sure knows a thing or two about carrying her side to the top of the points table and then winning championships. Well, she’s doing something similar with the Perth Scorchers here in the WBBL, carrying them to big totals with quickfire middle-order cameos, a 26 off 16 balls against the Sixers and a 22 off 14 balls against Brisbane Heat.