South-East Club Cricket Round-Up - April/May 2012

South-East Club Cricket Round-Up - April/May 2012
South-East Club Cricket Round-Up - April/May 2012
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Horsford head the East Anglian Premier League after six rounds of matches with two wins, one draw and three abandonments.  Swardeston are just four points behind in second place, with Vauxhall Mallards and Saffron Walden a handful further adrift. Defending champions Cambridge Granta are one of five teams yet to win in 2012 and sit one place above bottom club Burwell.

Batting – Top three
1. Glen Batticciotto (Saffron Walden) – 308 runs from four matches
2. James Spelman (Great Witchingham) – 189 runs from three matches
3. Sam Arthurton (Great Witchingham) – 186 runs from three matches

Bowling – Top three
1. Paul Bradshaw (Vauxhall Mallards) – 15 wickets at an average of 7.53
2. Mark Thomas (Swardeston) – 13 wickets at 7.46
3. Kandage Fernando (Sudbury) – 11 wickets at 7.27

Player of the month: Queenslander Glen Batticciotto’s move from Nantwich doesn’t appear to have affected his excellent form, as he has taken 10 wickets at the impressive average of 12.7 to go with his mammoth haul of runs, and is placed second in the overall rankings with 99.6 points.

The Essex Premier League is led jointly by Wanstead & Snaresbrook and Chelmsford, who both have two wins from three matches and 46 points. South Woodford are just a point behind in third, with Ilford a further point adrift in fourth. The final two in the table are Woodford Wells and Ardleigh Green, who are both yet to win a match and are already some 17 and 19 points from safety.

Batting – Top three
1. John Chambers (Wanstead) – 168 runs from two matches
2. Gurdeep Kandola (Ilford) – 143 runs from three matches
3. Nick Prowting (Chelmsford) – 121 runs from two matches

Bowling – Top three
1. Gareth Fisher (Colchester and East Essex) – 12 wickets at 5.5
2. Pratik Acharya (South Woodford) – six wickets at 4.83
3. Tom Craddock (Chelmsford) – six wickets at 6.33

Player of the month: The league is still young, with some of the players having played only two matches – less than the three that is required to appear in the Cricket World overall rankings. However, Colchester and East Essex bowler Gareth Fisher does qualify and is ranked 89th with 53.9 points thanks to his 12 wickets. Most of them came in one match against Woodford Wells as he took nine for four to bowl them out for just 24.

The Home Counties Premier League is led by High Wycombe with 65 points. They, along with second placed Harpenden, who have 59 points, have won two and drawn one of their first three games. Banbury and Tring Park lie in third and fourth with two wins and a loss to their names, while Bishop’s Stortford and Oxford are both winless and are firmly ensconced in the relegation zone.

Batting – Top three
1. Nathan Hawkes (Banbury) – 260 runs from three matches
2. Alan Duncan (High Wycombe) – 172 runs from three matches
3. Simon White (Harpenden) – 167 runs from three matches

Bowling – Top three
1. Luke Ryan (Banbury) – 15 wickets at 12.93
2. Aftab Khan (Burnham) – 12 wickets at 15.08
3. Joe Peck (Harpenden) – 10 wickets at 9.8

Player of the month: Aftab Khan has been extremely consistent with the bat for his club Burnham, with scores of 35, 21 and 26 from his position at number four. However, it is his twin five-wicket hauls against Oxford and Harpenden which see him placed eighth in the overall rankings with 91.1 points.

Blackheath head the way in the Kent Premier League with 61 points from their first four matches in 2012. Hartley Country Club, Bexley and Sevenoaks Vine are all between 17 and 19 points behind in second to fourth positions, while Canterbury and Tunbridge Wells are both winless and occupy the final two positions in the table.

Batting – Top three
1. Oliver Howick (Sevenoaks Vine) – 182 runs from three matches
2. Fabian Cowdrey (Sevenoaks Vine) – 171 runs from three matches
3. Greg Bain (Bexley) – 170 runs from three matches

Bowling – Top three
1. Tom Parsons (Sevenoaks Vine) – 16 wickets at 9.56
2. Mohammad Ashraful (Blackheath) – eight wickets at 8.75
3. Min Patel (Bexley) – eight wickets at 16.75

Player of the month: Mohammad Ashraful edges out Tom Parsons by a handful of points to take this month’s award. He has 73.1 points and is 21st in the overall rankings courtesy of his tally of 144 runs and eight wickets. His best match came against Bromley, when he hit a century and took three for one with the ball, form which saw him attract the interest of Kent to fulfil the role of one of their overseas players in this season’s Friends Life t20. He has since been named in Bangladesh’s squad for their tri-series in Zimbabwe.

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