Callington opening batsman Jake Libby is the new leader at the top of the Cricket World Club Most Valuable Player Batting Ratings. Playing in the Cornwall Premier League, Libby has now completed the required minimum number of matches to appear in the ratings, and has scores of 63, 117, 145 and 107 not out from his first four matches – an impressive tally of 432 runs which gives him a rating of 85.5.
Previous leader Adam London moves down to second after making only 47 last week for Sunbury, while David Roberts (St Just) moves up to third following his century against Callington. Tom New (Mansfield Hosiery Mills) and Chris Cooke (Usk), neither of who played last Saturday, move up to fourth and fifth thanks to Glen Batticciotto’s (Saffron Walden) and John Chambers’ (Wanstead & Snaresbrook) disappointing performances which see them move down to ninth and 24th respectively. Wimbledon’s Graham Grace and Kent and Sevenoaks Vine batsman Fabian Cowdrey both hit half centuries and move up to sixth and seventh, while Rob Keogh (298 runs from four matches for Stony Stratford) and Sam Arthurton (95 for Great Witchingham) round out the top ten.
Dinuka Hettiarachchi leads the way in the bowling ratings following St Annes’ washout against Fleetwood, while Banbury’s Luke Ryan swaps places with East Grinstead’s Lewis Hatchett to take second thanks to his five wickets against Henley. Hatchett drops down to fourth despite returning figures of three for 25, with Greg Willott (Leek) sandwiched between them in third after taking three for 33 in the North Staffs and South Cheshire Premier League.
Andrew Birley remains fifth for Oxton, while Harry Podmore moves up a place to sixth following his five for 21 for Ealing. Longton’s Craig Barker moves up 10 places in to seventh following his match-winning seven for 36 against Burslem, with Paul McMahon (Peterborough Town), Carl Simon (Preston Nomads) and William Affleck (Denbigh) completing the top ten.
Those previously at the top of the overall ratings either endured poor or mediocre weeks, with Glen Batticciotto retaining his hold on top spot despite a much reduced rating. Christopher Boroughs and Kandage Fernando drop 25 places between them and both fall outside the top ten after returning combined figures of one for 52 with the ball and scoring 22 runs between them on Saturday. Their places are taken by Dinuka Hettiarachchi and Fabian Cowdrey – who supplemented his 75 not with three wickets.
Greg Willott, Liam Simpson (Chester-le-Street) and Shaun de Kock (Darwen) occupy positions five to seven, with batting star Jake Libby taking eighth in spite of losing half a rating point for his bowling. Normanby Hall’s Janaka Gunaratne is ninth following his solid start to the 2012 season, while Luke Ryan moves inside the top ten.
© Cricket World 2012
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