Historic first for Scotland as Kathryn Bryce breaks into top 10 of ICC Rankings

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Allrounder Kathryn Bryce became the first-ever player from Scotland, male or female, to make it to the top ten of ICC rankings for T20I batters. She gained nine positions to be placed at tenth in the latest update on Tuesday (June 1) after the series between Ireland and Scotland. The previous best for Scotland was Bryce's sister, Sarah, who was ranked 14th among T20I batters in August 2019.

Bryce scored 96 runs, most for Scotland, in the &t=14s&ab_channel=Women%27sCricZoneWomen%27sCricZone">series against Ireland last week, including an unbeaten 45 in the third T20I in Belfast. She picked five wickets in the series, which enabled her to jump 35 places to be placed 31st in the T20I bowling charts. Bryce is ranked third in the T20I rankings for allrounders, only behind New Zealand captain Sophie Devine and English allrounder Natalie Sciver.

The series victory against Scotland also rewarded some of the Irish players with upgrades in their ICC rankings. The leading scorer in the series, Gaby Lewis, who scored 116 runs in four matches, progressed seven places to reach 27th position. Her team-mate Shauna Kavanagh leapt 60 places to reach 103rd position.

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Along with these batting rankings, Ireland’s pace sensation Orla Prendergast has also gained significant ratings to reach 65th place while Ireland skipper Laura Delany moved two up to get to 78th position in the bowling charts.

All was not lost for Scottish internationals as their bowlers Katherine Fraser (up 16 places to 61st), Abtaha Maqsood (up 22 places to 72nd), Katie McGill (up 23 places to 76th) and Priyanaz Chatterji (up three places to 99th) also made significant progress in the rankings.

According to the latest update, Australia remain the number one ranked T20 team, while teenage sensation Shafali Verma holds the top batting rank. 22-year-old English spinner Sophie Ecclestone is the top-ranked bowler in the world.