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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.

Round up on County Championship Performances 2-5 May

Derbyshire batted first and amassed 801, with centuries from the Australians, Simon Katich (221) and Ian Harvey (153) as well as South African, Ant Botha who reached 101. Charl Willoughby picked up 1-87 in 31 overs. Derbyshire managed 530 in their reply, with Willoughby picking up 23* off 23 balls. They were asked to follow on, scoring 309/4 and the match was drawn.

Essex batted first against Northamptonshire making 334 in their first innings. For some reason Johan van der Wath bowled 3 overs for 6 runs and no more, one must assume he was injured. Lance Klusener picked up 2-54 in 25. Northamptonshire managed 416 in reply with Klusener making 8 whilst van der Wath was 6 short of a century, making 94.  If he was injured, he recovered quickly as he came back to bowl in the second innings, taking 1-32 in 11. Klusener picked up 1-29 in ten. Essex managed 190, which was never going to be enough and Northamptonshire reached their target of 109 with 4 wickets down. Andre Nel picked up 1-20 in his 12 overs to compliment his 3-62 off 26.2 in the first innings. Nel is a very good signing for Essex and showed haul in many wickets this season.

Gloucestershire batted first against Leicestershire, reaching 507 in their first innings. The South Africans, Claude Henderson and Charl Langeveldt did not contribute any wickets in either innings, although it seems that Henderson was injured as he didn’t bat in Leicestershire’s first innings. HD Ackerman finally came to the party for Leicestershire, and managed to make 59. Gloucestershire posted 249/4 off 51.2 and set Leicestershire 380 to win. Leicestershire were in trouble at 218/7 when the match ended. HD Ackerman made 28 in his second innings and might be finding some form. Ackerman has an average a shade under 45 at first class level and can be very dangerous.

Warwickshire posted 610/8 declared in their first innings against Worcestershire, with their wicket keeper Tim Ambrose reaching 251*. Heath Streak managed 66 and Tim Groenewald reached 13*. This was a massive total for Worcestershire to chase and they only managed 288 in their first innings and were asked to follow on, and only got 209, thus losing by an innings and 113 runs. Dale Steyn picked 3-56 in the first innings and 5-49 in the second. Heath Streak picked up 2 wickets in each innings going for 33 in the first and 29 in the second.

Phil Jacques might have been chuckling after Steyn sent him back to the pavilion on both occasions, knowing that South Africa’s best bowler has been over in England and not anywhere near the Caribbean!!! Dale Steyn has something the rest of the South African attack lacks, and that is pace. It won’t be any surprise to see Steyn being the leading wicket taker at the end of the season.

Kent batted first against Sussex, scoring 368. Martin van Jaarsveld didn’t help much only making 6 for Kent whilst Ryan Mclaren doubled his score getting run out on 12, he wasn’t much use as a batsman either. Mclaren made up for it when Sussex came out to bat picking up 4-12 in 7.3 with 3 no balls!!! Sussex crumbled to 102 all out and were just as pitiful in their second innings making 160. Mclaren picked up 1-19, whilst Simon Cook destroyed them taking 6-35 in 13.5 Kent won by an innings and 105 runs.

Yorkshire batted first against Hampshire and were skittled out for 299, with only Younis Khan really being useful, making 106. Jacques Rudolph made a paltry 3 runs. Hampshire didn’t assert dominance on their score reaching 296 all out with Nic Pothas again performing, making 70*. Lumb only made 5. In the second innings, Yorkshire got it right posting 439/4 leaving Yorkshire a target of 443. Khan made 202* Rudolph making 22 of them. Hampshire got to 366/8 with Pothas again helping out making 76*. The match was drawn.

England selectors should be smiling after this weeks matches, as there were plenty Wicketkeepers that made runs. Pothas should really be considered for the national side, although his age is against him. Ambrose and Brophy made centuries this week.