Team of the season takes shape
WITH eight of 12 rounds gone in Goulburn Murray A grade cricket by New Year, it might be time to look back on who has made a big impact thus far.
Taking into account batting averages, aggregates and unbeaten innings — plus bowling averages, aggregates and strike rates, I’ve compiled a brief best-of selection, also including a wicket-keeper.
There are six batsmen (with one considered an all-rounder) one keeper and five bowlers.
I’ve also somewhat skewed the selection in an attempt to preserve the performances of those who have played and impacted on a majority of the first seven games.
Six of the best batsmen
Daniel Kent (Kyabram Fire Brigade) — 297 runs in 5 games, average 74.25 The veteran captain has had a great start to the summer. Along with the Flames’ international imports, he’s helped to keep the club’s batting lineup intact.
Josh Waughington (Moama) — 323 runs in 7 games, average 46.14 The Welshman has been the leading run-scorer in the competition, including a top score of 115 and a fearsome strike rate of 161.5 per 100 deliveries.
Greg Pearse (BamawmLockington United) — 281 runs in 7 games, average 70.25 No doubting his prowess this summer as someone who can still play a gamechanging role. Arguably the only blot on his record would be the fact that his highest total for the season remains 93 not out instead of that elusive ton.
Mark Watt (Kyabram Fire Brigade) — 278 runs in 7 games, average 39.71 The Scottish international orthodox spinner has been steady with the bat and equally useful with his darting left-armers.
Adam Jones (Echuca) — 239 runs in 7 games, average 34.14 A veteran of the side who has loved the ball coming onto the bat and will also pounce on anything pitched short. In other words, he may give the fieldsmen plenty of chances in the air, but so far he’s proven to be (mostly) uncatchable.
Michael Hill (Cooma) — 228 runs in 7 games, average 28.50 / 10 wickets in 7 games, average 14.80 The designated all-rounder of this group, the left-handed skipper made a century against Rochester Tigers to really boost his season stats. He’s been handy and dangerous when on-call with the ball, too.
Steve Rasmussen (Rochester United) — 14 dismissals in 6 games It couldn’t be anyone else but the United stalwart. No doubting his competitive, boundary-crossing whiteline fever, and he can keep wicket a bit as well.
Five of the best bowlers
Anthony McMahon (Moama) — 15 wickets in 7 games, average 13.20 The youngster strives — and thrives — on confidence and has plenty to offer with both bat and ball at the moment.
Liam Ringin (Rochester United) — 13 wickets in 6 games, average 10.23 Part of an extremely miserly United attack, he’s been giving the competition’s batsmen very little to hit due to consistently delivering a tight stumpto-stump line.
Shannon Bish (BamawmLockington United) — 16 wickets in 7 games, average 13.25 Fit and in form and bowling full and straight, he’s the leading wicket-taker for the district so far.
Sean Williams (Rochester United) — 8 wickets in 5 games, average 10.75 While Williams may not have taken the most scalps, he’s barely let any batsmen get the ball beyond the infield. The United man’s economy rate sits at a mere 1.76 runs per over.
Jason Turner (BamawmLockington United) — 11 wickets in 7 games, average 12.45 According to some observers, his bowling action has at times resembled former South African Paul Adams — once described by England batsman Mike Gatting as a proverbial ‘‘frog in a blender’’. However, its remained effective enough and Turner has rarely missed in the line and length departments at the crease.
Steve Rasmussen runs out Brian Cowie late last year.