Curtains were drawn on a successful second edition of the Women's Caribbean Premier League on Sunday evening at the Brian Lara Cricket Academy with last season's runners-up, the Barbados Royals, being crowned champions. The improvement in the quality of the overseas players involved in this season's competition resulted in an improvement in the overall quality of cricket displayed, with four of the seven games being decided in the 20th over.
The tournament run rate also crept up from 6.8 RPO to 7.7 RPO, which led to a jump in the average first innings total up to 153 (min. 19 overs batted) from last season's 104. And where the highest score in the 2022 season was 114, teams scored in excess of 160 on four separate occasions this time around.
From a West Indian perspective, it was no surprise to see Hayley Matthews at the top ends of both the batting and bowling tables. Matthews' 191 runs were good enough for second best among batters while her 7 wickets placed her joint-third on the bowling charts.
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