After another week of club cricket action, there is new leader at the top of the Batting Ratings.
David Brown hit 119 for Mumbles in the South Wales Premier League and takes over first place from Paul Borrington, who could only manage 27 for Ticknall despite breaking the Derbyshire Premier League record for most runs in a season along the way.
Glen Batticciotto (Nantwich) takes over fourth place from Dominic Sibley - who falls outside the top ten after scoring only two for Ashtead - following an innings of 82 not out, with Muhammad Jaffer a new entrant inside the top ten after hitting an unbeaten 144 for Banstead in fifth. Nick James made an unbeaten 89 for Swansea and moves up six places to seventh, while David Wainwright jumps up an astonishing 44 places to tenth off the back of 122 for Castleford. Robert Taylor (Market Harborough) and Will Adkin (East Grinstead) are the week’s biggest losers, both dropping outside the top ten after a disappointing weekend for their respective clubs.
Dinuka Hettiarachchi (St Annes) and Simon Kerrigan (Ormskirk) retain their hold on the top two places in the bowling ratings, but see their lead significantly reduced because of excellent performances from Asad Ali (Wood Lane) and new entrant Matthew Mixer. Ali took eight for 55 against Porthill Park and sees his rating increase by over four points, but he drops one place courtesy of an even better performance form Mixer, who has taken 13 wickets in his last three matches for Lymington including a haul of nine for 32. Luke Ryan (Banbury) and Nayyer Abbas (Knypersley) both drop a place to fifth and sixth respectively, while Chris Peploe gains a place after taking four wickets for Ealing an moves up to seventh. James Tomlinson (South Wiltshire), Ben Laughlin (Netherfield) and Matthew McKiernan round out the top ten.
David Wainwright, Ashar Zaidi (Netherfield), Nayyer Abbas and Glen Addicott (Vauxhall Mallards) ensure that there is no change at the top of the overall ratings by holding on to the top four places in the table, with Wainwright’s century a key factor in his five point lead at the top.
Dinuka Hettiarachchi displaces Tom Smith - who drops down to eleventh - in fifth despite not playing last weekend, while Asad Ali’s eight wickets see him jump up to seventh. England Lions debutant Joe Root is the week’s biggest mover, as his century and four wickets for Sheffield Collegiate see him gain 32 places and move into sixth, with Glamorgan’s Nick James gaining nine places and moving up to eighth. Luke Ryan and Keith Dutch (Tring Park) occupy ninth and tenth positions.
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Three former or current county players impressed in last weekend’s ECB Premier League action, with Kadeer Ali – who recently trialled with Leicestershire – making 175 for West Bromwich Dartmouth; former Nottinghamshire batsmen Joshua Mierkalns hitting an unbeaten 159 for Caythorpe; and Worcestershire all-rounder Neil Pinner (148 for Kidderminster Victoria) all making centuries.
Of the bowlers, former Zimbabwe international Pete Rinke made it 15 wickets in two matches with a haul of eight for 20 for Scarborough against Barnsley; Lancashire slow left-armer Stephen Parry took seven for 95 for Bootle; and former England international Ed Giddins took six for 10 for his home town Eastbourne.
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