Team of the sea­son takes shape

Campaspe News - - SPORT - By BEN CARTER

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.

The wicket-keeper

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.

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