More rain and more wickets - 08/05/12
Predictably, there was more rain and more Andre Adams’
wickets this week in the LV County Championship (LV=CC). The Kiwi all-rounder
is threatening to pull away from the chasing pack in the FTI Most Valuable
Player (MVP) Rankings, after returning career best figures of 7-32 against
Lancashire at Old Trafford. He followed that with second innings figures of
3-18 to take 10-50 in the match, and his overall wicket tally for the season to
28 scalps in just 4 matches. Adams, who finished top of last season’s LV=CC FTI
MVP and third the year before, picked up bonus points for taking top order
wickets and for conceding his runs at under 2 per over. He leads the overall
FTI MVP by 9 points and the LV=CC FTI MVP by 22 points.
Second in both, is Keith Barker of Warwickshire. The former
Blackburn Rovers and Rochdale striker has added a yard of pace this season and
has found lavish swing from his left-arm over angle. He took 5-33 and 5-37
against Durham at Edgbaston to propel himself up the rankings. He also took
3-41 against the Northamptonshire Steelbacks in the opening round of the CB40.
Barker has taken 25 wickets across both forms of the game and looks a real
Alan Richardson drops a place to third, despite returning
his third five-wicket haul of the season against Middlesex at Lord’s. The
veteran seamer’s figures at the home of cricket read: 33-12-89-5 as he once
again shouldered the bulk of the workload for Worcestershire. Richardson is on
course to beat last season’s tally of 73 first-class victims, having already taken
24 from 4 games.
Matthew Coles has enjoyed another remarkable week. Having led
the wicket-taking leagues in April with 21 scalps to storm into the top four of
the FTI MVP, it was thought he might slip down the rankings this week as Kent
were without a Championship match. That was to underestimate what he might
achieve in the one-day game, as he flattened Yorkshire at Headingley with 6-32.
In the first five weeks of the season, Coles has achieved his best bowling
figures in the Championship (6-51 versus Northants), his highest first-class
score (103 off 111 balls against Yorkshire) and his best one-day return. He
remains fourth with 117 points.
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