Sophie Devine named Player of WBBL06; Meg Lanning named captain of team of the tournament

Sophie Devine (l), Meg Lanning. © Getty Images / Women's CricZone

Sophie Devine, captain of Perth Scorchers, has been named the Player of the Tournament for the second successive year, while Darcie Brown, the emerging pacer with Adelaide Strikers, is the Young Gun of the sixth season of the WBBL.

Devine, who moved over from the Strikers to Scorchers this season, has 448 runs so far in this season in 11 games, at a whopping average of 56. She’s third in the list of most runs in WBBL06, with her Scorchers team-mate and opener Beth Mooney atop the run-charts with 524 runs. The Kiwi skipper also has a ton to her name apart from three half centuries and played a huge role in helping Scorchers make the top four. The consistent Devine had raked up 769 runs last season, finishing WBBL05 with most runs.

17-year-old Brown, on the other hand, rattled the batters with her pace, picking ten wickets in 13 games she played. She had an economy rate of under six runs an over and picked up a best of three for 13 versus Hobart Hurricanes in the second match on the opening day. The other players to have been nominated alongside Brown were Rachel Trenaman and Phoebe Litchfield from Sydney Thunder, Amy Smith from Hobart Hurricanes and Melbourne Renegades’ Courtney Webb.

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Apart from these awards, the team of the tournament was also announced with Melbourne Stars and Australia captain Meg Lanning named skipper of the side. Heather Knight and Natalie Sciver, both from England, were the international players alongside Devine, to be named in the line-up. Laura Kimmince, who has a strike rate of 202.89 at the end of the league stage, has been slated to come in at six, with impressive Alana King to follow her. No player from Hurricanes, Renegades and Sydney Sixers made the cut.

Team of WBBL06: Beth Mooney (wk) (Scorchers), Sophie Devine (Scorchers), Meg Lanning (c) (Stars), Heather Knight (Thunder), Natalie Sciver (Stars), Laura Kimmince (Heat), Alana King (Stars), Sarah Coyte (Strikers), Hannah Darlington (Thunder), Taneale Peschel (Scorchers), Samantha Bates (Thunder), Darcie Brown (Strikers).

Coach: Ashley Noffke (Heat)