Welcome to the second part of Cricket World’s look at how county cricketers are faring for their chosen franchises, states or provinces this winter. For part one please click here.
Zimbabwe is the chosen destination for many county cricketers this winter, with many choosing one of the five franchises as their employers for the off-season. So far there has been action in the Logan Cup (a four-day competition) and the Pro50 Championship, with the Stanbic Twenty20 due to start later this month.
Ryan Bishop (Cardiff MCCU and Mashonaland Eagles)
2011 County Season: 59 runs from four innings against county opposition.
2011-12 Domestic Season: 207 runs at 34.50, 16 catches.
Bishop has played two matches for the Eagles in the three weeks since part one of our round-up, and hit 68 batting at number three in the Coca Cola Pro50 Championship match against the Tuskers. He followed that up with scores of three and 22 in the massive defeat that his team suffered against the same opposition.
Paul Horton (Lancashire and Matabeleland Tuskers)
2011 First-Class Season: 1099 runs at an average of 37.9.
2011-12 Domestic Season: 152 runs in all competitions at an average of 25.33.
It was Horton’s century that set up the Tuskers huge win in that match as he hit 104 in their total of 418. Unfortunately he only managed scores of 24 and a duck in their two limited overs matches.
Glenn Querl (Unicorns and Matabeleland Tuskers)
2011 County Season: 13 List A wickets at 35.1.
2011-12 Domestic Season: 98 runs at 32.67, 24 wickets at 11.25.
Querl continued his superb form with match figures of nine for 39 in that match to help bowl the Eagles out for 52 and 138, having preceded it with four wickets in the two sides’ limited overs encounter.
Adam Wheater (Essex and Matabeleland Tuskers)
2011 First-Class Season: 804 runs at 42.3
2011-12 Domestic Season: 153 runs at 30.6, five catches.
Wicket-keeper Wheater has endured a barren run of late with scores of nine, 29 and four from his last three knocks.
Gary Ballance (Yorkshire and Mid West Rhinos)
2011 First-Class Season: 862 runs at 47.9.
2011-12 Domestic Season: 713 runs at 89.12.
Even with the season so young, Ballance is already approaching 1000 runs following his match-winning unbeaten century in yesterday’s 50-over match against the Tuskers, and a century in the first innings of his side’s narrow defeat to the Mountaineers at the start of the month.
Riki Wessels (Nottinghamshire and Mid West Rhinos)
2011 First-Class Season: 384 runs at 20.2.
2011-12 Domestic Season: 260 runs at 37.14.
His Rhinos teammate, Wessels, has scores of 48, four and 40 from his last three matches.
Liam Dawson (Hampshire and Mountaineers)
2011 First-Class Season: 908 runs at 49.8, three wickets at 77.
2011-12 Domestic Season: 125 runs at 125, seven wickets at 12.
Dawson has returned home from Zimbabwe following his excellent maiden match for the Mountaineers, citing the sharp cultural difference between rural Mutare and suburban Southampton as the main reason.
Ned Eckersley (Leicestershire and Mountaineers)
2011 First-Class Season: 321 runs at 40.1.
2011-12 Domestic Season: 113 runs at 37.67, two catches
He has been replaced in the team by young Leicestershire gloveman Ned Eckersley, who began with an unbeaten 27 in a losing cause against the Rhinos, before compiling a calm 85 in the successful run chase against the same opposition.
Phil Mustard (Durham and Mountaineers)
2011 First-Class Season: 716 runs at 51.1.
2011-12 Domestic Season: eight runs at eight.
Mustard has been signed primarily for the Twenty20 tournament, but made his debut yesterday at the top of the order where he made only eight.
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