Midlands Club Cricket Round-Up - April/May 2012

Midlands Club Cricket Round-Up - April/May 2012
Midlands Club Cricket Round-Up - April/May 2012
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After five rounds of matches in the Birmingham & District Premier League, Walsall lead the way with four wins and an abandonment, with Brockhampton and West Bromwich Dartmouth the other unbeaten teams. Wolverhampton are Walsall’s nearest rivals, but are some 13 points adrift, while Knowle & Dorridge are a further four points behind. Defending champions Barnt Green have won just one of their five games and lie seventh in the table. At this early stage, the winless pair of Wellington and Leamington occupy the relegation places.

Batting – Top three
1. Attiq Chisthi (Knowle & Dorridge) – 202 runs from four matches
2. Ross Aucott (Wellington) – 192 runs from five matches
3. Greg Wright (Himley) 174 runs from five matches

Bowling – Top three
1. Steve Bevan (Barnt Green) – 12 wickets at an average of 9.42
2. Tom Freeman (Walsall) – 12 wickets at 11.25
3. Stefan Piolet (Knowle & Dorridge) – 10 wickets at 18.6

Player of the month: Slow-left armer Steve Bevan is the top-ranked player from the league according to the Cricket World Club MVPs. He has hauls of five for 31 and four for 26 against Brockhampton and Wolverhampton respectively to his name over the past month, and lies joint 110th in the overall rankings with 50.4 points.

Defending champions Ockbrook & Borrowash can only manage sixth after six rounds of the Derbyshire Premier League. They are 26 points behind undefeated leaders Swarkestone, who have 93 points and are joined on three wins by second-placed Lullington Park. The other undefeated team are Quarndon, who lie ninth having drawn all of their matches. Rolls Royce Leisure and Spondon are the bottom two teams with two wins and four losses between them from 12 games.

Batting – Top three
1. Paul Burdett (Chesterfield) – 242 runs from six matches
2. Hassan Adnan (Alvaston & Boulton) – 235 runs from six matches
3. Steve Stubbings (Alvaston & Boulton) – 224 runs from six matches

Bowling – Top three
1. Michael Deane (Chesterfield) – 15 wickets at 16
2. Tom Knight (Swarkestone) – 12 wickets at 10.5
3. Shahzada Khan (Rolls Royce Leisure) – 12 wickets at 18.58

Player of the month: Derbyshire all-rounder Alex Hughes may have only played three matches for leaders Swarkestone, but he had a stellar match against Sandiacre Town, hitting 114 from 98 balls and taking three wickets, to put him joint 79th in the rankings on 55.9 points.

Leicester Ivanhoe are comfortably top of the Leicestershire Premier League. They have 90 points from five games and are 15 ahead of second-placed Market Harborough, and 23 ahead of defending champions Loughborough Town. Thorpe Arnold are the league’s whipping boys and sit last, alongside Sileby Town in the relegation zone.

Batting – Top three
1. Lewis Hill (Lutterworth) – 191 runs from four matches
2. Matt Craven (Kibworth) – 186 runs from four matches
3. Harveer Gandham (Market Harborough) – 144 runs from three matches.

Bowling – Top three
1. Aiden Morris (Leicester Ivanhoe) – 11 wickets at 10.64
2. Oliver Freckingham (Loughborough Town) – 10 wickets at 9.7
3. Kevin Innes (Market Harborough) – nine wickets at 5.67

Player of the month: Former Northamptonshire and Sussex all-rounder Kevin Innes is 17th in the overall rankings on 78.1 points. Besides his nine wickets, he has scored 133 runs from his three matches, including an innings of 80 against Sileby Town.

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