Club Cricket Top Performers In June - West England And Wales
Callington are at the top of the table in the closely contested Cornwall Cricket League with 90 points; Paul and St Just art snapping at their heels, tied in second place with 87 points. Truro (79 points), Werrington (78) and St Austell (75) occupy the next three places with the rest of the teams someway behind the leading pack. Newquay are comfortably bottom of the table, some 28 points from safety, having lost all of their games and occupy the sole relegation place.
The only batsman to have passed 300 runs, in a league seemingly dominated by bowlers, is Troon’s Matthew Rowe, who has 317 and boasts this month’s highest score following his 117 against Callington. Kelvin Snell (Paul) and Jake Libby (Callington) are the only other batsmen to have made centuries this month, with Snell also taking five for 29 in his team’s win over Troon.
Nicholas George is the league’s most successful bowler with 19 wickets from St Just’s six matches, including hauls of eight for 20 during his team’s thrashing of Newquay and six for 65 in the draw against Paul. Another man to have taken two five-fers this month is Callington’s Sanjaya Rajapakse, who boasts hauls of six for 72 against Falmouth, and five for 25 against Truro.
The Devon Cricket League continues to be dominated by North Devon, who have 144 points and are yet to be defeated this season. Sidmouth lead the chasing pack with 116 points, while Exmouth, Bovey Tracey, Bradninch and Budleigh Salterton have all passed the 100 point mark. Heathcoat and winless Paignton occupy the two relegation places.
David Lye is the league’s runaway leading run scorer with 442 runs at an average of 55.25 in a league that thus far this year seems to have favoured the bowlers. Craig Overton, with 349 runs, is the only other player to have more than 300 runs, after each team has played eight games.
The bowling has been dominated by Glen Querl (North Devon) and Ali Imran Pascha (Plympton), who have 30 and 28 wickets respectively. Pascha’s seven for 44 in his team’s win over struggling Heathcoat is the month’s leading bowling analysis. Querl has two five wicket hauls to his name this month against Bovey Tracey and Exmouth, with Daniel Childs (Bovey Tracey) and Jamie Overton (North Devon) also taking five-fers in June.
Menai Bridge are comfortable leaders of the North Wales Cricket League Premier Division, unbeaten with seven wins from their ten games, with 205 points. Llandudno and Pontblyddyn occupy second and third positions with 10 wins between them on 187 and 178 points respectively. St Asaph and Pwllheli are both firmly rooted in the relegation zone, with the latter yet to win a game and on only 49 points.
Steve Smith scored a century for Llandudno in their drawn top of the table clash against Menai Bridge and is the league’s leading run-scorer with 636 runs at an average of 106. June’s twin centurion Nathan Shearer (Menai Bridge) is second following scores of 124 not out against Connah’s Quay and 154 against Llandudno and has 620 runs. Other centurions this month are Jordan Kane (Llandudno), Will Evans (Mochdre) and Richard Smith (Connah’s Quay).
Ashley Wood is the season’s leading wicket-taker to date with 27 wickets at an average of 13.48, while Glenn Chambers is second with 24. Iwan Roberts (Bangor) took five for 44 against St Asaph and occupies fourth position. The best set figures this month come courtesy of Gareth Davies, who took six for 37 in Mold’s win over Mochdre.
Cardiff are leaders of the South Wales Premier League with an average points total of 18.71, boasting five wins from nine games in a league that has been heavily affected by the weather. Bridgend Town are second on 17.2, with Port Talbot Town slightly further back on 15.5 in third. Pontarddulais and Ammanford currently sit in the relegation zone with 10.14 and 10 points respectively and are part of a closely fought seven team relegation dogfight.
Recent Gloucestershire graduate Cameron Herring is easily the league’s highest run-scorer, having scored 539 runs for Newport this season. Aneurin Norman (Cardiff), Michael O’Shea (Sully Centurions), Nick James (Swansea) and Craig Maloney (Ammanfoird) are among this month’s century makers.
Cardiff’s Alun Thomas is also a runaway leader at the top of the wicket-takers list with 23 wickets at an average of less than 14, some distance ahead of Mumbles Sarthak Sawlani, who has 14. Thomas is the only man to have taken a five wicket haul this month, having done so twice, against Ammanford and Newport.
Frocester are comfortable leaders atop the West of England Premier Cricket League with their six wins from eight matches giving them 135 points. Bath (with 122), Bridgwater (120) and Taunton Deane (118) lead the chasing pack. Corsham and Bristol are firmly stuck in the relegation zone with ten losses between them, some 14 points from safety.
Nick Trainor is the league’s leading batsman so far with 552 runs at an average of 110.4, a total that includes a century in his side’s victory over Weston-super-Mare. Former Gloucestershire and Somerset man Robert Woodman (Taunton Deane) made 112 not out against Frocester and lies second with 337 runs. Merv Hallaran (Bridgwater), Robin Lett (Bath) and Gary Morgan (Weston-super-Mare) are among the month’s other century makers.
Richard Cave (Frocester) is the league’s leading wicket-taker thus far with 16 scalps at an average of 18.13, with four bowlers tied for second with 14 wickets apiece. Sean Stringer (Weston-super-Mare) is the only bowler to boast a five-fer this month following his six for 40 against Corsham.
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