Friday 16 May 2014 

LVCC Division Two - The Statistical Story So Far

James Vince
James Vince is one of three Hampshire batsmen in the top 10 run-scorers this season
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Matt Carter takes a detailed look at the first month or so of LV= County Championship Division Two action by digging out some key statistics.

The current situation

  • Hampshire and Worcestershire currently occupy the promotion spots, with the pair being the only counties to have claimed two victories - with Hampshire topping the tree although they have played a game more.
  • Three sides - Derbyshire, Gloucestershire and Leicestershire - are yet to taste victory, with Derbyshire and Gloucestershire, alongside Surrey, the only three sides to have lost twice.
  • Although Leicestershire remain winless they are one of four unbeaten sides - Essex, Hampshire and Worcestershire being the others.
  • Essex have reason to be most aggrieved with the weather given that 75 per cent of their games have been rain-hit draws, while for Hampshire and Glamorgan this number is 60 per cent - although with the later the rain has on some occasions aided them in escaping defeat.

Average first innings batting

  • Leicestershire - although from the fewest games - can boast the highest average first innings score of 422, an impressive achievement considering they were bottom of the batting point table in 2013 by some distance.
  • Hampshire and Kent are the only other two sides to average over 300, while Worcestershire will be satisfied with an average of 290 in testing early season conditions.
  • Derbyshire’s and Gloucestershire’s plight is highlighted by both counties occupying spots in the bottom three for first innings totals, where they are joined by Glamorgan - all three of these counties averaging less than 225.

Overall batting returns

  • The only sides not to have been dismissed for a total of less than 250 are Hampshire and Leicestershire - with these two also the only counties to have surpassed 350 twice.
  • In five instances Glamorgan have been bowled out for a score below 250 - more than any other county - and further to that they also escaped against Gloucestershire with their second innings at 145 for nine.
  • Further outlining their toils with the blade both Derbyshire and Gloucestershire have been dispatched for under 250 on four occasions. That statistic also applies to Surrey and they together with Gloucestershire are the only counties yet to exceed 350.

Number of leading run-scorers

  • The outstanding county in regards to the leading run-scorers are Hampshire who can boast three players in the top 10 - James Vince, Michael Carberry and Jimmy Adams.
  • Essex are the only other county to possess more than one batsman in the top 10 with both Alastair Cook and James Foster making the list.
  • Neither Derbyshire nor Surrey have a player in the top 10, although Derbyshire do have three in the top 15 – Wayne Madsen, Shiv Chanderpaul and Stephen Moore.
  • Glamorgan have just one player in the top 20 - the fewest of any side - with Will Bragg fighting something of a lone battle.
  • Four counties - Gloucestershire, Kent, Leicestershire and Worcestershire - can claim a single player in the leading 10 and two in the top 20.

Average first innings runs conceded

  • Impressively thus far Worcestershire’s bowlers are conceding on average just 238 runs per first innings.
  • Essex and Kent are hot on their heels with average returns of 239 and 240 respectively - although both have played a game less.
  • Gloucestershire, bottom in the first innings batting stakes, fare somewhat better here with an average of 251 ranking them fourth overall. 
  • The Leicestershire attack has thus far been the most toothless, on average conceding 320 runs per first innings, while both Hampshire and Glamorgan are only narrowly better off - the latter being hindered by Leicestershire scoring the highest score of the season to date against them.

Overall Bowling

  • Strengthening Worcestershire’s current position as the standout bowling unit is that on five occasions they have removed the opposition for less than 250 - more than any other county - while they are alongside Kent the only side yet to concede 350.
  • Kent are one of four counties - Essex, Glamorgan and Surrey being the others - who have in three instances bowled a side out for fewer than 250.
  • Leicestershire are the only county yet to remove a side for below 250. Derbyshire have only achieved that feat once and at the same time in conjunction with Hampshire are the only side to have twice conceded 350 plus.

Number of leading wicket-takers

  • In Graham Wagg and Dean Cosker Glamorgan can vaunt two of the leading four wicket takers - at the same time their three bowlers in the top 20 can only be topped by Worcestershire, who can claim four.
  • Worcestershire are also the only other county with two bowlers in the top 10 – Gareth Andrew and Jack Shantry the pair taking their places.
  • Alongside Glamorgan, Kent can also boast three of the leading 20 wicket-takers with Doug Bollinger one of only three bowlers to have clinched 20 scalps or more and Adam Riley only missing the top 10 on strike rate.
  • With the exception of Leicestershire - who have none - the remaining five counties can each claim a solitary bowler in the top 10, although in the case of Surrey, Matt Dunn - ranked seventh - represents their only bowler in the top 20. Leicestershire incidently are the only county with just one bowler in the leading 20.

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