Club Cricket Top Performers In July - South West, Wales
Truro top the Cornwall Cricket League after a month in which they won four of their five matches and drew the other. Callington and Paul drop down to second and third positions, albeit not too far behind. Newquay have lost all but one of their games this month and continue to occupy the sole relegation place.
Taylor Williams (St Austell) is the league’s leading run-scorer in 2011 despite not having made a century, with two of July’s centurions Alex Smeeth (Werrington) and Gary Thomas (St Just) in second and third. St Just’s David Roberts is the only other man with a century to his name; against Troon.
Tom Sharp (Truro) and Kyle van Rooyen (Werrington) are the leading wicket-takers to date with 29 and 26 wickets apiece. Van Rooyen is one of nine bowlers to have taken five-fers this month. Among the others are Justin Stephens (six for 41 for Paul against Grampound Road); Chris Hunkin (five for 51 for Grampound Road against Callington); and Alex Taylor (five for 27 for Truro against Troon)
North Devon continue to lead the way in the Devon Premier League with three wins out of five in July. Budleigh Salterton have closed the gap however after winning all of their games and sit just 25 points behind. Sidmouth are third on 188. Paignton are easily at the foot of the table having not won a game all season, while Bradninch, Heathcoat and Plympton appear to be in a three-way scrap to avoid being relegated with them.
David Lye (Exmouth) is the league’s leading batsman with 682 runs at an average of 56.83 with seven half-centuries, with Douglas Hewitt (Plymouth) his nearest rival on 490. Gary Chappell (Bradninch), Chris Mole (Budleigh Salterton) and Bradley Cachopa (Bradninch) are the only century makers this month.
The bowlers, led by Plympton’s Ali Imran Pasha with 44 wickets, have fared much better with eight of them taking five-wicket hauls in July alone. Pasha has two; five for 32 against Bradninch and five for 50 against Bovey Tracey, while Miles Dalton has the best figures following his five for 17 in Sidmouth’s draw against Heathcoat. Glen Querl (North Devon) is second on the wickets chart with 11 wickets from his last five matches.
Menai Bridge and Llandudno remain the teams to beat in the North Wales Cricket League with just five points separating them at the top of the table. Connah’s Quay are 19 points further back having won three of their last five games. Pwllheli and St Asaph hold onto their places at the foot of the table, although they are by no means certain to be still there at the end of the season.
Llandudno’s Steve Smith continues his excellent 2011 season and retains his place as the league’s leading run-scorer. He has 896 runs overall at an average of 81.45 and 260 in July alone. Martin Burger, following his unbeaten 159 for Connah’s Quay against Mochdre, moves up to second, with Nathan Shearer (Menai Bridge) dropping down to third. Other century makers this month include Matthew Fawcett (Hawarden Park) and James Griffiths (Mold).
Pontblyddyn’s Glenn Chambers leads the way as far as the league’s wicket-taking goes with 42 wickets at an average of 10.64 this season; 18 of which have come in the last five weeks and include his five for five against Denbigh. Dutch all-rounder Shane Mott has figures of five for 52 for Bangor against Mochdre and six for 45 against Brymbo to his name and moves up to second place with 39 wickets. The month’s most outstanding figures come from Marcel Frenzel (Pontblyddyn) who took seven for 27 at home to Mochdre.
Cardiff, Bridgend Town and Port Talbot Town retain their places as the top three teams in the South Wales Premier League, with the former enjoying a comfortable lead at the top of the table following wins over Sully Centurions, Pontarddulais and Port Talbot Town. Ynysygerwn and Newport now occupy the two relegation places with only one win each in July.
Newport’s Cameron Herring continues to head the run charts with 574 runs at an average of 63.78 despite having only scored 35 runs in the last five weeks. Kieran Howells (Ynysygerwn) and Ryan Sylvester (Sully Centurions) are close behind on 545 and 537 runs respectively. Nine men have hit centuries in July, including Glamorgan men Stewart Walters (107 for Mumbles against Pontarddulais) and Chris Cooke (135 for Port Talbot Town against Ammanford).
Cardiff’s Alun Thomas retains his place as the league’s leading wicket-taker in 2011 with 26 scalps at an average of 18.35. Lloyd Bruce (Sully Centurion) and Alun Evans (Ammanford) are just behind with 25. Will Owen has hauls of five for 32 and five for 76 for Ammanford this month and is the only bowler to have taken a five-fer in July.
Bath have taken the lead in the West of England Premier League having not lost a game July, while previous leaders Frocester have lost both of their last two matches against Downend and Weston-super-Mare. Bridgwater and Taunton Deane remain in third and fourth positions. Bristol have leapt out of the relegation zone and into sixth place after winning three and drawing two of their game this month and are now locked into a four-way tussle to avoid relegation. Corsham remain comfortably last.
Nick Trainor (Frocester) and Robert Woodman (Taunton Deane) have extended their lead at the top of the run charts and now have 709 and 625 apiece. Their nearest rival is Bridgwater’s Michael Coles who is miles back on 371. Coles, Woodman, Charlie Walker (Bristol) and Somerset’s Alex Barrow (Bath) have all made centuries this month.
Lloyd Alley (Taunton St Andrews) is the leading wicket-taker in the league this season and now has 22 wickets at 22.91. Wayne Kylander (Thornbury) and Anthony Caddy (Frocester) are in second and third positions. Five men have taken five-wicket hauls this month. They are Tom Bowler (five for 23 for Corsham against Taunton Deane); Anthony Caddy (five for 38 against Frocester); Simon Marchant (five for 32 for Bath against Taunton Deane); Michael Parsons (five for 28 for Taunton St Andrews against Downend); and Sam Birch (five for 53 for Downend at home to Bath).
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