Monday 19 July 2010 

CW® County Player Of The Week - Keith Barker

CW® County Player Of The Week - Keith Barker
CW® County Player Of The Week - Keith Barker
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Warwickshire all-rounder Keith Barker has been named as the Cricket World® County Player Of The Week after taking a hat-trick and helping his side qualify for the quarter-finals of the Friends Provident t20.

Warwickshire finished the competition strongly to top the North Group with 11 wins from 16 matches which earned them a quarter-final tie against Hampshire.

Barker starred during clash against Yorkshire when he dismissed Richard Pyrah (13), Clint McKay (20) and David Wainwright (0) in consecutive deliveries to record a hat-trick.

Having earlier scored ten runs, he returned four for 14 having also dismissed the dangerous Herschelle Gibbs to set up a 14-run win for the Bears.

Next up for Warwickshire was the game against rivals and although Barker only managed two with the bat, he picked up the wickets of Moeen Ali and Gareth Andrew, two of Worcestershire's form players in the competition to help seal a nine-run win that assured Warwickshire of their place at the top of the table.

Barker took 21 wickets at an average of 15.42 and an economy rate of 7.25 throughout the group stages of the competition, taking a wicket every 12.76 balls to emerge as Warwickshire's star performer with the ball.

Other contenders for the weekly award included Essex's Alastair Cook, Nottinghamshire's Alex Hales, Northamptonshire's Rob White and Elton Chigumbura, Somerset's Kieron Pollard and Leicestershire's Andrew McDonald.

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