Horsford and Swardeston have both broken the 200 point barrier in the East Anglian Premier Cricket League and lead the way, just ahead of third placed Great Witchgingham. Meanwhile, at the other end of the table, Clacton On Sea and Norwich are yet to break into three figures, with just one win between them after ten games played.
Joel Abraham leads the way for the batsmen following his unbeaten 221 in Swardeston’s 10 wicket thrashing of Clacton On Sea, with 625 runs at an average of almost 70. Carl Rogers made 144 for Great Witchingham against the same opposition and takes second place with 597 runs. Gerrie Snyman (Vauxhall Mallards) is the month’s only twin centurion, with hundreds on consecutive weekends against Bury St Edmunds and Burwell that put him in sixth place on the run charts with 400.
New Zealander Ryan McCone is the league’s leading bowler with 32 scalps at an average of 16.25. George Walker is close behind on 30, while fellow Kiwi Jaden Hatwell has 26 wickets to go with his 460 runs and sits third in both tables. Ben Reece (Sudbury) is in eighth position following hauls of six for 70 and six for 25 against Horsford and Cambridge Granta respectively.
Wanstead are at the top of the table in the Shepherd Neame Essex Premier League with 138 points, closely followed by Brentwood in second place on 131. Hainault and Clayhall occupy third place, while Colchester and East Essex and Ilford are the only other teams to have broken the 100 point barrier. Loughton and Chelmsford are firmly entrenched in the relegation zone at the foot of the table; with only one win each form eight games.
Hainault and Clayhall’s Imran Qadir tops the run scoring charts with 438 runs from seven innings and an average of 87.6. Jonathan Walford (Brentwood), R Smith (Ardleigh Green) and Nick Browne (South Woodford) are the other men to have passed 400 league runs. This month’s centurions include Robert Marshall (144 for Woodford Wells against Ardleigh Green) and Bilal Butt (128 not out for Loughton against Chelmsford).
Zain Shahzad took five for 49 in Wanstead’s thrashing of Woodford Wells and is the league’s leading wicket-taker with 20 at an average of 14. Garry Neicho (six for 33 for South Woodford against Ilford); Essex seamer Max Osborne (six for 45 for Brentwood against Loughton) and Butt all have 19 wickets and are in joint second place. Theeban Tavarasa has this month’s only seven wicket haul, coming in Ilford’s loss to South Woodford.
Oxford top the table in the Home Counties Premier League, with only one loss from their eight matches and 142 points. Banbury and High Wycombe are close behind in a league that still has six teams challenging for the title. Radlett and Falkland are not two of them and are firmly ensconced in the relegation zone as we head into the third month of the season.
James Benning (High Wycombe), last month’s winner of the Kingfisher Beer Cricket World Most Valuable Player Award, is the leading batsmen in the league, with 448 runs at an average of almost 90, which includes an unbeaten 158 in the abandonment to Welwyn Garden City. Nithin Sehgal is in second place, also with a century this month, with 384 runs.
Luke Ryan (Banbury), another ever-present at the top of the MVP Ratings, is the league’s runaway leading wicket-taker with 33 wickets at an average of 11. He boasts hauls of five for 83 against Henley and six for 65 against Bishop’s Stortford this month. Usman Arif is second with 23 wickets, which includes figures of six for 69 for Oxford against Radlett. Simon Stanway (Tring Park) and Bjorn Mordt (Henley) are among this month’s other star performers.
Unbeaten Bexley top the Kent Cricket League with 100 points, with second placed Lordswood and third placed Bromley not far behind on 97 and 95 points respectively. Sibton Park and The Mote are comfortably in the relegation zone with only three wins between them from eight games played.
Greg Bain (Bexley) tops the runs chart with 404 runs, with John Bowden (Sevenoaks Vine) and Geoffrey Paulsen (Tunbridge Wells) in second and third, having scored centuries this month against Bickley Park and Bromley. Lorne Burns enjoyed an excellent all-round match for Sevenoaks Vine in their defeat of Lordswood on the 4th June, making an unbeaten 120 and taking six for 43 in their 60 run win.
Barry Hooper (Bickley Park) is the league’s leading wicket-taker with 19 scalps; a haul that includes his five for 51 against Tunbridge Wells; with Bexley’s Min Patel in second place with 18 wickets and a best bowling this month of six for 37 against Blackheath. Other top performers this month include former Kent all-rounder Matthew Dennington, who took five for 42 in Bromley’s draw against Sibton Park, and Andy Allon, who took six for 27 in Sibton Park’s win over The Mote last weekend.
Ealing are the only unbeaten team in Division One of the Middlesex County Cricket League and comfortably top the table with 65 points ahead of second placed Teddington who have 52. Winchmore Hill are a point behind them in what is looking increasingly like a three team title race. Richmond and Brondesbury are at the other end of the table, with Brondesbury having been deducted 12 penalty points to add to their woes to leave them on minus one.
Joshua Knappett (Finchley) continues to be the league’s leading batsman, despite having played fewer games than most of his competitors, with 465 runs at an average of 93, a total that includes a century against Stanmore. Will Prowse is the second most prolific batsmen with five fifties from seven innings, while James Keightley is third. Brondesbury’s Ajay Sangha has this month’s highest score courtesy of his 158 in the draw against Eastcote. Fred Daeche-Marshall has ensured that Finchley have the strongest batting line-up in the league with two centuries this month against Stanmore and Brondesbury.
Sunil Tailor and Chris Peploe (Ealing) are easily the league’s leading wicket-takers with 30 and 26 scalps apiece, despite having only one five-fer between them this month, to show the value of consistently taking wickets in each match. The month’s stand-out figures are from Jivan Lotay, who took seven for 102 for Eastcote in their defeat to Teddington.
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