We've looked back on a Dream11 Super Smash season full of outstanding performances and picked our women's team of the tournament. Which players would make your 11?
1) Sophie Devine (Wellington Blaze)
The star all-rounder carried on her outstanding form with several brilliant knocks to power the Wellington Blaze batting order. Her 112 against the Northern Spirit took just 54 balls and was the highest score of the competition. She hit the most sixes of any player in the women’s or men’s competition (25) and had the highest strike rate too (185). In the Grand Final Devine produced a destructive half-century off just 22 balls that all but secured an unbeaten season and a Twenty20 three-peat.
2) Suzie Bates (Otago Sparks)
Suzie Bates showed her class straight away, scoring the first century of the season on the opening weekend in Christchurch. She finished second on the top run-scorers table with 441. Her strike rate of 134 at the top of the order got the Otago Sparks off to strong starts in the powerplay on numerous occasions, particularly in the first half of the competition.
3) Katie Perkins (Auckland HEARTS)
A consistent performer throughout the season, Perkins finished with the most runs in the competition. Her 485-run haul came at a good clip and included five half-centuries. The Auckland HEARTS batting lineup was able to build around the valuable foundation that Perkins provided at first drop.
4) Katie Gurrey (Northern Spirit)
Gurrey came into the Dream11 Super Smash in great form on the back of some big runs in the Hallyburton Johnstone Shield and she continued that form in the early rounds of the Twenty20 season. In the first three matches the Northern Spirit played, Gurrey amassed 267 runs, including a rapid unbeaten 106 and led her team to two good wins on opening weekend. Gurrey finished with 416 runs, third-most in the competition.
5) Anna Peterson (Auckland HEARTS)
The HEARTS skipper led from the front with both bat and ball to guide her side all the way to the decider. Peterson took 15 wickets and scored 259 runs to showcase her all-round ability. Her most important knock came in the Elimination Final where she hit an unbeaten 57 to guide the HEARTS past the Otago Sparks and into the Grand Final.
6) Rachel Priest (Wellington Blaze)
One half of a formidable opening pair with Rebecca Burns, Priest had a solid season with the bat, scoring 319 runs at a good clip with a high-score of 76. And with a bowling attack as strong as the Blaze’s, it’s no surprise that Priest was in action frequently behind the stumps, with catches and sharp stumpings on frequent display.
7) Amanda-Jade Wellington (Otago Sparks)
Arriving midway through the competition, Adelaide Strikers leg-spinner Amanda-Jade Wellington made an immediate impact. Contributing with 8 wickets and fast runs in the middle order, Wellington was one of the key drivers for the Otago Sparks as they shrugged off a slow start to the season to win five matches in a row on their way to a spot in the Elimination Final.
8) Melie Kerr (Wellington Blaze)
Batting frequently at number five and as high as three during the season, Kerr had plenty of chances to make an impact with the willow. She put together several important cameos including a match-winning 47* against the Canterbury MAGICIANS in the opening weekend to steer her side out of trouble. As dangerous as ever with ball in hand, Kerr tallied 18 wickets at an economy rate well under six an over. Kerr’s deceptive wrong’un proved the downfall of many opposing batters.
9) Leigh Kasperek (Wellington Blaze)
There were no easy runs for the opposition with the experienced Kasperek controlling the middle overs for her side. Kasperek took 15 wickets and had an economy rate of just 5.53 to sit fourth on the leaderboard in both those statistics. Batting in the middle order, Kasperek contributed some handy runs too.
10) Jess Kerr (Wellington Blaze)
The season statistics for Jess Kerr make impressive reading - 20 wickets and an economy rate just above five runs an over. The reward for her remarkable season as the spearhead of a star-studded Blaze bowling unit and the top wicket-taker in the competition was a maiden call-up into the WHITE FERNS squad.
11) Deanna Doughty (Wellington Blaze)
Leg-spinner Deanna Doughty finished with 17 wickets, behind only the Kerr sisters for season total. Doughty snared three wickets in an over which proved to be crucial in the Blaze’s most narrow win of the season - against the Canterbury MAGICIANS at Hagley Oval on the first weekend of the competition.