Following Kent’s victory over Lancashire in the final, here is our team of the 2022 Royal London One-Day Cup.
Stephen Eskinazi – Middlesex
8 matches, 658 runs @ 94, SR: 115.84
After averaging 50.25 in last year’s One-Day Cup, Eskinazi stepped up his List A domination this year. His career record in this format is outstanding: after 29 innings he has six hundreds (four from this tournament), an average of 55.15 and a booming strike rate of 104.
Ali Orr – Sussex
9 matches, 526 runs @ 58.44, SR: 99.62
Orr took apart Somerset in a crushing 201-run win for Sussex at Taunton, smashing 206 off 161 balls, a knock which included a staggering 11 sixes.
Ollie Robinson (wk) – Kent
10 matches, 534 runs @ 59.33, SR: 123.04
The leading run-scorer in the tournament for winners Kent, Robinson was another player who went past 200 in this year’s tournament. He looked the part in the final, too, hitting an attractive 43.
Cheteshwar Pujara – Sussex
9 matches, 624 runs @ 89.14, SR: 111.62
Pujara has had an extraordinary summer for Sussex, hitting eight hundreds across formats. However, it is against the red ball that he has made his name, with a staggering List A average of 56.95 after more than 100 matches.
Wiaan Mulder – Leicestershire
9 matches, 533 runs @ 88.83, SR: 100.37 | 14 wickets @ 28.92, ER: 5.06
Before he headed off to play for South Africa in their Test series against England, Mulder delivered with bat and ball in the One-Day Cup to be named Player of the Tournament. In nine innings, he reached fifty on six occasions.
Jack Taylor – Gloucestershire
8 matches, 401 runs @ 66.83, SR: 115.22 | 11 wickets @ 23.36, ER: 5.97
Taylor was a blistering presence lower down the order, and his all-round value was best demonstrated in a five-wicket win over Somerset at Bristol; not satisfied with a haul of 4-31 from 10 overs, he took his side home with an unbeaten 77.
6 matches, 250 runs @ 125, SR: 128.20 | 0 wickets, ER: 4.87
A sensational way to end his Kent career. Stevens hit an unbeaten 84 to rescue his side in the semi-final and contributed an important unbeaten 33 in the showdown against Lancashire. Went wicketless but bowled tight overs.
Aristides Karvelas – Sussex
9 matches, 20 wickets @ 19.45, ER: 5.40
Greek international Karvelas was one of the breakout stars of the tournament, taking two four-wicket hauls in the space of one week as he helped Sussex to a semi-final finish.
Brett Hutton – Nottinghamshire
9 matches, 22 wickets @ 14.59, ER: 4.51
The leading wicket-taker in the competition, Hutton took extraordinary figures of 7-26 against Leicestershire, proving responsible for the dismissals of each player in the top five. These are the best ever List A figures by a Nottinghamshire bowler.
Chris Wright – Leicestershire
9 matches, 17 wickets @ 19.47, ER: 4.02
In the same match that saw Hutton take seven wickets, Wright celebrated career-best figures of 6-35. No bowler took more wickets with a better economy rate in the tournament.
John Turner – Hampshire
9 matches, 20 wickets @ 16.70, ER: 5.06
A 21 year-old who has played just one first-class match and is yet to feature in T20 cricket, Turner enjoyed plenty of success against the two Roses: against Lancashire he took 5-25; Yorkshire were on the end of 5-41.