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Royal London One-Day Cup 2019: Team of the tournament

by Wisden Staff 5 minute read

The 2019 Royal London One-Day Cup concluded yesterday when Somerset defeated Hampshire by six wickets in the final at Lord’s.

Somerset restricted Hampshire to 244-8 from their 50 overs, who were without star batsman James Vince and spinner Liam Dawson due to England duties. Tom Abell’s side confidently chased down the below-par total with Tom Banton (69) and skipper James Hildreth (69*) hitting half-centuries.

Here’s our Royal London One-Day Cup 2019 team of the tournament:

1. Tom Alsop (Hampshire; WK)

 Tom Alsop bats during the Royal London One Day Cup match between Hampshire and Sussex

Alsop was the standout wicketkeeper of the tournament, taking 14 catches as well as recording five stumpings. He also enjoyed a solid campaign opening the batting for Hampshire, scoring 351 runs at 39.00 which includes a top score of 130* in Hampshire’s win against Glamorgan.

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2. Billy Godleman (Derbyshire)

Billy Godleman of Derbyshire topped the RL ODC run-scoring charts

Godleman was the leading run-scorer of the tournament, with 521 runs at 74.43. Within that he notched three centuries and one half-century, as Derbyshire finished fifth in their group, three points below fourth-placed Durham.

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3. Steven Croft (Lancashire)

Steven Croft in action during the Royal London One Day Cup semi-final

It is hard to leave out Lancashire batsman Steven Croft, who helped his team to the semi-finals where they were beaten by Hampshire. Croft played every game and racked up 516 runs from 10 innings at 73.71 with a top score of 110.

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4. James Vince (Hampshire)

James Vince of Hampshire leaves the field after being dismissed for 190 against Gloucestershire 

Hampshire were gutted when they found out in-form batsman James Vince was ineligible for the final due to being a part of England’s Cricket World Cup squad. Looking as pleasing on the eye as ever, Vince scored 509 runs in just seven innings at 72.71, including a mammoth 190 against Gloucestershire.

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5. Alex Lees (Durham)

Durham batsman Alex Lees picks up some runs during a Royal London One-Day Cup match

Durham’s Alex Lees enjoyed a remarkably consistent campaign, scoring a century and four half centuries in seven innings. In total he recorded 361 runs and was only dismissed four times, meaning he holds one of the highest averages of the tournament with 90.25.

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6. James Hildreth(Somerset; captain)

James Hildreth of Somerset walks off after victory against Hampshire in the Lord’s final

Captaining the side is Somerset’s ever-reliable batsman James Hildreth, who scored 457 runs while featuring in every game. He came up with the goods on the big occasion, leading his side home to a history-making win at the last ever Lord’s final (for the foreseeable future) with an unbeaten 69.

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7. Liam Dawson (Hampshire)

Liam Dawson bowls during a Royal London One-Day Cup match against Gloucestershire 

Eighteen wickets for left-arm spinner Liam Dawson helped Hampshire top their group reach the Lord’s final. He also chipped in with 274 runs at 45.67, which included a high score of 108. Akin to Vince, Dawson’s performances earned him an England call-up, which, unfortunately for his county, meant he couldn’t feature in the final.

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8. Craig Overton (Somerset)

Craig Overton bowls during the Royal London One Day Cup Final

Somerset seamer Craig Overton enjoyed an excellent tournament with ball and bat taking 20 wickets (best 5-18) and scoring 213 runs at an impressive average of 71.00. His contributions aided Somerset to a third-place finish in the group stage and ultimately a tournament victory.

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9. Wayne Parnell (Worcestershire)

Wayne Parnell took 5-24 against Northants in the group stages

South-African fast-bowler Wayne Parnell took 22 wickets at 18.86 to guide Worcestershire to second place in the group stages. He took two five-wicket hauls, the most impressive being an outstanding 5-24 against Nottinghamshire.

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10. Nathan Sowter (Middlesex)

Nathan Sowter appeals during a Royal London One-Day Cup match

As the most successful spinner of the tournament, Nathan Sowter of Middlesex makes the cut. He picked up 25 wickets in nine outings at 20.84 and recorded a superb 6-62 in a win against Essex, helping his county to second place in the group stage.

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11. Saqib Mahmood (Lancashire)

Saqib Mahmood celebrates taking the wicket of Ross Taylor during the quarter-final

Lancashire’s pace bowler Saqib Mahmood bossed the competition with ball in hand, ending up the leading wicket-taker with 28. Those came at a healthy average of 18.50, while Mahmood produced one of the most devastating displays of the tournament, against Northants, taking 6-37.

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