Friends Life Twenty20 2011 - Top Four Bowlers
Following an exceptional run at the limited overs event, Leicestershire finally wrapped up the much elongated, Friends Life Twenty20 (T20) tournament after delivering a competitive 18 runs defeat to Somerset.
However, since its initial kick off on July 1, 2011, the tournament served its audience with some thrilling performance from its participants and their much able players.
This excerpt comes as recap to the competitions top four highest wicket taking bowlers, including Tim Phillips (Essex), Danny Briggs (Hampshire), Harry Gurney (Leicestershire) and Darren Pattinshon (Nottinghamshire).
Team Essex’s Tim Phillips marks the summit on the Friends Life T20 tournament’s highest wicket taker. From a lot of 15 matches, the left armed bowler secured a notable sum of 26 wickets, including his best performance of 4 for 22.
Phillips premiered his first class cricket career in 1999 following which he went on to play for numerous English domestic sides including Durham MCCU, England Under-19s, Essex, Essex 2nd XI, and Essex Cricket Club.
Phillips’ T20 career kicked off in 2006 against Kent after which the bowler added a total of 48 fixtures to his profile, earning a fair aggregate of 42 wickets.
Hampshire’s 20-year-old Danny Briggs comes in as the second highest wicket taker on the competition, securing a tally of 23 wickets from 16 matches. From the lot, Briggs managed to earn a notable top innings performance in match against Durham on August
7, earning 5 wickets for a minor give away worth 19 runs. The haul turned out to be Briggs’ career best under the limited overs format.
With a budding cricket career, the youngster has played 31 first class matches, with a total of 109 wickets, followed by an impressive T20 profile including 41 matches, bagging a total of 59 wickets.
Apart from the player’s representation for Hampshire, Briggs has also played for Berkshire, England Lions, and Hampshire 2nd XI.
Not only as a member of the tournament winning team, Leicestershire, Harry Gurney had more reasons to celebrate after earning the third spot on the highest wicket taker’s roster.
The player earned 23 wickets from his participation for Leicestershire in 14 matches at average of 15.39.
Apart from his career with Leicestershire, as a right arm fast bowler, Gurney has also served with Leeds/ Bradford MCU and Leicestershire 2nd XI.
With a minor cricketing profile to his name, Gurney has played 28 T20 matches, marking an impressive aggregate of 33 wickets.
With another bag of 23 wickets, Nottinghamshire’s Darren Pattinson lands on the fourth highest wicket taker’s spot on the competition.
The right arm fast bowler marked his presence in 16 matches, delivering some impressive overs at an economy rate 8.13.
Pattinson is the elder brother of Australia’s young spearhear, James Pattinson, and holds a colourful cricketing career, both international as well as domestic.
Representing England in his career’s one-off Test match, Pattinson marked his international cricket debut in mid 2008, against the South Africans.
Coming to the player’s domestic T20 career, Pattinson has played an aggregate of 48 matches including a total of 58 wickets.