12 September 201016:47

Johnston and Stirling continue to impress

Ireland's Johnston is now ranked higher than Lasith Malinga of Sri Lanka and West Indies' Dwayne Bravo and just behind the spinners Johan Botha of South Africa and England's Graeme Swann

Johnston and Stirling continue to impress - Cricket News

Ireland batsman Paul Stirling.

With the ICC Cricket World Cup 2011 very much on the horizon, the top Associate and Affiliate cricketers have been making some impressive gains in the Reliance Mobile ICC Player Rankings with Ireland's veteran seam bowler Trent Johnston breaking into the top 20 for the first time in his career.

It's generally accepted that the 36-year-old all-rounder has never been in better form for Ireland than at present and the statistics certainly go along with that. After a successful ODI series against Canada in Toronto, Johnston gained two places and now sits in 20th position in the table, easily the highest ranked Associate bowler in the world.

Johnston is now ranked higher than Lasith Malinga of Sri Lanka and West Indies' Dwayne Bravo and just behind the spinners Johan Botha of South Africa and England's Graeme Swann.

In more good news for Ireland, young batting sensation Paul Stirling has gained 24 places in the latest rankings after his heroics during the second ODI in Toronto. The 20-year-old hit 177 off 134 balls, in a knock that included 21 fours and five sixes, to ensure a 92-run victory for his side. He is now second in the list of Associate batsmen, not far behind Ryan ten Doeschate of the Netherlands.

Canada's Ashish Bagai, who also enjoyed a successful series with the bat, has gained two places and sits fourth in the list of Associate batsmen and in 52nd place overall while Ireland's Kevin O'Brien has lost six places to 57th position overall. O'Brien does retain his second place in the all-rounders' list, however, which is headed by ten Doeschate.

Check out the full list at www.relianceiccrankings.com.

ICC ODI Player Rankings for Associates and Affiliates (as of 12 September)

Rank (+/-) Player Team Pts Ave HS Rating
33 ( - ) R ten Doeschate Ned 597* 68.55 625 v Sco at Rotterdam 2010
37 (+24) Paul Stirling Ire 575*! 43.00 575 v Can at Toronto 2010
49 (-1) Tom Cooper Ned 540*! 65.44 540 v Ire at Dublin 2010
52 (+2) Ashish Bagai Can 531 ! 37.73 531 v Ire at Toronto 2010
54 (-1) W Porterfield Ire 518 34.55 540 v Ban at Stormont 2010
57 (-6) Kevin O'Brien Ire 514 33.16 540 v Ban at Stormont 2010
61 (-1) Alex Obanda Ken 508*! 32.80 508 v Can at Schiedam 2010
84= (-2) Niall O'Brien Ire 455* 26.79 475 v Aus at Dublin 2010
86 ( - ) Gavin Hamilton Sco 454* 34.57 470 v Eng at Edinburgh 2010
92 ( - ) Steven Tikolo Ken 444 29.76 525 v SA at Nairobi 1999


Bowlers
Rank (+/-) Player Team Pts Ave Eco HS Rating
20 (+2) Trent Johnston Ire 588*! 30.04 4.13 588 v Can at Toronto 2010
49 ( - ) Hiren Varaiya Ken 514 27.91 4.09 539 v Net at Nairobi 2010
51 ( - ) Thomas Odoyo Ken 505 30.31 4.59 546 v Ire at Stormont 2008
60 (+1) Peter Ongondo Ken 477 29.46 4.50 596 v Ber at Nairobi 2007
62 (+1) R ten Doeschate Ned 463* 20.95 4.76 484 v Sco at Rotterdam 2010
69= ( - ) Boyd Rankin Ire 450* 24.69 4.84 459 v Ban at Stormont 2010
77 (-1) Sunil Dhaniram Can 442* 30.24 4.20 507 v Ber at King City 2008
79 (-5) Umar Bhatti Can 437* 34.81 4.22 476 v Ire at Centurion 2009
80 (+1) M Bukhari Ned 435* 24.75 4.23 444 v Ire at Dublin 2010


Bowlers
Rank (+/-) Player Team Pts HS Rating
10 ( - ) R ten Doeschate Ned 276*/* 302 v Sco at Rotterdam 2010
22 ( - ) Kevin O'Brien Ire 218 /* 219 v Net at Dublin 2010
25 ( - ) Thomas Odoyo Ken 216 250 v Sco at Ayr 2008
28 ( - ) Trent Johnston Ire 212*/* 217 v Ban at Stormont 2010
33 (+1) Steve Tikolo Ken 190 222 v Eng at St Lucia 2007