Bigbash.com.au's team of WBBL|03
Bigbash.com.au has crunched the numbers and compiled a team of the tournament that is laden with allrounder talent
3 February 2018, 04:35 PM AEST
1) Elyse Villani (Perth Scorchers)
M: 15 | Runs: 519 | HS: 84 | Ave: 43.25 | SR: 131.06 | 50s: 5 | 100s: 0
The first-year Perth Scorchers captain has taken her game to another level this season, putting in some outstanding performances opening the batting with Nicole Bolton. She has guided her team brilliantly with a combination of big hitting and patience when required, and passed the coveted 500-run mark in the semi-final.
2) Beth Mooney (wk) (Brisbane Heat)
M: 14 | Runs: 465 | HS: 86 | Ave: 42.27 | SR: 143.52 | 50s: 5 | 100s: 0 | Ct: 8 | St: 4
Mooney was slow to get going after a couple of standout performances with the bat in Commonwealth Bank Women's Ashes T20 matches, but more than made up for lost time once she found her rhythm. After making just 83 runs across her first four games, she went on to belt 229 without losing her wicket in the next three, and was back to her absolute best with the bat. Her work behind the stumps was also excellent, taking the second most dismissals of any wicketkeeper in the league.
3) Ellyse Perry (Sydney Sixers)
M: 15 | Runs: 516 | HS: 91 | Ave: 43 | SR: 99.61 | 50s: 3 | 100s: 0 | Wkts: 4 | Econ: 7.30 | Ave: 49.30 | SR: 40.50 | BBI: 2-15
The Sixers' superstar almost slipped under the radar at times with her batting, with the likes of Ashleigh Gardner and Alyssa Healy putting in a few sensational performances, but Perry anchored many Sixers' innings with her calm, measured starts, unleashing late when protecting her wicket was no longer the priority. There were times when mini-collapses occurred around her, but Perry - who was the first to hit 500 runs this season - dug in and did what needed to be done. She bowled herself less this season than in the past, but is a proven performer with the ball as well.
4) Nicole Bolton (Perth Scorchers)
M: 15 | Runs: 477 | HS: 71 | Ave: 34.07 | SR: 103.25 | 50s: 3 | 100s: 0 | Wkts: 8 | Econ: 6.12 | Ave: 26 | SR: 25.50 | BBI: 2-14
5) Sophie Devine (Adelaide Strikers)
M: 15 | Runs: 355 | HS: 70 | Ave: 25.36 | SR: 117.55 | 50s: 1 | 100s: 0 | Wkts: 17 | Econ: 6.21 | Ave: 17.50 | SR: 16.90 | BBI: 2-10
Devine has relished the freedom having fellow experienced New Zealander Suzie Bates alongside her in an allrounder capacity at the Strikers this season, producing her best season with both bat and ball, opening in both. She has produced some memorable, big-hitting performances and has snared crucial wickets along the way as her WBBL team earned its spot in the WBBL finals for the first time.
6) Dane van Niekerk (Sydney Sixers)
M: 11 | Runs: 145 | HS: 44 | Ave: 20.71 | SR: 115.08 | 50s: 0 | 100s: 0 | Wkts: 20 | Econ: 5.57 | Ave: 11.70 | SR: 12.60 | BBI:4-13
The South African allrounder's leg-spin was a weapon for the Sixers this season, whether she was called into the attack to tie down the run rate or strike with a few wickets. She claimed a hat-trick against the Hurricanes, and could jump in for a quick cameo with the bat when required. She was the competition's leading wicket-taker, but missed games late after returning home for national team duties.
7) Amy Satterthwaite (Melbourne Renegades)
M: 12 | Runs: 368 | HS: 65 | Ave: 33.45 | SR: 108.55 | 50s: 2 | 100s: 0 | Wkts: 11 | Econ: 6.57 | Ave: 20.90 | SR: 19.10 | BBI: 2-5
8) Katherine Brunt (Perth Scorchers)
M: 13 | Wkts: 23 | Econ: 4.73 | Ave: 10.50 | SR: 13.30 | BBI: 3-11 | Runs: 94 | HS: 29 | Ave: 15.67 | SR: 84.68 | 50s: 0 | 100s: 0
A minor back injury was the only blip on another very impressive season from the Scorchers' pace spearhead. The leading wicket-taker of WBBL|03 was brutal and unrelenting, and was a key cog for the Scorchers as they booked their spot in the decider for the second year running.
9) Rene Farrell (Sydney Thunder)
M: 15 | Wkts: 17 | Econ: 6.03 | Ave: 20.80 | SR: 20.70 | BBI: 3-19
Farrell was part of an impressive Sydney Thunder bowling attack, finishing with the same number of wickets as Nicola Carey, and one more than Sam Bates, but it was her ability to snare vital wickets when the team needed it that made her season stand out. She could start the Thunder on a strong note with an early wicket, or return later in the attack to break partnerships.
10) Sarah Aley (Sydney Sixers)
M: 15 | Wkts: 22 | Econ: 6.19 | Ave: 15.10 | SR: 14.70 | BBI: 4-18
The Sixers' pace star has again been a force to be reckoned with in WBBL|03. She has had good support from van Niekerk and then Sarah Coyte, but has been the constant of the Sixers' attack, picking up wickets and giving opposition batters little to work with. She was at her absolute best against the Strikers in the semi-final, snaring 4-1 in her first two overs to all but put the result to rest.
11) Lea Tahuhu (Melbourne Renegades)
M: 13 | Wkts: 17 | Econ: 6.25 | Ave: 16.50 | SR: 15.80 | BBI: 3-25
The Melbourne Renegades pace ace stepped up this season to be among the top wicket-takers, nearly doubling her return from last summer to finish equal fourth in the WBBL. She set the tone opening the bowling for the Renegades as they surged into contender status after a couple of seasons as cellar-dwellers.