LVCC: 36 wkts @ 33 & 532 runs @ 26, CB40: 13 wkts @ 23 & 29 runs @ 7, T20: 8 wkts @ 33 & 24 runs @ 8
As those number show, Batty was only to be considered an allrounder in Championship cricket, but his importance to the side is without question. When you watch a side with Gareth Batty in it, there's no doubt about who is the beating heart of the side, the one who peps everyone up when heads start to drop (it doesn't necessarily always work). He must be an intensely irritating person to play against, he's always buzzing around getting in everyone's ears, and that's part of what makes him important. That's not to say his cricketing abilities are negligible, in both the CB40 and the Championship his contributions were hugely important. His strike rate and economy were an improvement on last year and in the CB40 he was the most economical bowler of all, giving away just 4.7 runs an over. His value was never more apparent than during his spell of 2-35 in the final. He also had a canny knack of breaking partnerships, and coming up with runs when the team needed him most, his 49 in the first innings against Essex is a great example. His county cap during the final game at the Oval was richly deserved.
CB40: 11 wkts @ 27 & 424 runs @ 53, T20: 16 runs @ 5
LVCC: 5 wkts @ 46 & 179 runs @ 59, CB40: 17 wkts @ 23 & 246 runs @ 35, T20: 3 wkts @ 61 & 37 runs @ 18
|Schofield: Gradual improvement|
LVCC: 6 wkts @ 26 & 43 runs @ 7, CB40: 4 wkts @ 42 & 47 runs @ 23, T20: 4 wkts @ 55 & 108 runs @ 36
I wrote at the start of the season that I was particularly interested to see the progress of Ansari after his impressive debut against Sussex in the CB40. I couldn't have hoped that he'd be as good as he was though, and the fact that he'll be missing from the early part of the season to continue his studies at Cambridge is a real shame (not for him, obviously). He only played three Championship games but if there was a more vital wicket this season than Ansari's wicket of Rob Key as he was ushering Kent towards victory, I can't recall it. He saved his most impressive performances for the Twenty20 during which he was the second most economical bowler and played some very important knocks with the bat - only Davies scored his runs faster. His returns in the CB40 weren't so good but his bowling in the final confirmed what the T20s hinted at - he has the coolest of cool heads, hugely impressive for a 19 year old. He's also one of the best boundary fielders around. Another at the club from whom there is so much more to come in the coming years.
LVCC: 11 wkts @ 48 & 228 runs @ 28, CB40: 1 wkt @ 92
Just a solitary performance for promising allrounder Tom Jewell this season resulting in a single wicket and six runs in the win over Derbyshire in May. He doesn't look as quick as Jordan or as powerful with the bat but could yet end up a more reliable option. Hard to see where he fits into a side on a regular basis in 2012 though.