With all 26 of the ECB Premier Leagues underway for 2012, it is time to take our first look at how the are shaping up at this early point in the season.
Middlesex top-order player Adam London leads the way at the top of the batting ratings with 280 runs from his first three matches for Sunbury, including two centuries and a highest score of 122 against Sutton. Trailing him by over 10 ranking points is Ilminster batter Sam Spurway. The former Somerset wicket-keeper hit 138 in his first match of 2012 and hit 99 in his most recent outing. A further nine points adrift is Banbury’s Nathan Hawkes, who struck an astonishing 157 in his team’s win over Bishop’s Stortford.
The rest of the top ten are more tightly bunched, with Durham reserve wicket-keeper Michael Richardson (Newcastle) in fourth, just a handful of points ahead of Menai Bridge all-rounder Tim Coggan in tenth. Other names inside the top ten, all with at least one century to their name already in 2012, are former New Zealand opener Jamie How (Kendal) and Lancashire batsman Andrea Agathangelou (Highfield).
It is a familiar name who sits atop the bowling rankings. Sri Lankan spinner Dinuka Hettiarachchi (St Annes) shows no sign of letting up from his strong 2011, and has collected 25 wickets from five matches so far this year, to put him almost nine points clear of Sussex and East Grinstead seamer Lewis Hatchett. Hatchett began the season with nine for 22 against Brighton & Hove and was the early leader, but Hettiarachchi has taken two seven-wicket hauls and one six-for to carry on his table-topping form from last year.
Places third to fifth are separated by less than a point, with Leek’s Greg Willott, Oxton’s Andrew Birley and Burnham’s Aftab Khan each having taken five wickets on at least two occasions so far. Slightly further back is Lancashire slow left-armer Stephen Parry (Bootle), with Luke Ryan (Banbury), Nicky Caunce (Northern) and Matthew Perry-Lewis (St Cross Symondians) completing the top ten.
Tim Coggan sits comfortably atop the overall rankings and has a handsome 15.1 point lead over his nearest rival – Saffron Walden all-rounder Glen Batticciotto. He has complemented his haul of 214 runs with 13 wickets so far for Menai Bridge this season – all from only four matches. Greg Willott is third, following up his impressive start with the ball with an innings of 62 against Porthill Park, while Liam Simpson (Chester-le-Street) and Stephen Parry occupy positions four through to six. Hartlepool’s Kasun Bodhisha is next with 232 runs and 18 wickets from five games, while Shaun de Kock is eighth thanks mainly to his impressive bowling. Aftab Khan, Dinuka Hettiarachchi and Nicky Caunce round out the top ten.
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