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 is a look at how the teams and players are shaping up in the North of England.
Cheshire County Cricket League Premier Division
Chester Boughton Hall currently leads the 12 team Cheshire League with six wins from six games and 140 points. Second placed Nantwich are some distance behind on 110 points. Oulton Park and Alderley Edge are firmly ensconced in the relegation zone.
Aussie Glen Batticciotto heads the run charts with 464 runs, including a mammoth 176 not out against Oulton Park, while Jonathon Kettle (Nantwich) and Warren Goodwin (Chester) both top the 350 run mark.
Fourth place Hyde’s Scott Kirwin has a slender lead at the top of the wicket-takers table with 16 wickets from a shade over 100 overs, with Rob Porter (Macclesfield) and J Warrington (Nantwich) both on 15.
Liverpool and District Cricket Competition
Ormskirk lead Lytham by a single point at the top of the table, with Newton-le-Willows and Highfield struggling at the foot of the table.
M Swart, Michael Gill (both of Bootle) and Christopher Tipper (Northern) are the only batsmen to pass 200 runs in what has been a comparatively bowler-friendly start to the season, with only four centuries having been scored in total despite the teams having played five matches each.
Thomas Bailey has 17 wickets in the league and tops New Brighton’s Ashraf Nawab by a single scalp; former Worcestershire seamer Christopher Liptrot has 11. Bailey has perhaps the most outstanding set of figures in the entire ECB Premier Leagues so far after his eight for 14 for Northern in their win over Newton-le-Willows.
Dukes North East Premier League Division One
After six games apiece in the North East, Blaydon lead the way on 156 points, 12 points ahead of the unbeaten Chester-le-Street. Gateshead Fell and South Shields occupy the relegation places, both on 43 points.
Durham reserve ‘keeper Michael Richardson leads the way in the runs chart by a considerable margin with 442 runs including an innings of 162 not out for Newcastle in their win over South Northumberland. Allan Worthy (Blaydon) is the only other man to pass the 300 run mark. Essex and Durham University’s Tom Westley (South Shields) has the highest individual score courtesy of an unbeaten 177 in his teams draw against Gateshead Fell.
Zohaib Khan (Benwell Hill) sits atop the wicket-takers list with 21 victims from less than 100 overs, while former Durham spinner Graeme Bridge occupies ninth with 12 wickets. Khan also has the best analysis in the league to date, having returned figures of six for 38 against Stockton.
Furness Building Society Northern Premier Cricket League
St Annes top the division with 89 points, with five wins and three draws from their nine games. Netherfield are in second position, four point adrift. Barrow and Fleetwood take the final two places in the table with 49 and 41 points respectively, but they are not far off sixth placed Blackpool (56 points) in a closely fought competition.
Pieter Malan has racked up almost a third of relegation-threatened Barrow’s runs this year and leads the way with 470 runs at the top of the run charts. He is some distance ahead of Atiq Uz-Zaman (St Annes) on 384 and Ryan Nelson (Carnforth) with 379. The leading score so far is Jonathan Miles, who made 132 not out for Kendal against Carnforth.
Lukman Vahaluwla (Preston) has 26 wickets at an average of 12 and is this season’s laeding bowler to date, one ahead of Gaurav Dhar (Chorley) and two ahead of Sri Lankan Dinuka Hettiarachchi (St Annes). Gareth Pedder (Carnforth) is one of three bowlers to have taken seven wicket hauls this summer, the others being Matthew McKiernan and Chris Miller.
North Staffs and South Cheshire League Premier Division
Stone top the table having won five of the six games played so far with 113 points; Wood Lane, with 101, are the only other side to break the hundred barrier. Hem Heath and Barlaston occupy the final two positions in the league with 47 and 44 points respectively.
Daniel Brierley (Wood Lane), Richard Harvey (Stone) and Sohail Rauf (Sandyford) lead the run scorers, being the only three batsmen to have passed 300 runs. Brierley also has the highest innings courtesy of his 134 against Porthill Park, one of two centuries he has scored thus far this season.
Wood Lane’s Asad Ali is by far and away the league’s top bowler with 30 victims at an avergage of less than 12, including four five wicket hauls. Mark Bengry (Porthill Park) has remarkable figures of eight for 88 to his name against Longton with Rauf the most frugal of the bowlers with seven wicket hauls to their names.
Solly Sports Yorkshire Premier League
York lead the way with four wins from eight games in the Yorkshire Premier with 51 points. Barnsley are second with 37 points. At the other end of the table Hull and YPI and Doncaster Town take the final two positions.
Former Yorkshire batsman Vic Craven (Harrogate) is the league’s leading run-scorer with 366. Darren Harland (Scarborough), Simon Widdup (Barnsley), Andy Simpson (Scarborough), Brayden Clark (Castleford) and Yorkshire Academy player Alex Lees are the other men to have passed the 300 run mark. Gerhardus Rudolph has the highest individual score of the league so far after hitting 155 for Rotherham Town against Cleethorpes.
Richard Wilkinson (Barnsley) and Daniel Woods (York) are by far the most successful bowlers in the competition to date with 28 wickets each. Tom Pringle (York) and Gurman Randhawa (Rotherham Town) are the best of the rest with 18 apiece. Randhawa also has the league’s best analysis after taking seven for 45 against Doncaster Town, with Woods having two seven wicket hauls to his name against Sheffield United and Scarborough.
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