With the rain-affected wickets up and down the country, it was the bowlers who took full advantage of conditions this week and battled to climb up the table.
Although Dinuka Hettiarachchi dropped points for the second consecutive week, his lead looks unassailable as he stays on top with 78.6 points.
Despite neither man playing, Rotherham Town’s Ben Sanderson and Barnsley’s Azeem Rafiq both move up into second and third place respectively due to Robert Woolley dropping four crucial points to leave him on 55.8 in fourth place, just one place above Monty Panesar.
In a similar situation to Sanderson and Rafiq, Panesar was not in action for Bexhill but moves up to fifth place due to Fahad Masood dropping two points to leave him treading water in sixth place.
Burslem’s Samiullah Khan enters the top ten, settling in at ninth place, thanks to a terrific five-wicket haul in a losing effort. Khan finished with figures of five for 30 from ten overs. This superb effort means that he leaps past former Pakistan off-spinner Saqlain Mushtaq who moves down to tenth place.
On the batting front, there has been no movement in the top seven places, as Steven Croft still leads the way, with Brad Rasool and Chris Wood following closely behind.
Pakistan international Fawad Alam, this week named in his side’s ODI & T20 squad for the matches against England, moves up into eighth place as Stephen Snell tumbles down to thirty second in the table after making only four this week.
Performances of the Week
Will Evans hit a double century this week in an outstanding effort that saw his side Mochdre thrash Chirck. The brilliant innings included 23 fours and six sixes as he helped his side to a massive 380 for two from just 48 overs. Chirck could only manage 268 in reply.
: Didsbury’s opening bowler, Nick Anderson claimed the best figures this week in his side’s victory against Bowdon. Anderson finished with astonishing figures of eight for 20 in 13 overs. Didsbury only posted 123 runs so it was always going to take something special from their bowlers to defend the low total.
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Grant Flower, the former Zimbabwean international and current Essex batsman struck 170 not out this week from just 164 balls. The ex-international batsman put on a master class, hitting 17 fours and four sixes to leave him with the second highest score in the country within the ECB Premier leagues, second only to Evans.
Lou Vincent has again made it into the top performances, this time with the bat. He smashed 160 runs, including 12 fours and 11 huge sixes to help Nantwich to 306. This was a score that proved too much for Hyde who could only manage 141 in response.
The are calculated by collating the scores of all ECB Premier League matches. Every run, wicket and catch earns a player points, which are then divided by each match played. A player must play three matches to become eligible for an MVP rating.
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