Club Cricket Top Performers In May - West England And Wales
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 from Wales and the West of England.
Cornwall Cricket League Premier Division
Only two games have been played so far in the 10 team Cornwall Premier with Callington and Truro tied for first place with 33 points, having each won one game and drawn one. St Just, At Austell and Troon also have a win and a draw to their names. Newquay and Grampound Road have lost both of their matches.
Alex Smeeth (112, Werrington) and Matthew Robins (103, Callington) are the only batsmen to have passed 100 runs in the season, with Smeeth’s all coming in one innings against Troon.
Andrew Fairman (Truro) and Matthew Yates (St Austell) both have eight wickets from the two matches; Yates’ including six for 37 in his teams’ win over Grampound Road. Former Somerset leggie Michael Munday (now playing for Truro) has four wickets from one match.
Devon Cricket League Premier Division
North Devon head Exmouth by two points with both teams unbeaten, while Plympton and Paignton are in the relegation zone, separated by just a point after Plympton’s two point deduction for slow over rate.
Exmouth’s David Lye heads the run-scorers charts in his debut season with the club on 249 runs, while Craig Overton (North Devon) and Douglas Hewitt (Plymouth) occupy second and third places. Sandy Allen is the league’s only centurion to date after scoring an unbeaten 102 for sixth placed Budleigh Salterton against Bradninch.
Glen Querl is top of the bowling charts after taking 14 wickets at a shade over 10, including six for 31, for North Devon, while David Lye features in fourth with 12 including six for 35 for Exmouth against Plymouth.
North Wales Premier League
Menai Bridge are comfortable leaders of the North Wales Premier League with a one hundred percent winning record on 137 points. Mold, having played an extra game, are in second place on 130 points. St Asaph and Pwllheli are firmly in the relegation zone; 11 and 29 points from safety respectively.
Steve Smith is the league’s leading run-scorer, having scored almost 40 percent of Llandudno’s runs with 399 to his name. Nathan Shearer (Menai Bridge) has 324 runs. Glenn Chambers, with 127 for Pontblyddyn against Brymbo, has the division’s highest individual innings.
Ashley Wood (Menai Bridge) is the most profligate wicket-taker with 20 scalps, while Chambers emphasises his all-round abilities in second position, one of three bowlers with 17 wickets. Wood dominance is explained by him having recorded two of the league’s five six wicket hauls with six for 17 against Pwllheli being the highlight.
South Wales Premier Cricket League Division One
Cardiff lead the way in South Wales on 18 points, with Port Talbot and Bridgend Town snapping at their heals on 16.75 and 16 points respectively. Pontarddulais and Ammanford are both in the relegation zone.
Cameron Herring (Newport) has been enjoyed prolific early season form easily topping the runs chart with 448. Kieran Howells (Ynysygerwn) is his closest challenger with 323. Herring also boasts the highest individual score with a remarkable unbeaten 196 against Swansea, while David Brown (Mumbles) hit 150 not out against Sully Centurions.
Alun Thomas (Cardiff) is the league’s leading wicket-taker with 12 wickets, just ahead of Sarthak Sawlani (Mumbles) on 11, whose total includes seven for 49 against Ammanford.
West of England Premier League
Bath lead the way by two points ahead of Frocester as the only unbeaten teams in the league, both sides well ahead of third placed Bridgwater. Bristol and Corsham have both lost all of their games and are consequently bottom after four games each.
Nicholas Trainor (Frocester) is comfortably the leading batsman with 336 runs from only four innings, including two centuries. Somerset all-rounder Calum Haggett (Bridgwater) is his closest challenger with 179 runs. Besides Trainor, Somerset batsman Alex Barrow hit 118 for Bath at Weston-super-Mare; former Gloucestershire and Somerset all-rounder Rob Woodman made 109 not out for Taunton Deane against Thornbury and Unicorns player James Campbell hit 107 not out for Bath against Corsham.
Thomas Hankins (Corsham) and former Gloucestershire seamer Will Rudge (Bristol) are the league’s leading wicket-takers with 10 victims apiece; while Phil Saxby has the league’s best bowling analysis after taking six for 35 in Taunton Deane’s win over Corsham.
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