With almost half the club cricket season now gone, we take a look at the Cricket World Club Most Valuable Player Ratings.
Jake Libby continues to lead the way at the top of the batting ratings, courtesy of his 63 against Callington. His nearest challengers for the top spot all endured poor or mediocre weeks, with Adam London’s duck for Sunbury seeing him move down four places to sixth; Rory Burns 45 for Banstead knocking him down a couple to fifth; and Tom New dropping three places off the back of his 28 for Mansfield Hosiery Mills.
Of course, where there are losers there are also usually winners, and Luke Wells is this week’s biggest winner. The Sussex and Eastbourne batsman has now played three matches in club cricket in 2012 and makes his maiden appearance in third position. He has scored 309 runs and taken four wickets so far this season. Chris Cooke (Usk) and David Roberts (St Just) drop down a place each to fourth and fifth, while Michael Richardson moves up a couple thanks to his unbeaten 84 for Newcastle. Northamptonshire and Stony Stratford all-rounder Rob Keogh and Llandudno batsman Duncan Midgley complete the top ten, with Glen Batticciotto (Saffron Walden) Jamie How (Kendal) dropping outside following single figure scores.
Craig Barker took eight for 19 in Longton’s hard-fought low-scoring win over Audley and rockets to the top of the bowling ratings, with the previous leaders, Dinuka Hettiarachchi (St Annes) and Greg Willott (Leek) dropping a place each. Oxton’s Andrew Birley moves up four places to fourth after his five wickets against Widnes, while Paul McMahon jumps back inside the top ten after taking six wickets for Peterborough Town. Banbury’s Luke Ryan moves down a position into sixth, with East Grinstead seamer Lewis Hatchett dropping four places into tenth.
Three relatively new entrants occupy three of the bottom four positions inside the top ten. John Barnes, playing for Darlington in the newest of the 26 Premier Leagues, lies seventh after taking ten wickets during his last three matches; Middlesex and Hornsey seamer Anthony Ireland is eighth; while Australian-born Oxford University and Potters Bar spinner Dan Pascoe is ninth, having taken ten wickets for just 89 runs in three matches.
The overall ratings are led by Luke Wells, who has a slender three point cushion over Darwen’s Shaun de Kock. Previous leaders, Glen Batticciotto and Dinuka Hettiarachchi drop down considerably to fourth and tenth respectively, while Jake Libby moves up to third. Fabian Cowdrey and Mark Divin both put in excellent performances for their clubs recently and are fifth and sixth. Cowdrey hit 53 not out and took four for 28 last week for Sevenoaks Vine, while Divin hit a century a fortnight ago for Hampstead. Tim Coggan (Menai Bridge), Kirk Wernars (Hastings and St Leonards Priory) and Greg Willott occupy the other three places inside the top ten.
© Cricket World 2012
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