South-West And Wales Club Cricket Round-Up - April/May 2012

South-West And Wales Club Cricket Round-Up - April/May 2012
South-West And Wales Club Cricket Round-Up - April/May 2012
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Cornwall’s Premier League was the last of the ECB’s 26 Premier League’s to kick off in 2012, with the 10 teams having played only one match apiece so far. Werrington, Falmouth and St Austell all won their opening game and take the top three places in the table, while Troon, Camborne and Truro were the vanquished teams and are at the opposite end.

Batting – Top three
1. Chris Hunkin (Grampound Road) – 121 runs from one match
2. Ben Smeeth (Werrington) – 116 runs from one match
3. Antony Angove (Falmouth) – 108 runs from one match.

Bowling – Top three
1. Tom Sharp (Truro) – six wickets at an average of 9.33
2. Andrew Libby (Callington) – six wickets at 11.17
3. Michael Bone (St Austell) – four wickets at 9

Player of the month: No player has completed the required minimum number of three matches that they must do so to appear in the Cricket World overall rankings, but it is hard to see past Ben Smeeth’s excellent all-round performance in Werrington’s defeat of Truro last weekend when picking the player of the month. He hit 116 in Werrington’s innings, before chipping in with three for 26 with the ball to help dismiss Truro for 146.

Bovey Tracey have won all four of their matches in the Devon Premier League and have a comfortable 14-point lead over their nearest rivals, Torquay, who lead a tightly-bunched chasing pack that includes Bradninch, Sandford and Exmouth. Heathcoat are the only team yet to register a win in 2012 are plumb last with just 15 points, while Plymouth are the other club in the relegation zone.

Batting – Top three 
1. Peter Bradley (Bovey Tracey) – 260 runs from four matches
2. James Toms (Plymouth) – 225 runs from four matches
3. Robert Gear (North Devon) – 202 runs from three matches

Bowling – Top three
1. Glen Querl (North Devon) – 16 wickets at 6.38
2. Gary Chappell (Bradninch) – 10 wickets at 7.4
3. Matthew Theedom (Sandford) – 10 wickets at 13

Player of the month: Unsurprisingly, it is Unicorns all-rounder Glen Querl who is the highest ranked player in joint 27th place with 71.3 points. Having enjoyed a successful close season on Zimbabwe’s domestic circuit, Querl began with five for 23 in his opening match against Sidmouth and has since collected another five-wicket haul against Heathcoat. Allied to this, are a couple of useful knocks with the bat that see him averaging over 20 with the willow so far this season.

North Wales’ Premier League is led by Llandudno, who have four wins after six rounds of matches to give them 100 points. Their two nearest rivals, Mochdre and Menai Bridge, are both unbeaten, but they have suffered three abandonments. Last year’s winners Connah’s Quay languish in ninth place with only one win, while Bangor ad Llay Welfare occupy the two relegation places.

Batting – Top three
1. Grove Venter (St Asaph) – 305 runs from five matches
2. Martin Burger (Connah’s Quay) – 242 runs from five matches
3. Darren Williams (Northop) – 225 runs from four matches

Bowling – Top three
1. Gordon Kerr (Llandudno) – 17 wickets at 9.29
2. William Affleck (Denbigh) – 16 wickets at 4.19
3. Tim Coggan (Menai Bridge) – 13 wickets at 8.31

Player of the month: Despite having had a chance to make an impression in only three of Menai Bridge’s six scheduled matches, all-rounder Tim Coggan is the runaway leader at the top of the overall rankings, with 114.7 points. With the bat, he has scores of 136 not out and 78 not out against Connah’s Quay and Mold, while with the ball he has figures of four for 22, four for 50 and five for 36 against Connah’s Quay, St Asaph and Mold respectively.

The South Wales Premier League is led by Sully Centurions, who have 80 points from their five matches, while Mumbles and Port Talbot Town are tied in second nine points behind. Last year’s winners, Cardiff are in mid-table with 59 points, with Ynysygerwn and Usk in the relegation zone.

Batting – Top three
1. Ian Thomas (Port Talbot Town) – 261 runs from five matches
2. Darren Thomas (Mumbles) – 243 runs from four matches
3. Richard Grant (Ynysygerwn) – 238 runs from five matches

Bowling – Top three
1. Bradley Wadlan (Bridgend Town) – 14 wickets at 10.64
2. Harry Powell (Newport) – 12 wickets at 13.25
3. Owen Morgan (Pontarddulais) – 10 wickets at 15.1

Player of the month: Unicorns slow left-arm spinner Bradley Wadlan is ranked in 12th place with 82.1 points, having supplemented his 14 wickets with 207 runs from four innings – 102 of which were scored in one innings when opening the batting against Newport. He also began the season with an innings of 69 from number three against champions Cardiff.

Bridgwater are yet to anything other than win a match in the West of England Premier League in 2012. They have won all four of their opening fixtures and have a big lead over second-placed Bath at the top of the table. Frocester and Taunton St Andrews are both winless so far this year and find themselves in the relegation zone.

Batting – Top three
1. Sam Spurway (Ilminster) – 281 runs from three matches
2. Nick Trainor (Frocester) – 175 runs from four matches
3. Sam Mount (Bath) – 173 runs from four matches

Bowling – Top three
1. Chris Skidmore (Bridgwater) – 10 wickets at 9.6
2. Scott Clapp (Bridgwater) – eight wickets at 8.62
3. Matthew Jackson (Downend) – eight wickets at 9.25

Player of the month: Former Somerset wicket-keeper Sam Spurway leads the way thanks to his remarkable tally of 281 runs from just three matches. His 72.6 ranking points see him placed joint 22nd in the overall rankings. The 25 year-old hit a century in his opening game against Frocester, and followed that up with scores of 44 and 99 against Bristol and Bridgwater.

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