Club Cricket Top Performers In June - Midlands
With each team having played nine matches, Barnt Green lead the way in the Birmingham and District Premier League with 136 points. Knowle and Dorridge and Himley, both unbeaten in June, trail close behind with 128 and 126 points respectively, while West Bromwich Dartmouth take fourth position after winning both of their last two matches and have 119 points.
Kidderminster Victoria have drawn three matches this month; including a particularly dominant one against Moseley on 4th June, which featured centuries from Worcestershire pair Matthew Pardoe and Neil Pinner; and sit in seventh position. Wolverhampton and Smethwick continue to occupy the relegation zone with just one win between them this month, with Smethwick hitting a particularly low point when they were bowled out for just 58 against sixth place Walsall last weekend.
Warwickshire batsman Ateeq Javid (West Bromwich Dartmouth) is the league’s leading run-scorer with 417 runs, despite not having scored a century; with Barnt Green’s Dougie Brown in second position with 387 runs. Craig Wood (Kidderminster Victoria) made an unbeaten 107 against Leamington and moves up to third with Wasim Jaffer fourth. Laurie Evans is the only batsman who has scored two centuries so far this season, including one against Kidderminster Victoria on 4th June, but also has two ducks to his name. Moeen Ali (Wolverhampton) and Mohammad Sheikh (Smethwick) are this month’s other centurions.
Ricardo Gordon leads the way for the bowlers with 22 wickets at an average of 14 for Moseley, with Daniel Smith (Himley) and Jason Young (Leamington) tied in second on 17 wickets apiece. Walsall’s Christiaan Jonker took five for 29 in their thrashing of Smethwick last weekend and has 13 wickets, while Shrewsbury’s Joe Leach took five for 46 against Walsall as the two sides drew on 18th June and sits in eighth place with 15 scalps. Kadeer Ali (five for 60 in West Bromwich Dartmouth’s loss to Smethwick); Neil Pinner (six for 48 for Kidderminster Victoria against Leamington); Andrew Sutton (five for 41 for Barnt Green against Himley) and MF Khalid (five for 26 in Leamington’s win over Wellington) are the other bowlers to have taken five wicket hauls this month.
First and second placed Ockbrook and Borrowash and Sandiacre Town are turning the Derbyshire Premier League into a two-horse race at the top of the table with 195 and 193 points respectively. Spondon are 23 points adrift in third place with the other teams even further behind.
It looks like a three team battle at the other end of the table, with Rolls Royce, Alfreton and Ilkeston Rutland occupying the last three places, some way behind the midfield pack following a dismal month during which only Alfreton managed to win a game.
Derbyshire’s Paul Borrington (Ticknall) is the league’s leading batsman with 797 runs at an average of almost 133, including twin centuries this month against Chesterfield. Other twin centurions this month include sixth placed Jamie Benstead (Dunstall); second David Smit (Ilkeston Rutland), who made 191 in his team’s defeat to Lullington Park; and former Derbyshire wicket-keeper Jamie Pipe (Chesterfield), whose tons have both come against Ticknall. Other former county players Hassan Adnan (Alvaston and Boulton), Nathan Dumelow and Matt Dowman also feature in the top ten run-scorers following a good month for their clubs.
John Jordison, Michael Deane (Chesterfield) and Scott Chilman (Dunstall) are all joint leading wicket-takers with 26 scalps apiece. Deane (six for 84) and Chilman (five for 73) both have five wicket hauls in June, with Jordison consistently taking wickets in every game. Lullington’s Paul Dawson has the month’s outstanding set of figures with eight for 53 against Ilkeston and Rutland.
Unbeaten Loughborough Town and Market Harborough are runaway leaders atop the Everards Leicestershire Premier Cricket League with 211 and 198 points respectively. Third placed Sileby Town are some way adrift with 179 in a league that is looking like a two-way shoot-out for the title. At the foot of the table Barkby United and Leicester Ivanhoe have less than 100 points, with 13 losses between them.
Joel Garrett is the league’s leading batsman so far this season with 489 runs at an average of 54.33 including two centuries, while Anish Patel occupies second position with 432 runs. Market Harborough’s Robert Taylor is third following his century against Stoughton and Thurnby and is this month’s sole centurion.
Three men have five wicket hauls this month with Harveer Gandham’s being the cheapest; his five for 18 helping Market Harborough to thrash Kibworth. Tom Driver is the league’s leading wicket-taker, however, with 24 wickets at an average of 14.67, with Karl Smith and Daniel Broughton tied in second with 20 apiece. Matt Ellis (Sileby Town) and Chris Weir (Market Harborough) are the other bowlers to have taken five-fers this month and occupy 12th and 16th positions in the wickets list.
Bracebridge Heath are once again the team to beat in the Readers Lincolnshire Cricket Board Premier League and have seven wins from the 10 matches so far to put them on 171 points. Boston are their nearest challengers on 141 points with Market Deeping a point behind them in third place. Winless Nettleham are at the foot of the table with just 61 points and are 20 points behind 11th placed Woodhall Spa.
Bourne’s Conrad Louth is the season’s leading run-scorer with 470 runs, despite not having made a century, closely followed by Warren Nel (Hartsholme) on 467. Another Louth batsman, Nuwan Shiroman, is third with 463, while Paul Cook is fourth following his 134 in Bracebridge Heath’s thrashing of Market Deeping. Other centurions this month include his teammate Nick John, Ricky Lovelace (Woodhall Spa) and Christopher Jones (Market Deeping).
Grimsby Town’s George Linde is the standout bowler so far this season with 36 wickets at an average of less than 13, a total that includes his five for 52 in his team’s victory over Bourne, with Bourne’s Fahad Masood in second place with 29 wickets. Steve Bradford (Sleaford) is the only man to have two five wicket hauls to his name this month following hauls of five for 23 and five 31 against Nettleham and Grimsby Town. Stewart West has the month’s outstanding set of figures, with his eight for 44 for Louth against Skegness far outstripping Tom Andrews’ six for 69 for Market Deeping against Hartsholme.
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