The Cricket World Club MVP Ratings continue to be dominated by county-contracted cricketers so it is time for something a little different in this month’s look at the top tens. Whereas normally the qualifying criteria for a place in the ratings is three matches played - a criteria that leaves Blackpool and Lancashire’s Steven Croft top of the both the batting and overall ratings - what happens if we raise that threshold to 10 matches played?
Well, the result is that Weybridge’s South African professional Sarel Erwee leads the way in the batting ratings after a month which saw him hit three consecutive centuries and notch up 438 runs from four matches. Next up is New Zealand cricketer Tim McIntosh (Sleaford), with Llandudno’s Jordan Kane in third.
Then come a batch of young county-contracted players who have managed to squeeze in appearances for their clubs amidst all the second-team, occasional first-team, and Academy cricket that they play. Lancashire’s new Championship opener Luis Reece is in fourth for Leyland, with his team-mate Alex Davies in sixth thanks to a superb 169 against Ormskirk. Two Yorkshiremen complete the quartet, with rising star Alex Lees (Yorkshire Academy) and Jack Leaning (York) enjoying strong seasons in the Yorkshire Premier League. Ex-Unicorns batsman Jackson Thompson (222 for Bradninch) and May’s Club Performer of the Month Neil Curnow (St Just) complete the top ten.
The bowling ratings are led by York skipper Daniel Woods whatever criteria you apply. He took 20 wickets in July, including an epic 10 for 42 against Castleford. Indeed, the bowling ratings are less affected by the revised criteria than the batting ones. Craig Barker (Longton), Richard Cooper (Checkley) and David Foster (Chester-le-Street) take places second to fourth.
Veteran Saffron Walden left-arm spinner Tim Smith is fifth, with Jonathan Wells (Barrow) and Ian Holland (Fleetwood) both moving up a place under the new criteria.
Wells tops the adjusted overall ratings; his 119 runs from four matches in July, sitting nicely alongside his 16 wickets - a haul which included nine for 48 against Leyland. Truro’s Tom Sharp leaps up from ninth to third, with Richmondshire’s Shanuka Dissanayake moving into fourth.
The full alternative top tens can be found below:
Sarel Erwee (Weybridge, rating 52.6)
Tim McIntosh (Sleaford, 49.2)
Jordan Kane (Llandudno, 48.7)
Luis Reece (Leyland, 48.6)
Gary Pratt (Richmondshire, 48.5)
Alex Davies (Lytham, 48.2)
Alex Lees (Yorkshire Academy, 46.7)
Jack Leaning (York, 46.3)
Jackson Thompson (Bradninch, 46.2)
Neil Curnow (St Just, 45.7)
Daniel Woods (York, 57.0)
Craig Barker (Longton, 54.3)
Richard Cooper (Checkley, 53.7)
David Foster (Chester-le-Street, 52.6)
Tim Smith (Saffron Walden, 51.8)
Jonathan Wells (Barrow, 51.8)
Ian Holland (Fleetwood, 50.3)
Samiullah Khan (Wood Lane, 49.1)
James Lomas (Toft, 48.4)
Arshad Ali (Shenfield, 47.0)
Jonathan Wells (Barrow, 80.3)
Ian Holland (Fleetwood, 78.4)
Tom Sharp (Truro, 68.5)
Shanuka Dissanayake (Richmondshire, 66.1)
Zohaib Khan (Benwell Hill, 65.6)
Arshad Ali (Shenfield, 65.3)
Luis Reece (Leyland, 65.1)
Simon Widdup (Doncaster Town, 65.0)
Aftab Alam (Burnham, 64.4)
James Lowe (Middlesbrough, 64.3)
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