Yorkshire Bank 40 2013: Big Winners from This Summer's Competition

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Yorkshire Bank 40 2013: Big Winners from This Summer's Competition
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The 2013 Yorkshire Bank 40 competition draws to a close at Lord's on Saturday with Glamorgan and Nottinghamshire contesting the destination of the final trophy of the summer.

The tie is the the culmination of a summer-long tournament that has witnessed many outstanding individual performances.

With important international challenges ahead in Australia this winter and followed by the 2015 World Cup, selectors have more than half an eye on the outstanding performers of domestic cricket.

Which players, then, have emerged as the real winners of the Yorkshire Bank 40 this year?

 

Luke Wright (Sussex)

One of English cricket's great unfulfilled talents at international level, Luke Wright struck three centuries in eight innings in the competition this summer to finish with an average of 62.75 per BBC Sport.

A member of England's recent ODI and Twenty20 squads, Wright averages just 21 and 20 in both international forms of the game. As a consequence, his place with England has been continually questioned.

However, his 40-over performances for Sussex this summer, combined with an unbeaten 143 against Bangladesh A for England Lions, may just have afforded him a place in the limited overs squads in Australia this winter.

At 28, Wright is no-longer a young prospect and, while he has had a good summer, he must now come good on his considerable talent for England if he is to reach his full potential.

 

Gary Ballance (Yorkshire)

After one century and three 50s at an average of 60.86 this summer, per BBC Sport, Yorkshire left-hander Gary Ballance has well and truly played himself into England contention.

Add in a first-class career average of more than 50 and two centuries for England Lions this summer and it becomes clear that Zimbabwe-born Ballance is a real talent of the county game.

The 23-year-old's ODI debut against Ireland last month ended with a duck, but he is now on the radar of the England selectors. A 139 against the Unicorns at Headingley was a particular highlight of the summer.

Ballance scores quickly, with a career strike-rate of 92 in List A cricket per ESPNCricinfo, and looks set for an England career in both Test and ODI formats.

 

Craig Meschede (Somerset)

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South Africa-born Craig Meschede has had an excellent summer in the Yorkshire Bank 40, taking 22 wickets at an average of 21.7 per BBC Sport.

Just 21 years old and playing the majority of his cricket on the batsman-friendly pitch at Taunton, Meschede has emerged from the season with good figures in all forms of the game—having also taken 21 championship wickets at 23.86.

Per Bath Chronicle, Meschede credits the guidance of experienced teammate Alfonso Thomas for his improvement this summer and has the wickets of Michael Clarke, Shivnarine Chanderpaul and Hashim Amla to show for his exertions.

Following an injury-hit season in 2012, the young fast bowler has responded well and looks set for bigger things over the next couple of seasons.


Chris Jordan (Sussex)

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Eleven wickets at an average of 22 saw Chris Jordan impress in the Yorkshire Bank 40 this season, adding to his impressive County Championship form and earning him a place in the England setup for recent ODI fixtures.

Jordan started just once against Australia in a rain-affected series, but a return of 3-51 may just be enough to earn him a place for the return ODI series down under this winter.

A haul of 3-20 against Northamptonshire in May, per Sky Sports, gave Jordan new career-best bowling figures in the format and he has gone from strength-to-strength ever since.

One of the few genuinely quick bowlers that England can look to in the coming years, he has catapulted himself into the international reckoning this season.

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