Tuesday, August 1st, 2017

Whiteley And Clarke Amongst Leading T20 Blast Six Hitters

Whiteley And Clarke Amongst Leading T20 Blast Six Hitters

Worcestershire Rapids have two of the top five leading six hitters in the 2017 NatWest T20 Blast.

Middle order batsman Ross Whiteley and converted opener Joe Clarke have demonstrated awesome striking power for the Rapids.

Whiteley's powerful striking in white ball cricket has been well known for several years and he has cleared the fence on 17 occasions this summer.

His tally includes a never to be forgotten six sixes in an over from Yorkshire Vikings spinner Karl Carver at Headingley eight days ago.

The 28-year-old has continued in the vein which brought him 29 T20 Blast sixes in 2015 – a figure only equalled by Chris Gayle – and another 15 last year.

Clarke's emergence as a six hitter has happened this summer after he admitted to being disappointed with his contributions in the T20 Blast in 2016.

The England Lions player has struck 15 sixes – eight of them during Sunday's stunning 124 not out off 53 balls versus Durham Jets.

He also has the highest strike rate of the leading six hitters in the country – 196.05 per innings – and has scored 298 runs at an average of 49.66.

The leading T20 Blast six hitters are:

David Willey (Yorkshire) – Matches 7, Sixes 21

Colin Ingram (Glamorgan) – 7, 20

ROSS WHITELEY (Worcestershire) – 7, 17

Joe Denley (Kent) – 8, 17

JOE CLARKE (Worcestershire) – 7, 15

Ravi Bopara (Essex) – 8, 14

Brendon McCullum (Middlesex) – 9, 14

Eoin Morgan (Middlesex) – 9, 14

Aaron Finch (Surrey) – 6, 12

Varun Chopra (Essex) – 8, 12

Liam Livingstone (Lancashire) – 7, 12

Riki Wessels (Nottinghamshire) – 7, 12