Club Cricket Top Performers In July - Midlands
After another month of action in club cricket around the country, we take a look at the top individual and team performances in the 25 ECB Premier Leagues.
Barnt Green continue to lead the way in the Birmingham & District Premier League following wins this month against Smethwick, Shrewsbury, Kidderminster Victoria and Leamington; while Himley have leapfrogged Knowle and Dorridge into second place with three wins from their five matches as opposed to Dorridge’s one. Smethwick and Wolverhampton remain rooted to the foot of the table, with Smethwick having lost all five of their matches in July. Wolverhampton have beaten fifth placed West Bromwich Dartmouth and eighth placed Leamington this month.
Himley’s overseas professional Wasim Jaffer is the league’s leading run-scorer so far in 2011 with 631 runs at an average of 63.10, while Jeet Raval (West Bromwich Dartmouth) and Christiaan Jonker (Walsall) occupy second and third positions. Last month’s leading scorer, Ateeq Javid had a disappointing month hitting only 34 runs from four innings and has now dropped down to tenth place in the standings. Kadeer Ali made two centuries for West Bromwich Dartmouth this month and now sits in ninth place on the run charts.
Johannes Bothma is the new leading wicket-taker in the league for 2011 with 30 wickets at an average of 20.9 for Wolverhampton, including a haul of five for 44 in their win over Leamington. Last month’s leader Ricardo Gordon (Moseley) drops down to third with 26 scalps, while Daniel Smith holds onto second. Six other bowlers have taken five wicket-hauls in July with Imran Khan (West Bromwich Dartmouth) having the best set of figures with six for 43.
Ockbrook and Borrowash have increased their lead over Sandiacre Town atop the Derbyshire Premier League to 23 points with both teams having won four of their matches this month. Town’s only blemish is last weekend’s surprise defeat to Quarndon, while Ockbrook and Borrowash could only draw a rain-affected match against fourth-placed Spondon. A Paul Borrington-inspired Ticknall lie in third position. Alfreton and Ilkeston Rutland are still firmly ensconced in the relegation zone as neither team managed to record a win in July.
Paul Borrington is way ahead in the run-charts with a total of 1206 runs at an average of 109.64 so far this year. He now has seven centuries in the league this season, including three in July alone, and is some way ahead of his nearest rival, Hassan Adnan, who has 790. Ilkeston Rutland’s David Smith is third with 694. Besides Adnan and Borrington, other centurions this month include Luke Harvey (152 not out in Ticknall’s thrashing of Ilkeston); Mohammad Waseem (129 not out for Rolls Royce Leisure in their defeat to Chesterfield); and Mat Dowman (105 in Quarndon’s defeat at Ticknall).
Sandiacre Town’s John Jordison continues to lead the way as the league’s leading wicket-taker with 38 wickets at an average of 8.08, including a haul of five for nine in a low-scoring match at Dunstall. He has taken 12 in total this month, while previous leader Michael Deane (Chesterfield) could manage only six and drops down to fourth. Ockbrook and Borrowash captain Kevin Dean moves up to second place and has 35 wickets at 10.89 including a haul of seven for 10 at Alfreton.
Market Harborough have leapfrogged Loughborough Town for the lead in the Leicestershire Premier League and now have 292 points compared to the latter’s 289 thanks to an unbeaten run this month where they have won four of their five games including one over Town. Sileby Town remain in third position, with Leicester Ivanhoe and Barkby United remaining at the foot of the table.
Robert Taylor has jumped up to the top of the league’s run charts after a stellar month in which he scored almost 300 runs for Market Harborough. Previous incumbent Joel Garrett drops down to second, while Anish Patel drops down to third. Rahul Avatar is one of a multitude of century makes this month and has July’s highest score courtesy of his 134 for Barrow Town.
Tom Driver (Kibworth), Rajiv Purohit (Leicester Ivanhoe) and Harveer Gandham (Market Harborough) are the only bowlers to have taken five-fers this month; Driver’s putting him top of the wicket-takers list for 2011 with 35 victims at an average of 13.51. Karl Smith holds onto second place with 31 wickets, while Jordan King moves up to third.
Bracebridge Heath and Boston continue to be the top two teams in Lincolnshire Premier League with both sides having lost only one of their five matches this month. Bourne have leapt up to third place after an unbeaten run during July during which they have four wins from five games. Nettleham remain the league’s whipping boys having lost all of their completed matches this month.
Hartsholme’s Warren Nel takes over the mantle of the league’s leading run-scorer from Conrad Louth (Bourne) who has dropped down to fifth and now has 788 runs at an average of almost 72 including a century last weekend against 11th placed Woodhall Spa. Former Nottinghamshire batsman Vikram Atri (Bracebridge Heath) is second with 610 runs in 2011. Oliver Burford (Sleaford), Paul Butler (Skegness) and John McDougall (Market Deeping) are among the month’s other century makers.
Bourne’s Fahad Masood has displaced Grimsby Town’s George Linde as the leading wicket-taker in 2011 following a month during which he took 19 wickets including two five wicket-hauls. He now has 48 at an average of 14 compared to Linde’s 47 at 12. Other bowlers to have impressed this month are Skegness’ Antono Santini (five for 12 against Nettleham) and Woodhall Spa’s Daniel Milgate (Five for 92 against Bourne).
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