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. Here's a round-up of the action in the Midlands.
Birmingham and District Premier Cricket League
After five matches played by each team Himley head Barnt Green by five points, while Smethwick are a clear last after failing to win any of their games. Wolverhampton currently occupy the other relegation place.
Former Indian international Wasim Jaffer is Himley’s top-scorer with 247 runs from three games, but he trails Dougie Brown (Barnt Green) who has 292 runs from four matches. Other notable high runscorers are Warwickshire players Richard Johnson and Ateeq Javid and New Zealander Jeet Raval, all with over 200 runs. Christiann Jonker (Walsall) has the highest score in the league to date after hitting 156 against Knowle and Dorridge.
Moseley’s Ricardo Gordon heads the wicket-takers list with 16 scalps, including a season best seven for 36 against Smethwick. Daniel Smith and Shafiq Ahmed, both of leaders Himley, also feature in the top five.
Derbyshire Premier League
Sandiacre Town and Spondon have already passed the 100 point mark in Derbyshire’s top division with 112 and 101 points respectively. Ockbrook and Borrowash lead the chasing pack with 75 points, while winless Alfreton, with just five points from as many games, and Ilkeston Rutland make up the relegation zone.
Derbyshire CCC’s very own Paul Borrington (Ticknall) leads the way for the batsmen with 309 runs, including two centuries, with Jonathan Guthrie close behind on 285, also with a century. Former Derbyshire players Nathan Dumelow (Quarndon), Hassan Adnan (Alvaston and Boulton) and Matt Dowman (Quarndon) all make the top ten to underline the division’s quality. Ben Ashdown has the league’s highest individual score so far with 116 in Spondon’s victory over Alvaston and Boulton.
John Jordison and Ryan McFadyean, both of table-toppers Sandiacre Town, lead the wicket-takers list with 16 scalps apiece including six wicket hauls against Alvaston and Boulton and Quarndon respectively.
Leicestershire County Cricket League
Market Harborough lead the Leicestershire Premier by six points after six matches each on 120 points. Lutterworth and Loughborough Town are a handful of points behind, while winless Barrow Town are last with only 48 points.
Joel Garrett of Lutterworth is easily the league’s highest scoring batsman so far with 421 runs. His nearest challenger, Anish Patel (Loughborough Town) has 329 runs. Robert Taylor has the two individual highest scores for Market Harborough against Sileby Town and Barkby United.
Karl Smith (Lutterworth) is the leading wicket-taker with 14, closely followed by Daniel Broughton (Kibworth with 13. Tom Driver is only bowler to have taken a six-fer, having done so for Kibworth against Kegworth.
Lincolnshire Cricket Board Premier League
Bracebridge Heath retain their traditional stranglehold in Lincolnshire with four wins from five games. Market Deeping are their nearest challengers with an average of 16.83, with winless Nettleham and Sleaford bringing up the rear.
Hartsholme’s Warren Nel is leading the way in the batting department with 384 runs; Nuwan Shiroman (Louth), Conrad Louth (Bourne), former Notts staffer Vikram Atri (Bracebridge Heath) and Pete Houghton (Skegness) all have at least 300 runs. Atri (158), Houghton (147) and Nel (130 not out) have the highest individual scores against Nettleham, Nettleham and Grimsby Town respectively. A mention must also go to Arran Brindle, the first woman to hit a century in the men’s’ premier league, after she made 128 for Louth against Market Deeping.
Bourne’s Fahad Masood (25 wickets) and George Linde (22 wickets for Grimsby) top the bowling honours by a considerable margin helped by Linde’s seven for 21 against Lindum and Masood’s seven for 23 against Nettleham.
Northamptonshire Cricket League Premier Division
Northampton Saints top the division because they are the only unbeaten team, having won five out of their six matches. Wollaston lead the pursuing trio of themselves, Brixworth and Finedon Dolben. Rushton and Horton House, with only one win apiece, occupy the bottom two positions in the table.
S Gomes leads the way in the batting stakes with 478 runs at an average of 239, with former Lancashire batsman Alec Swann in second place with 352 runs. Gomes is also the runaway leader at the top of the high scores chart courtesy of an innings of 183 not out for Stony Stratford against Rushden Town. G Baker (Northampton Saints) is another with a big century to his name, having hit an unbeaten 157 against Burton Latimer.
Simon Branston (Rushden) is atop the bowling table with 18 wickets, including seven for 53 against Old Northamptonians, one ahead of Colin Sileby (Brixworth). Former Northants county player David Wigley is in fourth place with 13 scalps.
Nottinghamshire Cricket Board Premier League
Welbeck Colliery, Clifton Village and Nottinghamshire Academy are all unbeaten in the Notts Premier so far this season with Welbeck topping the table with 125 points. Kiveton Park Colliery and Belvoir are both winless from their seven games, well rooted in the drop zone, a full 31 points from safety.
T Rowe (Notts Academy) is the competition’s leading run-scorer with 367, while former England test player Usman Afzaal has been the rock of the West Indian Cavaliers’ batting line-up and has 345 runs to his name, including an unbeaten 165 against Kiveton Park Colliery. Papplewick and Linby’s Mark Nelson also hit 143 not out against Mansfield Hosiery Mills.
S Mushtaq (West Indian Cavaliers) leads the wicket-takers list with 20 scalps at an average of 8.50 with Welbeck Colliery’s Jonathan Ball second with 16 wickets. Liam Andrews has the league’s most outstanding bowling figures with seven for 34 in Clifton Village’s win over Kiveton Park Colliery.
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