Northern Superchargers: The Hundred 2022 – female team guide

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ELIZABETH BOTCHERBY examines Superchargers team’s strengths and weaknesses ahead of new campaign

Coach: Dani Hazel

2017 World Cup winner and former England international Dani Hazell takes charge of the Northern Superchargers for a second season. Hazell is also the head coach of Northern Diamonds, leading his side to three of four possible national finals. Last season, his Superchargers side finished sixth, winning three games and losing four.

Captain: Hollie Armitage

Overseas Stars

Alyssa Healy: After pulling out of the 2021 tournament, Alyssa Healy is back and ready to bow out to the Northern Superchargers. The Australian, a multiple World Cup and Ashes winner, is a lightning-fast wicketkeeper and powerful opening hitter, scoring over 6,000 T20 runs at a strike rate of around 130. In the Women’s Big Bash, she was one of seven players to score over 2,000 runs.

Jemima Rodrigues: India international Jemimah Rodrigues has lit up The Hundred in 2021, scoring 249 runs, including three halfs, at a 150.90 strike rate and with a tournament-leading 42 limits. A top-notch batsman, her partnership with Healy could be one of the highlights of the 2022 tournament. She doesn’t bowl but is an athletic and agile player from deep.

Heather Graham: The second Australian on the Northern Superchargers books. Versatile Heather Graham may find limited opportunities given the caliber of the other three overseas recruits, but she’s a practical player to call on. With the bat, she scored over 1,800 T20 runs; with her average right-arm pace, she caught 112 wickets and recorded a career saving of 6.90. Representing Trent Rockets in 2021, Graham scored 125 runs at a 132.97 strike rate, had six wickets and conceded 1.14 runs per ball.

Laura Wolvaardt: Like Rodrigues, Laura Wolvaardt was involved in setting up the Superchargers in 2021 and although she didn’t have the same impact, she made an excellent fist to anchor the batting formation, scoring 181 runs (a half -century) at 36.20. . An aesthetically pleasing batsman, the 23-year-old South African international isn’t explosive but thanks to her A-list average of 46.95 is the perfect foil for her more attacking teammates.

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Alyssa Healy is Northern Superchargers’ standout player overseas [Getty Images]

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Jenny Gun: Versatile veteran Jenny Gunn sat out last year’s competition to serve as Dani Hazell’s assistant coach but is back on the pitch for 2022. Multiple World Cup winner and England international with 259 selections, the 36-year-old adds valuable experience to the ranks of Northern Superchargers. and has shown no signs of slowing down on the national stage.

In nine T20 outings for Northern Diamonds she has 13 wickets, an economy of 5.78 and a knack for picking up big wickets, while her composure and A-list average of 37 make her a stabilizing presence further down in order. Usually, if you want to do a job, Gunn is the player to do it.

Katie Levick: It’s a constant surprise that Katie Levick doesn’t have an England cap. The 31-year-old takes wickets for fun – she has 282 in List A and T20 cricket – and is economical to boot, with a career T20 economy of 5.72. In the past two editions of the Charlotte Edwards Cup, she has amassed 25 wickets (5.78 saving) – a haul matched by only Bryony Smith – and collected seven wickets (1.15 points per ball) in The Hundred the last year. The right-arm spinner is also very versatile, looking equally at home in the power play and at the death as it is in the middle overs.

STICK

Power hitters

Healy and Rodrigues have the potential to be a devastating opening pair. The former is among the biggest hitters in the game – only Sophie Devine and Ashleigh Gardner have hit more sixes in the WBBL while two-thirds of her runs in the competition have come from bounds (349 fours, 61 sixes).

Rodrigues hit 41 fours in last year’s tournament while his T20 strike rate of 118.24 makes his explosiveness an injustice. Both players are a little all or nothing with the bat, however.

Northern Diamonds wicketkeeper Bess Heath, an up-and-coming Healy, is also no slouch when it comes to exploding out of the blocks, as demonstrated on his 40-ball 58 against Thunder at Chester about 12 months ago.

Anchor

Wolvaardt. The South African is by no means a slow scorer – her T20I strike rate is around 110 – but prefers placement to bludgeoning. A calm presence to support Healy and Rodrigues and allow players below the order to play expansively. Gunn also possesses a stable head and will likely float in order depending on the situation.

Finisher

Depending on where it is used in the order, Heath is a candidate here. Perhaps a more left-leaning suggestion is Beth Langston. Although not rated as an all-around player, Langston has pulled Northern Diamonds out of a block on several occasions. In last year’s Rachael Heyhoe Flint Trophy, remember she scored 141 points at a 130.55 strike rate — pinch potential?

Problem areas

The Northern Superchargers bat deep and are blessed with a host of experienced names from the national circuit, including Hollie Armitage, Alice Davidson-Richards and Linsey Smith – players who can all handle the bat – so a long tail n is not a problem. However, beyond the first four, their explosiveness decreases.

Hopefully playing Wolvaardt as an anchor will encourage the middle order to speak out otherwise the Superchargers might struggle to blast their opponents. The departure of Lauren Winfield-Hill (Oval Invincibles) does not help either.

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Jemimah Rodrigues is a classy number with the bat and dynamics on the pitch [Getty Images]

BOWLING

Quick Merchants

Langston was limited to just two games in The Hundred last season, but he is a proven white ball player, collecting 53 wickets and giving up 6.25 runs per over in 91 T20s. She has 31 wickets in all appearances for 21 outings for Northern Diamonds.

Fellow right-hand men Davidson-Richards and Gunn are experienced chiefs, with the former taking seven wickets for the Superchargers last year, while Warwickshire’s Liz Russell and Australia international Graham are both economical.

Beth Harmer, Lucy Higham and Rachel Slater are additional, but inexperienced options.

Variation

It’s a very heavy right-arm attack, with Slater (who’s unlikely to peek into it) and Linsey Smith the only southpaws. However, their spin department – ​​of which Smith is a crucial cog – is exciting.

In Smith, Levick and youngster Kalea Moore – who took four wickets and conceded 1.16 runs per ball – they feature a left arm orthodox, a right arm leggie and an arm off break bowler right, which gives them an abundance of variety. Levick, as mentioned, is economical and a nuisance all round while Smith’s impressive domestic form won her a gig in the WBBL last season – in the Women’s Hundred alone she collected nine wickets and posted a saving of 0.92.

For an idea of ​​the havoc Levick and Smith can inflict, against Thunder at Sale the Northern Diamonds duo collected six wickets in the final 2.1 overs to spark a 136-for-1 147-for-7 collapse.

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Smith exudes economy and control and can be counted on to hit her mark time and time again.

Ten balls above the candidate

This one is for experienced bowlers and you would back Levick, Smith or Langston to deliver a productive 10-ball spell. If she’s on a roll with the ball, Gunn could be a game-changer with a 10-ball set.

Problem areas

Once again, the Northern Superchargers have invested heavily in their batting team and while there is no shortage of pace options – Langston and Gunn, in particular, are quality operators – there is a sharp drop in pace. experience and star quality compared to spin attack. .

Their inability to recruit an additional bowling all-rounder to play alongside Davidson-Richards in the middle order – in a dream world, Nat Sciver – is an obvious hole, they don’t have an express pacer, and he Graham is unlikely to replace one. of Healy, Rodrigues or Wolvaardt in the XI, they will probably depend heavily on rotation.

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Laura Wolvaardt has one of the best cover records in world cricket [Getty Images]

FIELD

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Rodrigues is an asset in the outfield thanks to his energy, athleticism and speed. Armitage also has a safe pair of hands.

Who takes the gloves?

With 136 catches and 141 sumppings in his T20 career, it will almost certainly be Healy. However, if she feels like sharing some of the responsibilities around the team, young Northern Diamonds wicketkeeper Heath, herself an aggressive white-ball batsman, is waiting in the wings.

Ground: Headingly. In the men’s game, it’s traditionally a high-scoring ground, with the average score in the first set hovering around 190 runs. In last year’s Women’s Hundred, the fourth-highest tally in the competition – 147 for 4 (Birmingham Phoenix) – came on the floor while there were three other totals of 130 or more. Fifty-six percent of wickets were taken by spinners while setters collected about 39 percent.

Layouts: Aug 11 – Oval Invincibles (a, 4 p.m.), Aug 14 – London Spirit (a, 12 p.m.), Aug 19 – Birmingham Phoenix (a, 4:30 p.m.), Aug 21 – Northern Superchargers (a, 4:30 p.m.), Aug 26 – Welsh Fire ( a, 4:30 p.m.), Aug. 31 – Southern Brave (h, 12:30 p.m.)

Crew: Hollie Armitage, Alice Davidson-Richards, Alyssa Healy, Bess Heath, Beth Langston, Katie Levick, Kalea Moore, Jemimah Rodrigues, Liz Russell, Linsey Smith, Laura Wolvaardt, Jenny Gunn, Lucy Higham, Heather Graham, Bethany Harmer, Rachel Slater

Eleventh possible: Alyssa Healy, Jemimah Rodrigues, Laura Wolvaardt, Bess Heath, Hollie Armitage, Alice Davidson-Richards, Jenny Gunn, Beth Langston, Linsey Smith, Kalea Moore, Katie Levick



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