The WCL tournament in Nairobi finally gave us an opportunity to see all the leading Associates players in action against each other and hence produce more meaningful rankings. And what a difference it did make to our batting and bowling rankings - players previously well to the fore dropped down the lists, while some new faces jumped to the top.
Ashish Bagai of Canada (right), who wasn't even in the top 30 batsmen prior to Nairobi, now sits 58 points clear of everyone at the head of the batting list. Bagai was chosen, quite rightly, as the Player of the tournament in Nairobi after a run of high scores. Eoin Morgan of Ireland moves up three places to second, while Ryan ten Doeschate of The Netherlands drops one place to third. Previous leader, Ryan Watson of Scotland, falls to 6th place, behind Ireland opener William Porterfield (again a newcomer to the batting top thirty) and Kenyan allrounder Thomas Odoyo. Gavin Hamilton, previously third, is now 12th.
Two other players to take significant steps up the batting ladder are Kevin O'Brien of Ireland (up fourteen places to 8th) and Bas Zuiderent of The Netherlands (up from 28th to 9th). On the other hand, Kenyan captain Steve Tikolo's poor run with the bat sees him drop down form 4th to 26th, while Ireland wicketkeeper Niall O'Brien and young Dutch batsman Alexei Kervezee (previously 8th and 10th, respectively) disappear altogether from the batting list.
The new leader in the bowling rankings is Kenyan pace bowler Peter Ongondo (right, up from 6th) who takes over from Bermuda's Dwayne Leverock (down to 9th). The next two in the list are ten Doeschate and Ireland's André Botha, who have both climbed nineteen places. Scotland captain Craig Wright moves form 10th to 4th, followed by Canada's Henry Osinde and Kenya's young slow left-armer Hiren Varaiya. The only other changes of significance in the bowling rankings sees Ireland's Kyle McCallan rise eighteen places to 11th, while Bermuda's Saleem Mukuddem drops 19 places in the other direction, from 5th to 24th.
In the team rankings it is no surprise that Kenya still reign supreme in both the HPP and Associates/Affiliates lists. Otherwise, the Associates list reflects what went on in Nairobi with Ireland dropping two places to fourth after their four narrow defeats, and Bermuda dropping three places to 11th.