Club Cricket Top Performers In July - South
Swardeston continue to lead the way in the East Anglian Premier League with four wins from five matches in July. Vauxhall Mallards are also unbeaten this month and move up to second with Horsford enduring a winless month that means they fall down to fifth place. Great Witchingham remain in third. Norwich comfortably occupy the sole relegation place some 23 points behind 11th placed Clacton On Sea.
Great Witchingham’s Carl Rogers is the league’s leading run-scorer to date with his century against Burwell giving him 778 runs at an average of 64.83. Last month’s leader and Kingfisher Beer Cricket World Club Player of the Month Joel Abraham (Swardeston) drops down to second after a disappointing July during which he could manage only 71 runs. There were 11 centuries in the league this month with Kandage Fernando’s 139 for Sudbury being the pick of them.
George Walker has taken 12 wickets in July and is now 2011’s leading wicket-taker with 42 wickets at an average of 11.64. Jaden Hatwell (Swardeston) and Jason Coleman (Cambridge Granta) have also enjoyed good months and both have 36 wickets, Coleman’s tally includes hauls of seven for 38 against Saffron Walden and five for 14 against Norwich.
Wanstead and Brentwood are separated by just two points at the top of the Essex Premier League in what is looking increasingly like a two-horse race for the title with 194 and 192 respectively. Colchester and East Essex hold onto third place, but Hainault and Clayhall have suffered from a disappointing string of results and drop down to sixth after a winless July. Chelmsford and Loughton remain rooted to the foot of the table, albeit just a handful of points from safety.
Imran Qadir (Hainault and Clayhall) and Jonathan Walford (Brentwood) have both hit centuries this week and occupy first and third places on the run charts with 651 and 544 runs in 2011. Other centurions this month include Bilal Butt (132 not out for Loughton against Wanstead); Usman Jan (155 not out for Loughton against Chelmsford); and Gagan Bhogal (111 for Ilford at Ardleigh Green).
As well as his century, Butt leads the way as the league’s leading wicket-taker and has almost doubled his season’s tally in July alone, with 18 wickets from five matches giving him 37 overall. Unsurprisingly he is the most prolific bowler this month and has three five-wicket hauls to his name. Garry Neicho (South Woodford) and Joe Buttleman (Brentwood) have also taken five-fers in July and occupy second and fourth positions respectively.
High Wycombe are the new leaders of the Home Counties Premier League with three wins and a draw to their name from their last five matches to give them 239 points. Previous leaders are without a win in July and drop down to third place with 176 points. Tring Park have leapt up to second with the same results this month as High Wycombe. Radlett and Falkland have won only one match each in July and are in the relegation zone.
James Benning has continued his excellent season for High Wycombe with 190 runs this month giving him a season tally of 638 at an average of 79.75. Peter Handscomb (Tring Park) boasts a century against Radlett on the 23rd July and is second with 591. Louis Champion (Welwyn Garden City) and Matt Eyles (High Wycombe) are among the month’s other centurions.
Luke Ryan (Banbury) continues to top the wickets table despite not playing in July and still has 33 wickets at 11.03 to his name. Keith Dutch is second with 32 with Ben Frazer and Usman Arif both on 28. Daniel Foster (seven for 23 for Radlett against Harpenden) and Euan Brock (seven for 72 for Henley at Bishop’s Stortford) have both taken seven-fers this month.
An unbeaten-in-July Hartley Country Club are the new leaders of a closely-contested Kent Cricket League and have 167 points compared to second and third placed Lordswood and Bromley who have 166 and 159 points respectively. Sibton Park have lost all five of their matches in July and are last with just 84 points. The Mote are four points ahead of them with only one win this month to their credit.
John Bowden has scored over 250 runs in July for Sevenoaks Vine and is the league’s leading run-scorer in 2011 with a total of 664 runs at an average of 60.36 to his credit. Thomas Harvey (The Mote) is his nearest rival with 646 runs. Charle Hemphrey (Hartley Country Club) is this month’s only twin centurion and is third following his innings of 134 at Blackheath and 151 not out at Tunbridge Wells. Sam Billing easily has the month’s highest score with 208 for Hartley Country Club against Lordswood.
Bromley’s Ricaldo Anderson is the league’s leading wicket-taker in 2011 with 28 scalps at an average of 18.64, a tally that includes his five for 21 in his team’s win over Bickley Park. Barry Hooper is second and has figures of five for 39 for Bickley Park against The Mote to his name. The month’s best bowling figures come courtesy of Evert Bekker, who took six for 38 for Tunbridge Wells at Sibton Park.
Ealing, Teddington and Winchmore Hill are the top three teams in the Middlesex County Cricket League with Ealing extending their lead to 23 points following an unbeaten July. Brondesbury and Richmond remain the teams in the relegation zone with Brondesbury just a point from safety.
Will Prowse (Eastcote) is the league’s leading run scorer with 649 runs at an average of 64.9 with Ned Eckersley (Ealing) second on 578 thanks to scores of 131 against Finchley and 110 against Richmond. Last month’s leader Josh Knappett (Finchley) endured a disappointing month, scoring only 43 runs from his five innings and lies third. Other century makers this month include Steve Selwood (109 for Finchley at Hampstead) and Oliver Wilkin (122 for Ealing at Richmond).
Chris Peploe (Ealing) leads the way as 2011’s leading wicket-taker with 15 wickets in July alone, giving him a season haul of 41 at an average of 15. Sunil Tailor (Finchley) is second with 38. Jamie Thorpe has the month’s outstanding set of figures with his nine for 17 in Winchmore Hill’s thrashing of Teddington. Joshua Lalor (Teddington) runs him close with eight for 46 against Finchley.
Havant are comfortable leaders atop the Southern Electric Premier Cricket League and have 225 points from 14 matches. Bournemouth are their nearest challengers with 184. Meanwhile, at the other end of the table, Andover, who are winless from 13 games in 2011, have just 69 points and look certain to be relegated.
David Taylor, Ben Walker, Eddie Abel and Peter Hopson are the four batsmen to have passed 500 league runs in 2011 with Walker’s coming at an average of 63.22. Will Prozesky (Andover), Jacob George (Hampshire Academy) and Robert Gibson (Hampshire Academy) are among this month’s century makers.
Matthew Metcalfe leads the way for the bowlers with 30 wickets at an average of 19.73 to his name for Bournemouth. He has hauls of five for 75 and five for 50 against Andover and Bashley to his credit in July. Jordan Finney is another who has enjoyed a good past month and has figures of five for 68 for St Cross Symondians against Lymington and six for 60 against Andover to his name.
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