AS with all true fans, Cricki Leaks has long been a fan of cricket statistics.
Averages, aggregates, strike rates - you name it, this column has measured and considered it.
As the 2012-13 season approaches its climax, Cricki Leaks has turned its mathematical mind to the ODCA’s competitions.
After countless late nights sifting through numbers and spreadsheets, several statistical anomalies have come to light.
Here’s a sample.
Cricki Leaks’ favourite son Ned Morrish may be demolishing second grade batting line-ups, but we wonder: does the burly Kiwi know which end of the bat is which himself?
Four lower grade matches into his stint with Orange City, Morrish’s 16 scalps have him boasting the amazing bowling average of 7.44.
Surely he can beat that figure with the bat?
Alas, alas, poor Ned has battled to an average of 7.25 with the willow, including two duck eggs in as many digs since Christmas.
Cricki Leaks graciously welcomes him to the ranks of the “hackers”.
As the old joke goes, Kinross mentor Chris Gavin knows how to bowl a maiden over.
The orthodox spinner has thus far bowled a sizeable 81.2 overs across all ODCA competitions in the 2012-13 season.
Of these, 25, or 30.78 per cent, have been run-less.
His frugal piece de resistance was undoubtedly his 0-3 off eight overs against Centrals on October 27 last year, which included five maidens.
To be fair,Gavin is just as tight with the bat in hand, with his scores of 4, 7, 5, 7, 6, 6 and 2 confirming what Cricki Leaks has long suspected - it’s a game for the bowlers.
Best of luck to any Centrals bowlers hoping to prise the ball out of Anthony Salmon’s hands in the coming weeks.
The second grade “speedster” has sent down a whopping 122 overs in 14 games this campaign, despite the limitations of one-day rules in more than half of those fixtures.
That’s 33.2 overs more than his nearest teammate, Roshan Eiseman.
Predictably, Salmon’s 30 wickets, highlighted by a spell of 6-46 against Waratahs, dwarfs all other Centrals bowlers.
Also predictably, the opening bowler got through 20.3 overs when given the captaincy during last round’s outright loss to Metro Wanderers.
n Cricki Leaks was amazed to discover that young Cavaliers all-rounder Harry Taberner has taken to the ODCA field in no less than 16 matches this season.
What stamina - stick a moustache on the lad and he’d be Robert De Castella.
Taberner has seen action in first, second and third grade cricket on Saturdays, as well as running on to Wade Park on a Friday night for the Royal Hotel Cup.
A highest score of 59, best bowling figures of 3-17 and an incredible four catches in an innings against Orange City are testament to Taberner’s feats of quality, as well as quantity.
Orange CYMS selectors will have spent the past week patting themselves on the back after their first grade side won through to next week’s Royal Hotel Cup decider.
Cricki Leaks generously offers this piece of advice to ensure victory - change your bowlers.
Statistical analysis reveals that none of the club’s most economical trundlers have run in to the Twenty20 crease this season.
Tom Evans (2.05 runs per over), Nadeem Ashraf (2.60), Dom Maley (3.09), James ‘Middle Earth’ Gough (3.13) and Lan Snowden (3.16) boast the club’s best economy rates for 2012-13.
If they’re chosen and bowl true to their records, they’ll restrict the opposition to just 112 runs from 20 overs.
You make the changes, Cricki Leaks will build the trophy cabinet.