Contributions by Overseas Players during the 2006 season
Thursday 5th October 2006

There has been much talk in the latter half of the season about the contribution of overseas players towards their teams' fortunes.

In the ECB Premier League, the star performer was Leigh's Graeme Rummans, whose 1403 runs was 33.41% of the team's total for the season. Colwyn Bay's Debasis Mohanty picked up 53 wickets (33.12%) in 208.2 overs (24.24%).

At Maghull, Kiran Powar hit 775 runs (20.61%) and took 50 wkts (36.23%) in 32.69% of the overs but the team still finished tenth in the table. Wallasey's young Australian, Simon Keen, bowled 25.25% of their overs in taking 38 wickets.

There were larger contributions in the First Division, where five bowlers bowled more than 30% of their team's overs. They were Rakesh Patel (35.31%), Chetnya Nanda (34.88%), Reon King (30.43%), Sanjay Pandey (35.75%) and Nilesh Kulkarni (32.82%).

Needless to say, all five took more than 40% of their team's wickets with Nanda's 106 wickets being 50.47% of the wickets taken by Hightown.

To date, in 110 matches, Pandey has taken 397 wickets (44.65%) from 1774 overs (34.85%) in his five years at St Helens whilst Kulkarni's record since 2002 in 100 matches is 383 wickets (40.96%) from 1786.1 overs (35.96%) for Hightown and Southport and Birkdale.

Only two teams, Lytham, who finished eleventh in the ECB Premier League, and Newton le Willows, eighth in the First Division, failed to have an overseas player.

For full details of overseas players for the 2006 season, click on the respective link - ECB Premier League, First Division.