No one player stands out when considering the identity of this week’s Cricket Word Player of the Week award winner. However, three men emerge as the main contenders.
Chris Gayle and Matt Machan both hit hundreds for their respective sides, while Sunil Narine took four for 40 to bamboozle Sri Lanka’s batsmen in the Tri-Nation series in the Caribbean.
Scotland’s Machan just about shades it, however, as he backed up his 111-ball 114 with three wickets with his off-spin in Scotland’s crucial win over Kenya in Aberdeen. The win takes them closer to an automatic 2015 World Cup qualification spot in the ongoing World Cricket League Championship.
Brighton-born Machan has been in useful form for his main employers Sussex this year and actually began his career for them at Under-13 level, graduating through their Academy to make his first-team debut in 2010. He only recently became eligible to play for Scotland when the eligibility criteria were relaxed by the ICC last year.
His new Scotland team-mate Iain Wardlaw, who took four crucial wickets in the match on Sunday, is in the same boat and normally plies his trade for Yorkshire.
Chris Gayle’s 109 in a potentially tricky run chase of 209 made him a strong contender for to Machan as he helped the West Indies kick off their series against Sri Lanka and India with a win over the former. Sunil Narine’s burst of four for 40 with the ball had earlier helped restrict Sri Lanka to a gettable total.
Yesterday, Johnson Charles starred with 97 as the hosts made it two wins out of two with a thrilling one-wicket win over newly-crowned ICC Champions Trophy winners India.
Earlier in the week, there were half-centuries for Hamish Rutherford, Brendon McCullum and Luke Wright as New Zealand rounded off their seemingly never-ending tour of England with a win in the T20 series.
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