Last season we saw the emergence of three players who looked the part. T.Darden, B.Allen and M.Jenkins took WCC by storm and looked to have established themselves as the ones to look out for in the years to come. But this season all three have been below par, and off the mark, losing some of their mana along the way.
How will these players go in future seasons? Were they one hit wonders? Or was it just a disease that effects all second year players known as second year syndrome?
This season IMO, saw two new players emerge that could perhaps be the exception to this rule. The of Ismael Nelson of Western Province, O Clarke of Canterbury, Daniel Howarth of Warwickshire and M Ramage of ACT.
Nelson was the key man in Province turn around in their four day compaign. WP looked up the creek with no paddle at the half way stage but staged a remarkable revival, only to miss by a nose. He took 58 wickets at 18, including 4 5 wicket haul. He is indeed to watch out...
Clarke like Nelson played in division 4. He picked up 66 wickets at 17, and Canterbury would thank him most for their championship success. In one dayers he was their leading bowler again with 23 wickets. Clarke is all ready one of the best all rounders in WCC. Give him a few more seasons and he'll right up there with Stratton and Jones.
Howarth and Ramage coming soon... [i]