We take a look at the latest Cricket World Club Most Valuable Player Ratings as the club cricket season begins its final full month.
Chris Cooke (Usk) and Rory Burns (Banstead) are the top two in the batting ratings in spite, or perhaps because, of not having played of late. They both have a little less than 60 points, with St Just batsman Dave Roberts on 58 points in third after scoring an unbeaten 171 last month. Northamptonshire and Stony Stratford batsman Rob Keogh is next, with Robert Taylor making his maiden appearance inside the top ten this season thanks to his 68 not out for Market Harborough at the weekend.
The next four places are also occupied by county-contracted players meaning that they too are making increasingly rare appearances for their clubs. Adam London (Middlesex and Sunbury), Kirk Wernars (Sussex and Hastings & St Leonards Priory) and Michael Richardson (Durham and Newcastle) have all not featured in club cricket for some time, while Sussex batsman Luke Wells scored only four for Eastbourne last weekend meaning that he drops down to ninth.
The final position inside the top ten belongs to former Nottinghamshire and current Unicorns and Mansfield Hosiery Mills wicket-keeper Tom New, who jumps up eight places after scoring 101 on Saturday.
The bowling ratings are less dominated by county cricketers, with Glen Read maintain his top spot after not playing for Brondesbury, and Craig Barker (Longton) taking Dan Pascoe’s (Potter’s Bar) second place after taking five wickets. Pascoe took just one wicket and moves outside the top ten. Sri Lankan all-rounder Dinuka Hettiarachchi moves up to third after taking six for 33 for St Annes, while Greg Willott (Leek) and Paul McMahon occupy fourth and fifth positions – the latter after taking five for 12 for Peterborough Town.
Former Peshawar all-rounder Aftab Alam Khan is sixth after strong recent performances for Burnham, while Luke Ryan strengthens his position inside the top ten after taking five wickets for Banbury. He is trailed by a point by Sussex seamer Lewis Hatchett who returned to club cricket in spectacular fashion by taking nine for 17 to move up 32 places. Carl Simon (Preston Nomads) and Asad Ali (Wood Lane) also took five-wicket hauls last weekend and complete the top ten.
Former Sri Lankan international Indika de Saram is top of the overall ratings, closely trailed by Brondesbury bowler Glen Read. Rob Keogh is third. The next two places are occupied by the overseas pair of Kiwi leg-spinning all-rounder Todd Astle – who took three wickets on Saturday for Buckhurst Hill – and Aftab Alam Khan. Preston’s Lukman Vahaluwala hit 45 and took five for 47 last weekend and moves back inside the top ten into sixth, while Darwen’s Shaun de Kock is seventh. Kirk Wernars, Greg Willott and former Pakistan batsman Umar Amin (Morecambe) round out the top ten.
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