Friday 9 May 2014 

LVCC Division One - The Statistical Story So Far

Matt Carter takes a detailed look at the first month of LV= County Championship Division One action by digging out some key statistics.

The current situation

  • After a stuttering start Warwickshire have climbed to the summit of the table – moving a point clear of Sussex – although the division remains heavily congested, with only 12 points between the top five.
  • Besides the top two Middlesex are the only other county to claim two victories, however they are also one of three who have been beaten twice – Nottinghamshire and Northants the others.
  • Somerset and Durham remain the sole two unbeaten sides, although the latter are also together with Northamptonshire one of two sides yet to taste victory – as a result the pair currently fill the fledgling relegation births.

Average 1st Innings total

  • Yorkshire’s intimidating batting unit can boast an average first innings total of 419 and are the only side to average over 400 – that despite being bowled out for just 178 by Middlesex. Durham and Somerset – supported by numerous flat surfaces – can claim averages of 383 and 378 respectively.
  • The numbers look gloomy for Lancashire who average a mere 175, whilst Middlesex (209) and Northants (212) also have considerable reason to be concerned.
  • In challenging early season conditions Nottinghamshire, Warwickshire and Sussex might all be satisfied by average first innings scores in excess of 250.

Overall batting returns

  • Of further alarm to Lancashire is they have been bowled out on four occasions for scores less than 200 and are the lone side yet to produce an innings in excess of 350.
  • The only other county to have been dispatched for less than 200 four times are Middlesex – although they can at least vaunt two totals in excess of 350 - whilst Northants in just three matches have been three times shot out for lower than 200.
  • Yorkshire have passed 350 more times than any other side thus far, achieving that milestone four times - Somerset come next with three.
  • The only county yet to be bowled out for less than 200 are Durham.

Average 1st innings runs conceded

  • Surprisingly Durham prop up the table in this regard, with their bowlers on average conceding 384 first innings runs.
  • The top two – Warwickshire and Sussex – can boast the lowest average first innings bowling returns with impressive numbers of 190 and 189 respectively.
  • Aside from the pace setting pair, Lancashire and Yorkshire – 265 and 290 – are the only other sides to concede on average less than 300 first innings runs.
  • At the other end of the scale Northamptonshire’s bowlers have proven expensive, as have those from both Somerset and Middlesex – all three of these counties conceding an average first innings total in excess of 325.

Overall bowling returns

  • Sussex have proven expert exponents of early season conditions – in four instances bowling sides out for less than 200. Warwickshire and Yorkshire have also impressed, achieving this feat on three occasions.
  • Four counties – Northamptonshire, Middlesex, Durham and Somerset have only once bowled a side out for less than 200.  
  • Lancashire and Warwickshire are the only sides who have yet to concede a total surplus to 350.
  • As proficient as Yorkshire have been at bowling sides out cheaply, they have also in three instances witnessed the opposition pass 350 – a number which can only be equalled by Middlesex.

Number of leading run scorers

  • Nottinghamshire can boast three players in the top ten leading run scorers thus far – Samit Patel, Phil Jaques and Rikki Wessells – although that number is somewhat boosted by two innings on a desperately flat Taunton pitch.
  • Three counties cannot claim a single player in the top ten – Lancashire, Northamptonshire and Somerset – although both Lancashire and Somerset have two each in the top 20. Incidently Northants are the only county not to have at least two in that leading 20.
  • Chris Rogers and Sam Robson provide Middlesex with two players in the top ten although they have no further in the top 20.
  • Yorkshire can also claim two in the top ten – Gary Balance and Adam Lyth – whilst their three in the top 20 can only be better by Notts who have four.  

Number of leading wicket takers

  • Warwickshire – Chris Wright and Jeetan Patel -  and Lancashire – James Anderson and Simon Kerrigan - are the only two counties possessing two bowlers inside the leading ten wicket takers.
  • The league leaders are the only side with four bowlers in the top 20, Keith Barker and Chris Woakes joining the pair mentioned above.
  • Sussex and Yorkshire come in next with each claiming three of the top 20 - Steve Magoffin in the top ten for Sussex and Ryan Sidebottom for Yorkshire.
  • Durham remarkably are the only side without a bowler in the top ten and alongside Northants they form the sole counties with just one in the top twenty.
  • Middlesex and Somerset account for the leading two wicket takers in Steven Finn and Lewis Gregory respectively.

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