Veteran Spinner Smith Tops Bowling MVPs
Jack Leaning and Luis Reece continue to lead the way in the Cricket World Club Most Valuable Player Batting and Overall Ratings. However, there is a new leader at the top of the Bowling Ratings. Veteran Saffron Walden left-arm spinner Tim Smith has now played the required minimum number of matches to enter the list and does so in top spot. The 49 year-old - who has had a long and distinguished career in minor counties cricket for Hertfordshire and Cambridgeshire and played for Essex second XI as far back as in 1977 - has taken 13 wickets at an average of 7.15 so far this season.
Indeed, the top of the Bowling Ratings look very different to how they did last week. Last week’s top three of Richard Gleeson (Blackpool), Sabah Ghaus (Maghull) and Andrew Warhurst (Hightown) didn’t manage a single wicket between them over the Bank Holiday weekend and have all dropped out of the top ten. David Foster (up five) is now second after taking five for 36 for Chester-le-Street, while Australian Peter George is up seven after taking seven for 34 for Copdock & Old Ipswichian.
Two youngsters are next. Durham off-spinner Ryan Pringle played his third game for Hetton Lyons and enters in fourth, while 18 year-old Scotland and Glamorgan all-rounder Ruaidhri Smith moves up an astonishing 41 places after taking seven for 22 for Cardiff. Craig Barker (Longton) moves from 17th to sixth, while James Lomas (Toft), Zohaib Khan (Benwell Hill), Ian Holland (Fleetwood) and Neil Turk (Wimbledon) round out the top ten.
York’s Leaning holds onto top spot in the Batting Ratings despite not playing over the weekend. The big mover is Teddington’s Jamie Wade, who has now scored 276 runs in three matches for his club and finds himself second. There are two other new entrants inside the top ten. Former Middlesex and Worcestershire wicket-keeper Ben Scott (Hampstead) is seventh, with Bobby Dawson moving up 10 places to ninth after scoring 135 for Budleigh Salterton.
Reece saw his Overall Rating decline slightly despite hitting another unbeaten century for Leyland but he remains top and has moved up to fourth (up two) in the Batting Ratings. Ryan Pringle is second, with Zohaib Khan third and Ian Holland moving up to fourth (up one) after taking six for 30.There are two new entrants further down the top ten. Former Oxford University cricketer Edward Abel is eighth after performing well for South Wiltshire, while Unicorns and Glamorgan second XI all-rounder Bradley Wadlan (Bridgend Town) is up 10 to 10th after taking six for 33.
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