With the 25 ECB Premier Leagues now having been underway for well over a month, we take a look at the top teams and performers in each league so far.
East Anglian Premier Cricket League
Great Witchingham top the east of England’s premier division by virtue of being unbeaten in their six games so far. Vauxhall Mallards and Horsford lead the chasing pack, trailing by 15 and 18 points respectively. A winless Norwich side are in the sole relegation position, six points behind Halstead.
Carl Rogers is the main reason behind Great Witchingham’s excellent early season form as he is the leading batsman with 351 runs. New Zealander Jaden Hatwell, brother of current Northern Districts player Brook, is second with 316 runs for Swardeston. Matthew Spatcher (Halstead) has the best individual innings after his 161 not out against Clacton On Sea.
Ryan McCone (Great Witchingham) is the leading wicket-taker with 22 wickets, while Jonathan Gallagher, with five for 12 for Sudbury against Halstead, has the best single bowling analysis.
Essex Cricket League Premier Division
Brentwood are runaway winners in the Essex Premier at the moment having won all four of their matches. They have 80 points and are 16 points ahead of Colchester and East Essex and Hainault and Clayhall who are tied for second. Loughton, having lost all four of their matches, are last – a full 19 points behind Chelmsford who are just above them in the table.
Imran Qadir (Hainault and Clayhall), son of the famous Abdul, is the leading run-scorer with 313, including a season record 160 not out against South Woodford. Royston Smith has also passed the 150 mark with his unbeaten 157 in Ardleigh Green’s win over Chelmsford.
Joe Ellis-Grewal has 11 wickets at an average of only 11.81 for Wanstead, with overseas professional for Woodford Wells, Andrew Richardson, having seven wickets to his name. Banutheeban Tavarasa took an astonishing six for 12 in Ilford’s win over Loughton with Ellis-Grewal (five for 32) and Paul Court (five for 48) the other bowlers to have taken five wicket hauls.
Home Counties Premier
Harpenden and Oxford both have 74 points but Harpenden are the current league leaders by virtue of not having lost a game, while Banbury and High Wycombe are snapping at their heals just a couple of points adrift. At the other end of the table Falkland and Bishop’s Stortford are in the relegation zone with neither side having won a match.
The leaders Harpenden also boast the leading run-scorer in Ricky Damiano with 265 runs and Ben Frazer with 260. Craig Haupt (Banbury), Nithin Sehgal (High Wycombe) and former Leicestershire and Surrey batsmen James Benning (High Wycombe) have also passed the 250 run mark. Sehgal’s run tally is made up mainly of his 190 in High Wycombe’s win over Henly.
Banbury’s Luke Ryan leads the way for the bowlers with 19 wickets, well ahead of the chasing pack, who include evergreen off-spinner Keith Dutch on 12 wickets. His total is partly made up of his match haul of seven for 80 for Tring Park against Radlett.
Kent Cricket League Premier
Blackheath lead the way in Kent by two points, ahead of second place Lordswood. The Mote and Bickley Park are the two teams with problems, having won only one game between them.
Third placed Bexley boast the leading run-scorer in Greg Bain with 285 runs at better than a run a ball. Alexander and Chris Williams (both Tunbridge Wells) and Charlie Hemphrey (Hartley) also have more than 200 runs. Tim Bishop has the single highest score in the division thanks to his 140 for Sibton Park against Tunbridge Wells. Bain, Christopher Vernon (Lordswood) and Hemphrey are the other century makers.
Chris Lawrence has 14 wickets and is two ahead of former Essex seamer Jahid Ahmed who has 12. Richard Tolson (seven for 11) and Steven Rowe (seven for 27) both have inexpensive seven wicket hauls to their names for Chesterfield and Sibton Park respectively.
Head to page 2 for Middlesex, Surrey, Sussex and the Southern Premier
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