Tuesday, 19 February 2013

New Zealand BC Opening Partners

And that is the key to this post, opening partners in first class cricket and beyond.  After posting my Tom Latham post I got to thinking about how effective opening partnerships in international cricket have been of late, and then gone to Plunket Shield to plumb the depths of our opening partnership stocks.

The first thing that caught my is is the fact the two leading teams in the competition lead the averages in opening partnerships, Otago and CD.  And you'd expect the remainder to be close in relation to their current position on the points table and that is largely true, but bucking the trend is 3rd placed ND which in fact tails in averages.

The standout pairing of Rutherford/Redmond have managed to score 4 century opening partnerships, one more than second placed CD.  Wellington has the highest partnership, and Canterbury has the ignominy of having 3 of four scoreless partnerships.

So what is my point?  As alluded to earlier, there is one real shortfall in the BC road to success and that's opening partnerships,  Dare it be mentioned Redmond and Rutherford be drafted in as full time openers?  I know How is on the outer and Raval is a relatively unknown and unproven but6 really something has to be done and a team within a team that is proven would be the logical way to go.

The stats (in order of averages not points table position)



Opening Partnership stats Plunket Shield 2012/13







Team Otago CD Wellington Canterbury Auckland ND
186 13 102 6 14 18
54 3 1 1 15 103
6 51 59 28 42 51
1 51 211 77 72 54
41 7 13 0 53 29
22 22 50 82 50 5
3 14 5 4 1 9
120 22 4 37 71 2
103 89 6 28 5 28
16 107 2 0 1 1
4 11 56 0 49 16
37 7 6 81 4 63
10 10 9 131 72 37
38 173 37 95 0 5
63 33 78 4 26 4
111 145 5 19 41 64
22 1 3
3
815 758 666 597 516 492
16 16 17 18 16 17
50.94 47.38 39.18 33.17 32.25 28.94

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