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Armstrong streaks clear in race for cricketer of the year

Can Luke Armstrong keep up his terrific Elders Cup form and take out cricketer of the year?

After eight rounds of the Elders Cup competition, Luke Armstrong looks to have a mortgage on cricketer of the year honours.

The Tumut Plains all-rounder sits on 878-points after scoring 229 runs at an average of 76.33 and taking 16 wickets at an average of 13.38, while also taking two catches.

Armstrong, who has played in seven of the eight rounds this year, put his success back on training, patience and his teammates.

“With the bat, I am really trying to be patient and although it’s not worked much the last couple of weeks, it has helped this season,” he said.

“It also helps to get down to training and roll the arm over and have a good side playing around you.

“Without their fielding, I wouldn’t have those wickets and wouldn’t be as confident.”

In second place on the cricketer of the year table in Coolac’s Joe Scott, who is 91-points behind Armstrong with 787-points.

Scott has also played seven games and has scored 246 runs at an average of 41, while taking 11 wickets at 19.18 and also taking two catches.

Coolac also have Tim Graham in third with 733-points before a significant drop to fourth and fifth, with Adelong’s Corey Wilson on 610 and Plains’ all-rounder Daniel Thomas sitting on 595.

These scores were taken from the MyCricket application, which currently judges championship points based on these players being classed all-rounders, with two-points allocated per run, 25-points per wicket and 10-points per catch and run out.

To be classed as an all-rounder at the end of the season, a player must have scored over 200 runs and taken more than 20 wickets.

Otherwise, a player that scores more than 200 runs and takes less than 20 wickets will be classed as a batsman, earning only one-point per run and 50-points per wicket, while also receiving 10-points per catch or run out.

In contrast, a player will be deemed a bowler if they score less than 200 runs and take more than 20 wickets, earning five-points per run and 10 points per wicket, while also receiving 10-points per run out and catch.

Interestingly, if Corey Wilson was to be named a bowler in the current format, he would actually take the lead with his 140 runs, 10 wickets and eight catches netting 880-points.

As the season progresses and players reach different thresholds, it will be interesting to see how players finish.

One thing is probable though, players will have a hard time catching Luke Armstrong at the top of the leaderboard.