KSL TEAM OF THE SEASON: Danni Wyatt and Freya Davies the obvious choices but who else makes the cut?

The Cricketer picks out the top performers from the final year of the premier women's T20 tournament in England after Western Storm's victory on Finals Day

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Rachel Priest (Western Storm): Just pipping fellow wicketkeeper Amy Jones to the position in the side, the 34-year-old New Zealand international provided the perfect platform more often than not for Western Storm.

No longer relying solely on the brilliance of Smriti Mandhana, Western Storm saw Priest deliver power hitting masterclasses throughout the tournament, most notably in their 77-run win over Surrey Stars in Guildford when she blazed 89 in just 55 balls.

Her technical astuteness behind the stumps also see her named as one of the more wellrounded players in the competition.

Danni Wyatt (Southern Vipers): After an indifferent spell with the bat with England in The Ashes, this is exactly the tournament Danni Wyatt required.

The 28-year-old was the tournament's highest scorer with 466 runs at an average of 42.36 with four fifties and a brilliant 110 against Surrey Stars, a score only bettered by Jemimah Rodrigues in the competition.

Consistency as yet has not arrived on the international scene, but Danni Wyatt could do little more in pressing for that final goal.

Heather Knight (Western Storm): A successful KSL captain once again after Western Storm's 2017 success, this tournament win will be all the sweeter for Heather Knight after England's Ashes nightmare.

But there was more than captaincy to the 28-year-old's KSL. Only Jemimah Rodrigues and Danni Wyatt scored more than Knight's 392 tournament runs, while her five wickets were also crucial to keeping up their near-perfect group stage.

It was an England summer to forget for Knight, but the KSL will give her a much-needed boost.

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Heather Knight was a victorious KSL captain for the second time on Sunday

Jemimah Rodrigues (Yorkshire Diamonds): India's T20 vice-captain Smriti Mandhana was the top scorer last year, but this year she was outdone by a new Indian superstar, compatriot Jemimah Rodrigues.

The 18-year-old enjoyed a stellar World T20 but the development in her game in such a short space of time saw her top not only the KSL's scorer charts but also the highest score of the tournament.

The latest talent from the conveyor belt in India, Rodrigues' has confirmed herself as one of the most exciting talents on the planet.

Fran Wilson (Western Storm): Known this summer more for her stunning catch against West Indies for England and the ludicrous decision to give her out in the Ashes opener, Wilson was part of the core batting group that saw Western Storm go all the way.

Declaring the squad as the strongest in the four years of the competition, Wilson certainly played her part in that with 298 runs at an average of 49.66 and a top score of 54.

Her efforts nearly saw Western Storm remain undefeated in the group stages, but that mattered little as her side claimed eventual victory.

Dane van Niekerk (Surrey Stars): The 26-year-old South African's efforts in the competition frankly deserved to see her in a side that finished in the top four in what was a disappointing campaign for former holders Surrey Stars.

The Cricket South Africa Cricketer of the Year finished with 12 wickets in the tournament from just eight games, the only player in the top 10 of top wicket takers to have played fewer than 10 games in the competition.

Best figures of 3-20 saw Surrey Stars record one of their three wins in the tournament and was the rare shining light for what was a tournament to forget for Surrey Stars.

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Van Niekerk starred in what was a disappointing campaign for the defending champions

Amanda Wellington (Southern Vipers): Just 22 years old but already performing to an extremely high and consistent level, the Australian took 15 wickets in the tournament, the second highest, and added some handy runs in the middle order as Southern Vipers reached the final.

While Tammy Beaumont praised Wellington for her batting efforts after the Western Storm match, but it was with the ball that the spinner made the most impact, claiming figures of 3-22.

Her development over the next few years will be a fascinating watch.

Natasha Farrant (Southern Vipers): An excellent bowler with the new ball in the opening few overs, Tash Farrant, much like her Vipers teammate Wellington, enjoyed a stellar campaign.

An incredibly impressive strike rate of 14.4, the best by any bowler of the tournament, went alongside 14 wickets, including a 3-18 against Lancashire Thunder.

There is no doubt that the 23-year-old will have more to give when The Hundred gets going next year.

 

Anya Shrubsole (Western Storm): The ever-reliable 27-year-old put a disappointing Ashes campaign behind her to play another pivotal role in a Western Storm title.

Beaten only by Farrant in terms of strike rate, this was consistency at its finest, and 13 wickets from 10 games certainly signifies that. 

Someone Heather Knight knows she can rely on, it was another great and victorious campaign for 2017 World Cup winner Shrubsole.

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Only Freya Davies managed more wickets in the KSL than Amanda Wellington

Freya Davies (Western Storm): After impressing senior management for an England contract earlier this year, it was another KSL to remember for the 23-year-old.

Tall and athletic, the Exeter University graduate has excelled on the domestic circuit and will surely add to her England appearances over the next few years after taking the most wickets in the KSL with 19 scalps.

She may have gone for a few runs in the final, but no one enjoyed a more fruitful campaign than her.

Kirstie Gordon (Loughborough Lightning): The real breakout player from last year's tournament when she was the leading wicket taker, Kirstie Gordon didn't manage to reach the heights of 2018 but still demonstrated why she has made England appearances over the last 12 months.

An excellent economy, a joint-lowest with Lightning teammate Sarah Glenn, demonstrated that she exercised control to the fullest as her side reached Finals Day, but there will also be lessons to learn after last year's tournament.

Sophei Ecclestone is proving to be a stern competitior who is difficult to dislodge in the England side, but Gordon is certainly one to keep an eye on when The Hundred swings around next year.

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