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Dale Steyn Cleans up SA Cricket Awards

Some big names below – interestingly Wendell Bossenger who used to play provincial cricket has won the amateur prize and Chad Baxter who also appeared for Boland won the student cricketer prize. Congrats to everyone and the season ahead promises to bring the hidden talent in SA to the fore. There are many players plying their trade in the county cricket circuit with Morkel and Pollock smashing 50 odd in under balls to secure victory for Durham.

Wayne Parnell is a player to watch in the future

The full list of award winners:

AMATEUR AWARDS:

PG Bison U15 Player of the Tournament: Johann van der Merwe (Gauteng)

U17 Player of the Tournament: Bokang Mosena (Free State)

Coca-Cola Khaya Majola U19 Player of the Tournament: Wayne Parnell (Eastern Province)

CSA U19 Cricketer of the Year: Wayne Parnell (Eastern Province)

Student Cricketer of the Year: Chad Baxter (NMMU/Eastern Province)

Club Championships Player of the Tournament: Nathan Arthur (Burma Lads/Griqualand West)

Rural Cricketer of the Year: Jaco O’Kelly (Gauteng)

Deaf Cricketer of the Year: Stephen Lombard (Northerns)

Intellectually Impaired Cricketer of the Year: Lee Benting (Boland)

SAA Provincial Amateur Cricketer of the Year: Wendell Bossenger (Griqualand West)

CSA Women’s Cricketer of the Year: Cri-Zelda Brits (North West)

Khaya Majola Amateur Cricket Award: Nathan Arthur (Burma Lads/Griqualand West)

Bakers’ Mini Cricket Administrator of the Year: Helene van der Riet (Griqualand West)

PROFESSIONAL AWARDS

Mutual & Federal Coach of the Year: Corrie van Zyl (Gestetner Diamond Eagles)

Mutual & Federal Scorers Association of the Year: Gauteng

Mutual & Federal Umpire of the Year: Brian Jerling

DOMESTIC Saca Most Valuable Player: Johann Louw (Nashua Dolphins)

MTN Domestic Championship Cricketer of the Year: Juan Theron (Chevrolet Warriors)

Standard Bank Pro20 Cricketer of the Year: Charl Langeveldt (Nashua Cape Cobras)

SuperSport Series Cricketer of the Year: Monde Zondeki (Nashua Cape Cobras)

Domestic Newcomer of the Year: Roelof van der Merwe (Nashua Titans)

Domestic Players’ Player of the year: Dillon du Preez (Gestetner Diamond Eagles)

SA INTERNATIONALStandard Bank ODI Cricketer of the Year: Graeme Smith

Standard Bank International Pro20 Cricketer of the Year: Albie Morkel

Castle Test Cricketer of the Year: Dale Steyn

SA Players’ Player of the Year: Dale Steyn

SuperSport Fans Cricketer of the Year: Dale Steyn

Mutual & Federal SA Cricketer of the Year: Dale Steyn

County Championship Fixtures 2008

County Championship Division One, 2008

April 2008
Wed 16 – Sat 19
11:00 local, 10:00 GMT Hampshire v Sussex
The Rose Bowl, Southampton
 
Wed 16 – Sat 19
11:00 local, 10:00 GMT Kent v Nottinghamshire
St Lawrence Ground, Canterbury
 
Wed 16 – Sat 19
11:00 local, 10:00 GMT Surrey v Lancashire
Kennington Oval, London
 
Wed 23 – Sat 26
11:00 local, 10:00 GMT Durham v Surrey
Riverside Ground, Chester-le-Street
 
Wed 23 – Sat 26
11:00 local, 10:00 GMT Lancashire v Somerset
Old Trafford, Manchester
 
Wed 23 – Sat 26
11:00 local, 10:00 GMT Sussex v Kent
County Ground, Hove
 
Wed 23 – Sat 26
11:00 local, 10:00 GMT Yorkshire v Hampshire
Headingley, Leeds
 
Wed 30 – Sat 3
11:00 local, 10:00 GMT Sussex v Surrey
County Ground, Hove
 
Wed 30 – Sat 3
11:00 local, 10:00 GMT Yorkshire v Nottinghamshire
Headingley, Leeds
 
May 2008
Wed 7 – Sat 10
11:00 local, 10:00 GMT Lancashire v Durham
Old Trafford, Manchester
 
Wed 7 – Sat 10
11:00 local, 10:00 GMT Nottinghamshire v Kent
Trent Bridge, Nottingham
 
Wed 7 – Sat 10
11:00 local, 10:00 GMT Somerset v Hampshire
County Ground, Taunton
 
Wed 14 – Sat 17
11:00 local, 10:00 GMT Durham v Yorkshire
Riverside Ground, Chester-le-Street
 
Wed 14 – Sat 17
11:00 local, 10:00 GMT Hampshire v Surrey
The Rose Bowl, Southampton
 
Wed 14 – Sat 17
11:00 local, 10:00 GMT Nottinghamshire v Lancashire
Trent Bridge, Nottingham
 
Wed 14 – Sat 17
11:00 local, 10:00 GMT Somerset v Sussex
County Ground, Taunton
 
Tue 20 – Fri 23
11:00 local, 10:00 GMT Nottinghamshire v Sussex
Trent Bridge, Nottingham
 
Wed 21 – Sat 24
11:00 local, 10:00 GMT Kent v Somerset
Nevill Ground, Tunbridge Wells
 
Wed 21 – Sat 24
11:00 local, 10:00 GMT Surrey v Yorkshire
Kennington Oval, London
 
Fri 30 – Mon 2
11:00 local, 10:00 GMT Hampshire v Kent
The Rose Bowl, Southampton
 
Fri 30 – Mon 2
11:00 local, 10:00 GMT Surrey v Somerset
Whitgift School, Croydon
 
Fri 30 – Mon 2
11:00 local, 10:00 GMT Sussex v Durham
County Ground, Hove
 
Fri 30 – Mon 2
11:00 local, 10:00 GMT Yorkshire v Lancashire
Headingley, Leeds
 
June 2008
Fri 6 – Mon 9
11:00 local, 10:00 GMT Durham v Hampshire
Riverside Ground, Chester-le-Street
 
Fri 6 – Mon 9
11:00 local, 10:00 GMT Kent v Sussex
St Lawrence Ground, Canterbury
 
Fri 6 – Mon 9
11:00 local, 10:00 GMT Lancashire v Nottinghamshire
Old Trafford, Manchester
 
Fri 6 – Mon 9
11:00 local, 10:00 GMT Somerset v Yorkshire
County Ground, Taunton
 
Sun 29 – Wed 2
11:00 local, 10:00 GMT Hampshire v Nottinghamshire
The Rose Bowl, Southampton
 
Sun 29 – Wed 2
11:00 local, 10:00 GMT Surrey v Kent
Kennington Oval, London
 
Sun 29 – Wed 2
11:00 local, 10:00 GMT Sussex v Lancashire
County Ground, Hove
 
Sun 29 – Wed 2
11:00 local, 10:00 GMT Yorkshire v Durham
Headingley, Leeds
 
July 2008
Fri 11 – Mon 14
11:00 local, 10:00 GMT Durham v Somerset
Riverside Ground, Chester-le-Street
 
Fri 11 – Mon 14
11:00 local, 10:00 GMT Hampshire v Lancashire
The Rose Bowl, Southampton
 
Fri 11 – Mon 14
11:00 local, 10:00 GMT Kent v Yorkshire
St Lawrence Ground, Canterbury
 
Fri 11 – Mon 14
11:00 local, 10:00 GMT Nottinghamshire v Surrey
Trent Bridge, Nottingham
 
Wed 16 – Sat 19
11:00 local, 10:00 GMT Somerset v Kent
County Ground, Taunton
 
Wed 16 – Sat 19
11:00 local, 10:00 GMT Surrey v Durham
Woodbridge Road, Guildford
 
Wed 16 – Sat 19
11:00 local, 10:00 GMT Sussex v Hampshire
Arundel Castle Cricket Club Ground
 
Tue 22 – Fri 25
11:00 local, 10:00 GMT Lancashire v Hampshire
Old Trafford, Manchester
 
Tue 22 – Fri 25
11:00 local, 10:00 GMT Nottinghamshire v Yorkshire
Trent Bridge, Nottingham
 
Wed 30 – Sat 2
11:00 local, 10:00 GMT Kent v Hampshire
St Lawrence Ground, Canterbury
 
Wed 30 – Sat 2
11:00 local, 10:00 GMT Nottinghamshire v Durham
Trent Bridge, Nottingham
 
Wed 30 – Sat 2
11:00 local, 10:00 GMT Sussex v Somerset
Cricket Field Road Ground, Horsham
 
Wed 30 – Sat 2
11:00 local, 10:00 GMT Yorkshire v Surrey
Headingley, Leeds
 
August 2008
Wed 6 – Sat 9
11:00 local, 10:00 GMT Durham v Kent
Riverside Ground, Chester-le-Street
 
Wed 6 – Sat 9
11:00 local, 10:00 GMT Hampshire v Yorkshire
The Rose Bowl, Southampton
 
Wed 6 – Sat 9
11:00 local, 10:00 GMT Lancashire v Sussex
Old Trafford, Manchester
 
Wed 6 – Sat 9
11:00 local, 10:00 GMT Somerset v Nottinghamshire
County Ground, Taunton
 
Tue 12 – Fri 15
11:00 local, 10:00 GMT Durham v Nottinghamshire
Riverside Ground, Chester-le-Street
 
Tue 12 – Fri 15
11:00 local, 10:00 GMT Lancashire v Yorkshire
Old Trafford, Manchester
 
Tue 12 – Fri 15
11:00 local, 10:00 GMT Somerset v Surrey
County Ground, Taunton
 
Tue 19 – Fri 22
11:00 local, 10:00 GMT Hampshire v Somerset
The Rose Bowl, Southampton
 
Wed 20 – Sat 23
11:00 local, 10:00 GMT Kent v Lancashire
St Lawrence Ground, Canterbury
 
Wed 20 – Sat 23
11:00 local, 10:00 GMT Surrey v Sussex
Kennington Oval, London
 
Wed 27 – Sat 30
11:00 local, 10:00 GMT Hampshire v Durham
The Rose Bowl, Southampton
 
Wed 27 – Sat 30
11:00 local, 10:00 GMT Lancashire v Surrey
Stanley Park, Blackpool
 
Wed 27 – Sat 30
11:00 local, 10:00 GMT Sussex v Nottinghamshire
County Ground, Hove
 
Wed 27 – Sat 30
11:00 local, 10:00 GMT Yorkshire v Kent
North Marine Road Ground, Scarborough
 
September 2008
Wed 3 – Sat 6
10:30 local, 09:30 GMT Durham v Lancashire
Riverside Ground, Chester-le-Street
 
Wed 3 – Sat 6
10:30 local, 09:30 GMT Nottinghamshire v Somerset
Trent Bridge, Nottingham
 
Wed 3 – Sat 6
10:30 local, 09:30 GMT Yorkshire v Sussex
North Marine Road Ground, Scarborough
 
Thu 4 – Sun 7
10:30 local, 09:30 GMT Kent v Surrey
St Lawrence Ground, Canterbury
 
Tue 9 – Fri 12
10:30 local, 09:30 GMT Somerset v Durham
County Ground, Taunton
 
Tue 9 – Fri 12
10:30 local, 09:30 GMT Surrey v Hampshire
Kennington Oval, London
 
Wed 17 – Sat 20
10:30 local, 09:30 GMT Durham v Sussex
Riverside Ground, Chester-le-Street
 
Wed 17 – Sat 20
10:30 local, 09:30 GMT Lancashire v Kent
Aigburth, Liverpool
 
Wed 17 – Sat 20
10:30 local, 09:30 GMT Surrey v Nottinghamshire
Kennington Oval, London
 
Wed 17 – Sat 20
10:30 local, 09:30 GMT Yorkshire v Somerset
Headingley, Leeds
 
Wed 24 – Sat 27
10:30 local, 09:30 GMT Kent v Durham
St Lawrence Ground, Canterbury
 
Wed 24 – Sat 27
10:30 local, 09:30 GMT Nottinghamshire v Hampshire
Trent Bridge, Nottingham
 
Wed 24 – Sat 27
10:30 local, 09:30 GMT Somerset v Lancashire
County Ground, Taunton
 
Wed 24 – Sat 27
10:30 local, 09:30 GMT Sussex v Yorkshire
County Ground, Hove
 
County Championship Division Two, 2008

April 2008
Wed 16 – Sat 19
11:00 local, 10:00 GMT Essex v Northamptonshire
County Ground, Chelmsford
 
Wed 16 – Sat 19
11:00 local, 10:00 GMT Gloucestershire v Derbyshire
County Ground, Bristol
 
Wed 16 – Sat 19
11:00 local, 10:00 GMT Leicestershire v Middlesex
Grace Road, Leicester
 
Wed 16 – Sat 19
11:00 local, 10:00 GMT Warwickshire v Worcestershire
Edgbaston, Birmingham
 
Wed 23 – Sat 26
11:00 local, 10:00 GMT Derbyshire v Essex
County Ground, Derby
 
Wed 23 – Sat 26
11:00 local, 10:00 GMT Middlesex v Glamorgan
Lord’s, London
 
Wed 23 – Sat 26
11:00 local, 10:00 GMT Northamptonshire v Warwickshire
County Ground, Northampton
 
Wed 23 – Sat 26
11:00 local, 10:00 GMT Worcestershire v Leicestershire
County Ground, New Road, Worcester
 
Tue 29 – Fri 2
11:00 local, 10:00 GMT Gloucestershire v Glamorgan
County Ground, Bristol
 
Tue 29 – Fri 2
11:00 local, 10:00 GMT Warwickshire v Leicestershire
Edgbaston, Birmingham
 
Wed 30 – Sat 3
11:00 local, 10:00 GMT Northamptonshire v Worcestershire
County Ground, Northampton
 
May 2008
Wed 7 – Sat 10
11:00 local, 10:00 GMT Derbyshire v Warwickshire
County Ground, Derby
 
Wed 7 – Sat 10
11:00 local, 10:00 GMT Essex v Middlesex
County Ground, Chelmsford
 
Tue 13 – Fri 16
11:00 local, 10:00 GMT Leicestershire v Northamptonshire
Grace Road, Leicester
 
Wed 14 – Sat 17
11:00 local, 10:00 GMT Glamorgan v Derbyshire
Sophia Gardens, Cardiff
 
Wed 14 – Sat 17
11:00 local, 10:00 GMT Worcestershire v Gloucestershire
County Ground, New Road, Worcester
 
Wed 21 – Sat 24
11:00 local, 10:00 GMT Essex v Leicestershire
County Ground, Chelmsford
 
Wed 21 – Sat 24
11:00 local, 10:00 GMT Glamorgan v Northamptonshire
St Helen’s, Swansea
 
Wed 21 – Sat 24
11:00 local, 10:00 GMT Warwickshire v Middlesex
Edgbaston, Birmingham
 
Fri 30 – Mon 2
11:00 local, 10:00 GMT Gloucestershire v Warwickshire
Archdeacon Meadow, Gloucester
 
Fri 30 – Mon 2
11:00 local, 10:00 GMT Leicestershire v Glamorgan
Grace Road, Leicester
 
Fri 30 – Mon 2
11:00 local, 10:00 GMT Middlesex v Derbyshire
Lord’s, London
 
Fri 30 – Mon 2
11:00 local, 10:00 GMT Worcestershire v Essex
County Ground, New Road, Worcester
 
June 2008
Fri 6 – Mon 9
11:00 local, 10:00 GMT Derbyshire v Worcestershire
Queen’s Park, Chesterfield
 
Fri 6 – Mon 9
11:00 local, 10:00 GMT Glamorgan v Warwickshire
Sophia Gardens, Cardiff
 
Fri 6 – Mon 9
11:00 local, 10:00 GMT Middlesex v Essex
Lord’s, London
 
Fri 6 – Mon 9
11:00 local, 10:00 GMT Northamptonshire v Gloucestershire
County Ground, Northampton
 
Sun 29 – Wed 2
11:00 local, 10:00 GMT Essex v Derbyshire
County Ground, Chelmsford
 
Sun 29 – Wed 2
11:00 local, 10:00 GMT Leicestershire v Worcestershire
Grace Road, Leicester
 
Sun 29 – Wed 2
11:00 local, 10:00 GMT Middlesex v Northamptonshire
Uxbridge Cricket Club Ground
 
Sun 29 – Wed 2
11:00 local, 10:00 GMT Warwickshire v Gloucestershire
Edgbaston, Birmingham
 
July 2008
Thu 10 – Sun 13
11:00 local, 10:00 GMT Worcestershire v Northamptonshire
County Ground, New Road, Worcester
 
Fri 11 – Mon 14
11:00 local, 10:00 GMT Derbyshire v Leicestershire
County Ground, Derby
 
Fri 11 – Mon 14
11:00 local, 10:00 GMT Glamorgan v Essex
Sophia Gardens, Cardiff
 
Fri 11 – Mon 14
11:00 local, 10:00 GMT Gloucestershire v Middlesex
County Ground, Bristol
 
Wed 16 – Sat 19
11:00 local, 10:00 GMT Middlesex v Warwickshire
Uxbridge Cricket Club Ground
 
Wed 16 – Sat 19
11:00 local, 10:00 GMT Northamptonshire v Derbyshire
County Ground, Northampton
 
Thu 17 – Sun 20
11:00 local, 10:00 GMT Worcestershire v Glamorgan
County Ground, New Road, Worcester
 
Tue 22 – Fri 25
11:00 local, 10:00 GMT Essex v Gloucestershire
County Ground, Chelmsford
 
Tue 22 – Fri 25
11:00 local, 10:00 GMT Middlesex v Worcestershire
Lord’s, London
 
Tue 22 – Fri 25
11:00 local, 10:00 GMT Northamptonshire v Leicestershire
County Ground, Northampton
 
Wed 30 – Sat 2
11:00 local, 10:00 GMT Derbyshire v Northamptonshire
Queen’s Park, Chesterfield
 
Wed 30 – Sat 2
11:00 local, 10:00 GMT Essex v Glamorgan
Garon’s Park, Southend-on-Sea
 
Wed 30 – Sat 2
11:00 local, 10:00 GMT Gloucestershire v Worcestershire
College Ground, Cheltenham
 
Wed 30 – Sat 2
11:00 local, 10:00 GMT Leicestershire v Warwickshire
Grace Road, Leicester
 
August 2008
Wed 6 – Sat 9
11:00 local, 10:00 GMT Glamorgan v Middlesex
Colwyn Bay Cricket Club Ground
 
Wed 6 – Sat 9
11:00 local, 10:00 GMT Gloucestershire v Leicestershire
College Ground, Cheltenham
 
Wed 6 – Sat 9
11:00 local, 10:00 GMT Worcestershire v Derbyshire
County Ground, New Road, Worcester
 
Thu 7 – Sun 10
11:00 local, 10:00 GMT Warwickshire v Northamptonshire
Edgbaston, Birmingham
 
Tue 12 – Fri 15
11:00 local, 10:00 GMT Derbyshire v Middlesex
County Ground, Derby
 
Tue 12 – Fri 15
11:00 local, 10:00 GMT Glamorgan v Gloucestershire
Sophia Gardens, Cardiff
 
Tue 12 – Fri 15
11:00 local, 10:00 GMT Warwickshire v Essex
Edgbaston, Birmingham
 
Tue 19 – Fri 22
11:00 local, 10:00 GMT Gloucestershire v Northamptonshire
County Ground, Bristol
 
Wed 20 – Sat 23
11:00 local, 10:00 GMT Essex v Worcestershire
Castle Park Cricket Ground, Colchester
 
Wed 20 – Sat 23
11:00 local, 10:00 GMT Middlesex v Leicestershire
Lord’s, London
 
Wed 27 – Sat 30
11:00 local, 10:00 GMT Leicestershire v Essex
Grace Road, Leicester
 
Wed 27 – Sat 30
11:00 local, 10:00 GMT Northamptonshire v Glamorgan
County Ground, Northampton
 
Wed 27 – Sat 30
11:00 local, 10:00 GMT Warwickshire v Derbyshire
Edgbaston, Birmingham
 
September 2008
Tue 2 – Fri 5
10:30 local, 09:30 GMT Derbyshire v Glamorgan
County Ground, Derby
 
Tue 2 – Fri 5
10:30 local, 09:30 GMT Worcestershire v Warwickshire
County Ground, New Road, Worcester
 
Wed 3 – Sat 6
10:30 local, 09:30 GMT Middlesex v Gloucestershire
Lord’s, London
 
Tue 9 – Fri 12
10:30 local, 09:30 GMT Leicestershire v Gloucestershire
Grace Road, Leicester
 
Tue 9 – Fri 12
10:30 local, 09:30 GMT Northamptonshire v Essex
County Ground, Northampton
 
Wed 10 – Sat 13
10:30 local, 09:30 GMT Glamorgan v Worcestershire
Sophia Gardens, Cardiff
 
Wed 17 – Sat 20
10:30 local, 09:30 GMT Derbyshire v Gloucestershire
County Ground, Derby
 
Wed 17 – Sat 20
10:30 local, 09:30 GMT Essex v Warwickshire
County Ground, Chelmsford
 
Wed 17 – Sat 20
10:30 local, 09:30 GMT Glamorgan v Leicestershire
Sophia Gardens, Cardiff
 
Wed 17 – Sat 20
10:30 local, 09:30 GMT Worcestershire v Middlesex
County Ground, New Road, Worcester
 
Wed 24 – Sat 27
10:30 local, 09:30 GMT Gloucestershire v Essex
County Ground, Bristol
 
Wed 24 – Sat 27
10:30 local, 09:30 GMT  Leicestershire v Derbyshire
Grace Road, Leicester
 
Wed 24 – Sat 27
10:30 local, 09:30 GMT Northamptonshire v Middlesex
County Ground, Northampton
 
Wed 24 – Sat 27
10:30 local, 09:30 GMT Warwickshire v Glamorgan
Edgbaston, Birmingham
 

Friends Provident Trophy Final Durham v Hampshire

Hampshire won the toss and chose to field first, a decision they were going to regret especially after Kyle Coetzer and Shiv Chanderpaul put on a 111 run partnership off 119 balls for the 3rd wicket. At this stage, Durham were 180-3 off 32 overs and looking like a total of 270 would be in the equation. Six overs later, Chanderpaul was run out, for 78 off 79 balls including 8 fours and 2 sixes. The captain, Dale Benkenstein came to the crease and helped to put on a 58 run partnership for the 5th wicket before Collingwood was out for a painful 22 off 35 balls, a really slow innings in comparison to the rest of the side. Durham was placed nicely with 278 on the board and 13 balls to go.

Otis Gibson came to join Benkenstein in the middle as the non-striker and a single off the last ball meant he would wait a little longer to face his first ball. In the 48th over Tremlett managed to get a dot ball in and only allow a single to Benkenstein off the second ball before Gibson faced his first ball, which he carted for a six and then smashed a four off the next ball. Tremlett not being too pleased with this sent down a life flashing before your eyes beamer that had Gibson ducking for cover. Gibson managed 3 runs off Tremlett’s last 2 balls bringing up 16 runs for the over.

Powell was given the honour to bowl the last over and must have thought he was onto something with 3 singles off his first 3 balls. However, Benkenstein had other ideas. He finished the innings off with a six and two fours, bringing the total to 312/5 a record for a FP trophy final. Benkenstein ended up with 61 off 43 balls.

Hampshire knew that a good start would be vital and it was a dream start if you were a Durham supporter as Gibson, probably the oldest opening bowler ever in county cricket snapped up Michael Lumb with the first ball of the match and Ervine with the second ball. Hampshire were going nowhere after a start like this and just to ensure that there would be no revival Gibson picked up his third wicket in the 9th over which happened to be Kevin Pietersen leaving them reeling at 17-3 after 9 overs.

There was some resistance from JP Crawley and the rain which appeared just after Crawley was bowled by Collingwood. The reserve day had to be used, which allowed Hampshire to resume on Sunday where they left off at 153/5 chasing 160 off 18 overs. They managed 34 runs for the last 5 wickets and took a massive 125 run defeat at the hands of Durham. Nicky Pothas again re-enforced why I think he should be the first choice keeper for England with a handy 47 runs off 52 balls, the second highest score for Hampshire.

County Championship Stats for SA players

English County Cricket has been flooded by South Africans looking to make money and gain experience. In the County Championship, the 4 day competition, there have been some great performances. The players mentioned below are in the top 50 for most runs scored and wickets taken in the County Championship Division one.

On the Batting side it’s unsurprising that Dale Benkenstein has scored the second most runs in the season after Mark Ramprekash who has scored 1156 at an average of 89. Dale has made 836 runs with two hundreds and five fifties at an average of 60. Jacques Rudolph is in 8th spot scoring 713 runs with two hundreds and two fifties at n average of 51. Martin van Jaarsveld has 599 runs, averaging 43. Nic Pothas who must be one of the unluckiest keepers around has shown he is no monkey with the bat getting 476 runs so far and averaging 53!!!

On the Bowling side Ryan Mclaren is 8th on the list picking up 31 wickets at average of 25. Dale Steyn has got 23 scalps at an average of 26 as well, but has played 3 games less than Mclaren. Further down the list is Andrew Hall who has got 15 wickets at an average of 41. Interestingly he is just below Chris Tremlett who has been picked for England to face India. Tremlett has picked up 15 wickets at an average of 37 which makes him look on paper as a fairly innocuous player. He is 6ft 7 so that definitely has worked in his favour. Otis Gibson at 38 years old is third on the list behind Mushtaq Ahmed and Naved-ul-Hasan with an average of 26!!! He should have been used to bolster West Indies when they faced England last month!!!

Included in the County Championship Division two Top 50 most runs scored are: Lance Klusener with 687 runs at an average of 49 with two hundreds and three fifties. HD Ackerman has 632 runs an average of 40 and 3 hundreds and 1 fifty to his name. Johan van der Wath sneaked into the top 50 with 321 runs averaging 27 with 3 fifties.

On the bowling side Charl Willoughby is 4th on the list having picked up 40 wickets averaging 27. Ant Botha has got 30 wickets averaging 34 followed by Johan van der Wath on 27 averaging 28. Lance Klusener has 13 wickets averaging 51 Andre Nel has 10 wickets with an average of 39.

There have been some solid performances by the South Africans and many supporters will be wishing that Benkenstein could represent SA and try bring some consistency to their middle order in the test match format. Surprisingly Claude Henderson has not appeared on the list not has Garnet Kruger or Charl Langeveldt all of whom play for Leicestershire.

England vs India 2nd Test Day 3 Preview

India are 259/3 going into the start of day 3.  Tendulkar and Ganguly are at the wicket with Laxman and Dhoni still to come before the tail starts. England have been chasing leather and need to get some control in the first session today, if they cant pick up a wicket,  expect to see India at 350 plus at lunch.

The positive side for England is that India has a monster tail. As said previously, England has great bowlers for a county side and they could clean up the less talented tail with innocuous deliveries that the top order would smirk at. However if England can make an early breakthrough before lunch and try restrict the Indians scoring, India could be out for 370 which is a score England will be more that happy with.

I predict Tendulkar posting a big hundred with support from Ganguly and Laxman. Dhoni will behave like he is part of the tail swinging at everything however today he will not be as lucky as previously and will be out for less than twenty, whilst the rest of the tail is cleaned up for under thirty. Essentially England need to get three wickets cheaply and things will fall apart for the Indians. I don’t see it happening and I see Tendulkar walking into lunch with a hundred to his name.

The only thing I am not sure of is what the weather will be like as there was plenty of rain about England last night so if Trent Bridge has been graced with more rain the English will be smiling. More than likely it will be an overcast day and hopefully Sidebottom who I rte highly can the ball in the right place. He can be a very good bowler if he gets his line and length right but seems to be a “form” bowler and can either delight or disgust the supporters.