Sunday, 28 June 2009

Pepler who?

Perhaps you have perused the first-class bowling averages in the last few days. If you have, you will know who is currently the leading bowler in the country. If you haven't, you won't, and you'll never guess.

Stand up Warwickshire bowler, Stefan Piolet, who took 6-17 on debut against Durham UCCE a couple of weeks ago. He followed it up in the second innings with 4-26, to finish with match figures of 10 for 43, and a scarcely-credible average of 4.30. That's some debut. I don't know anything about Piolet because he doesn't even have a profile yet on Cricinfo.

Pepler Sandri, on the other hand, does. The previously unheard-of destroyer of the Australians is 'a South African of Italian and Namibian extraction' and has a middle name of Sacto.

The full details can be seen at

It's evidently the season for little-known, strangely-monikered fast bowlers. Who would bet against Graham Onions finishing the Ashes as England's leading wicket-taker?

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