Lancashire, Leeds/Bradford MCCU and Unicorns all-rounder Luis Reece is the early leader of the Cricket World Most Valuable Club Player Overall Ratings.
With the early rounds of the 2013 club cricket season completed and most players, at least in the northern leagues, having played the minimum number of three matches to qualify for an appearance in the ratings, the 22 year-old has emerged as the stand-out player.
In three matches in the Northern Premier League for Leyland, Reece has scored 245 runs for twice out and taken seven wickets. His best performance with the bat was 110 off 146 balls on 4th May against Chorley, while he took five for 24 the week before against Lancaster.
Over in the batting ratings, it is York player Jack Leaning who leads the way. The 19 year-old Yorkshire second eleven player has amassed 350 runs from his first four matches and has a handsome lead over second-placed Marnus Labuschagne, an 18 year-old who has come through the Queensland age-group set-up and has scored twin centuries as Plymouth’s overseas professional.
In third place in the batting ratings is a familiar face in the form of York batter Duncan Snell, who has also hit two centuries already in 2013.
Back-up Yorkshire opener Alex Lees is fourth, having hit a magnificent unbeaten 163 for the county’s Academy, while Jordan Kane (Llandudno), Reece, Calum How (Harrogate), Derbyshire opener Ben Slater (Chesterfield), James Smith (Matlock) and Ryan Stanbury (Pontblyddyn) complete the top ten. All have scored at least one century so far this season.
Blackpool’s Richard Gleeson head the bowling ratings after taking 12 wickets from three matches including a haul of six for 32. With 13 wickets, albeit having conceded slightly more runs, is Maghull’s Sabah Ghaus, with Andrew Warhurst in third. Hightown’s Warhurst has returned the best bowling figures of anyone inside the top ten so far in 2013, having taken eight for 63 against New Brighton.
Perhaps the most notable inclusion among the top ten is former Australia Test cricketer Peter George, who sneaks in at 10th thanks to his three five-wicket hauls for Copdock & Old Ipswichian.
© Cricket World 2013
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