The Kingfisher Beer Cricket World Club following the Bank Holiday weekend’s matches have now been calculated. We take a look at some of the winners and losers in the top tens.
In the batting rankings, last week’s top three of Kieran Howells (Ynysygerwn), Matthew Tomsett (Eastbourne) and Matthew Sugg (East Grinstead) all drop down significantly. Howells falls dramatically from first to 44th place, emphasising the effect that a couple of poor performances can have on a player’s ranking at this early stage in the season.
Tomsett drops down to sixth, while Sugg drops down to 12th. All of this means that we have a new leader in Cameron Herring (Newport) who made 53 against Pontarddulais, with Hainault and Clayhall’s Imran Qadir up to second and Durham ‘keeper Michael Richardson (Newcastle) up 17 places to third off the back of an unbeaten 162 against South Northumberland and 68 against Chester-le-Street.
Tom Westley has the weekend’s highest score with 177 not out for South Shields against Gateshead Fell and rises to 24th with James Benning popping into tenth place after a century for High Wycombe.
The bowling ratings have a slightly more settled look to them with Wood Lane’s Asad Ali taking top spot from Thomas Bailey (Northern) who is down to fifth. Luke Ryan remains in second for Banbury, with former Middlesex and now Unicorns spinner Chris Peploe (Ealing) up to fourth.
Dinuka Hettiarachchi is the weekend’s biggest mover, up an astonishing 50 places because of consecutive five-wicket hauls for St Annes against Lancaster and Carnforth. Chris Atherton (Brighton and Hove) is one of four bowlers to take seven-wicket hauls this Bank Holiday, his being the cheapest with seven for 36 against East Grinstead.
Former Surrey and Leicestershire all-rounder James Benning is the new leader at the top of the overall rankings after scoring 239 runs and taking seven wickets in his last two matches for High Wycombe. Last week’s top two, Zohaib Khan (Benwell Hill) and Glenn Querl (North Devon) drop down to 17th and 19th places respectively. Tom Andrews (Market Deeping) holds on to third place with Cameron Herring moving up to fourth because of his excellent batting form.
You may have heard of:
Durham opener Mark Stoneman (Blaydon) who made 113 against Sunderland; former England, Nottinghamshire, Surrey and Northamptonshire batsman Usman Afzaal who hit 111 for the West Indian Cavaliers against Kimberley Institute, and England and Durham all-rounder Liam Plunkett who hit 116 for Durham Academy as he found form after his recent injury lay-off.
Of the bowlers, besides Sri Lanka’s Dinuka Hettiarachchi’s two five wicket hauls, Liam Plunkett took five for 46 against Tynemouth and Jonathan Ball, elder brother of Nottinghamshire seamer Jacob, took six for 45 for Welbeck Colliery against Kiveton Park Colliery.
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