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    This week the 2013/14 Premier League season comes to a close. [b]Frank Vatrano Jersey[/b] . Here at TSN.ca we will take a look back at the season by bringing together a panel of experts to help pick the best 50 players of the season. This list is based purely on their performances this season. It is not a list of who we think the best 50 players in the league are. Fourteen members were asked to take part (panel below) and submit their top 20 players of the season. Their list was then placed into a scoring system and then the totals determined the overall positions in the top 50. Each day this week we will release the list in 10s. The sport is very much about opinions, so please feel free to write your own list in the comments below. You can read part one of the list here. You can read part two of the list here. Here is how the Top 20 were scored – 1st place – 30pts; 2nd place – 25; 3rd place – 22; 4th place – 20; 5th place – 18; 6th place – 17; 7th place – 15; 8th place – 14; 9th place – 13; 10th place – 12; 11th place – 10; 12th place – 9; 13th place – 8; 14th place – 7; 15th place – 6; 16th place – 5; 17th place – 4; 18th place – 3; 19th place – 2; 20th place – 1. The Panel Six members of TSNs soccer team were on the panel and were joined by eight other members from around the world who were asked to represent their specific field. Joining our staff members were two outstanding statistical experts, Jonny Blain and Simon Gleave, two brilliant reporters/commentators covering the league, Stewart Coggin and Paul Sarahs and two extremely knowledgeable tactics writers, Tim Palmer and Ritesh from the False9 website and a man who covers the development side of the league like no other, Aidan from the England Youth website. In addition, also involved was arguably one of the knowledgeable writers covering the league in the world, Michael Cox, aka Zonal Marking. Follow the Panel on Twitter Aidan from England Youth – https://twitter.com/englandyouthJonny Blain - https://twitter.com/jonoblainNoel Butler - https://twitter.com/TheSoccerNoelStewart Coggin - https://twitter.com/StewartCogginMichael Cox - https://twitter.com/Zonal_MarkingJason DeVos - https://twitter.com/jasondevosSimon Gleave - https://twitter.com/SimonGleaveKristian Jack - https://twitter.com/KristianJackTim Palmer - https://twitter.com/timhpalRitesh from The False9 - https://twitter.com/TheFalse_9Paul Sarahs - https://twitter.com/PaulSarahsPete Schaad - https://twitter.com/PeteSchaadGareth Wheeler - https://twitter.com/WheelerTSNLuke Wileman - https://twitter.com/LukeWileman 30. Petr Cech (Chelsea) – “He is one of the best in the world,” said his manager Jose Mourinho this season. Not all that comes out of the mouth of Jose is correct, but it is hard to argue with Cechs incredible consistency. Prone to a high-profile error now and then, he, perhaps, will never be seen as reaching the real elite level of all-time goalkeepers, but he had been outstanding for Chelseas new-look tight defence this season. The best goalkeeper in the Premier League, according to the panel. 29. Romelu Lukaku (Everton) – Lukaku didnt score as many goals this season for Everton as he did for West Brom last season, but his second successive loan campaign was very successful. The Belgian simply grew as a player under Roberto Martinez, linking up better with teammates and playing any role that was asked of him by his manager. This was never more apparent than at home to Arsenal last month when his lethal runs from out wide showed his maturation as a forward and caused many problems for the opposing defence. 28. Gareth Barry (Everton) – Last August, Martinez knocked on Barrys door and wanted a chat. In his living room, he convinced the Englishman to come to Everton and be a part of his new-look Toffees. Barry was the perfect player for Martinezs system, allowing the full backs to push on, knowing a defensive-minded, ball-playing central midfielder can drop deep and split the centre-backs. The Spanish manager has raved about him all season and, unlike Lukaku, looks likely to turn the loan into a full-time move this summer. 27. Yohan Cabaye (Newcastle) – Cabaye left for PSG at the end of January, but had left his stamp on the Premier League, guiding Newcastle to safety and allowing the club to be one of the worst in the league since and not lose their top-10 status. The French midfielder was a true difference maker at St James Park, happy to play in the deep-lying playmaker role where he tore teams to shreds or, as he did at Old Trafford, just off the striker where he was equally effective. A Brilliant passer and set-piece taker, Cabaye isnt just missed by Newcastle fans, the Premier League misses him, too. 26. Branislav Ivanovic (Chelsea) – Simply one of the most underappreciated talents in the league. Playing for such a big club, in a high-profile league, it really is quite remarkable how little attention Ivanovic gets. The Serbian has been brilliant this season and has improved considerably as a right back under Mourinho, where he isnt required to make too many inroads into the opponents final third. At centre-back, he might be even better and he was absolutely magnificent in Chelseas 2-0 win at Liverpool last month. 25. Per Mertesacker (Arsenal) – One of the most improved players of the season, although, he was excellent in the second half of last season, also. Mertesacker has been a great mentor to Laurent Koscielny and the two have formed a strong partnership in central defence. The German also brings something to Arsenal that is very important – a winning mentality. He knows what it takes to get to a level that the Gunners remain too far away from. Far too many empty promises come from that dressing room and sidelines, but Mertesacker is not guilty of any of them. Easy to look at his performances in those away thrashings and question his spot but collectively Arsenal were pathetic on those days. 24. Vincent Kompany (Man City) – Not a vintage year for the captain of Man City, where too many mistakes led to goals and red cards, however, Kompany continues to be one of the games finest defenders, who makes players around him better. At the moment, he is the face of the team, but if they want to progress to to the level of a true European powerhouse, they need to find at least one centre-back who is even better than the Belgian. 23. Samir Nasri (Man City) – The Frenchman had lost his way under Roberto Mancini and the Italian manager told the media that ‘he was wasting his talent. Frustrated at a lack of playing time and his narrow system, Nasri was unleashed by new manager Manuel Pellegrini and has had a great season at the Etihad. City are blessed with playmakers behind their strikers, who have an appreciation of space and can pick key passes in and around the box. Nasri is no David Silva, but he is now a star on whom City can rely heavily. 22. Mile Jedinak (Crystal Palace) – Every season a player is promoted and then makes a name for himself by becoming such an important member of a team that stays up. Last season, it was Southamptons Morgan Schneiderlin, who led all players in tackles and interceptions. This season it is Jedinak who, remarkably, leads all players (who started more than 58 per cent of games) in those categories. The Aussie has been the heartbeat of a Crystal Palace team that was on life support in November. Throughout their struggles he was excellent and was even better when they molded into a solid team, around him, under Tony Pulis. It was a fitting moment that Jedinak scored the penalty at West Ham that won the game 1-0 and assured the Eagles of another year in the top flight. 21. Ross Barkley (Everton) - With all due respect to Eden Hazard, the PFA Young Player of the Year Award was made for a player like Barkley. Few had heard about the midfielder this time last year and the Scouser had a breakthrough campaign, playing with a youthful energy that helps him glide by opponents on the ball with an arrogant swagger not seen enough by a young Englishman since Paul Gascoigne. He is, however, more than just an attacking midfielder who can score spectacular goals, as he isnt afraid to get involved in the physical side of the game, much like Steven Gerrard was at his age. The hype machine could develop quickly with those comparisons, but he has a manager and a club that will keep him grounded for now. Itll be a crime if he isnt named in Roy Hodgsons squad for Brazil. [b]Jonathan Huberdeau Jersey[/b] .com) - James Harden needed just seven made field goals to drop 35 points on the Philadelphia 76ers, leading the Houston Rockets to a 104-93 win on Monday. [b]MacKenzie Weegar Panthers Jersey[/b] . -- Barry Bonds is all set to return to the San Francisco Giants.Who are the 100 greatest cricketers of all time? And for that matter, who is the greatest? Sky Sports cricket statistician Benedict Bermange tries to answer those questions by picking his top 100 over the coming weeks... Do you agree? Tweet us @SkyCricket. Each week I will release a new 10 names on my list of the 100 greatest cricketers, till ultimately revealing my number one cricketer on Christmas week. My countdown continues here with numbers 90-81...90) Chris Gayle Like him or not, Gayle can entertain a crowd like no other modern batsmen. He has made the modern T20 format his own with 2,500 more runs than anyone else in the format and far more centuries than anyone else - he has 18 to Brendon McCullums seven. Chris Gayle celebrates after hitting a double century for West Indies during the 2015 World Cup History will probably remember him for his feats in Twenty20 cricket, but it is easy to forget that before T20 Chris Gayle there was Test match Chris Gayle.Before playing in his first T20 match in September 2005, Gayle had played 52 Tests with a batting average of just under 40, and just four months earlier he had amassed a 10-and-a-half hour 317 against South Africa. While in November 2010, Gayle belted Sri Lanka to the tune of 333 in a Test at Galle.Records continued to fall to his broad bat - a 30-ball T20 century for Royal Challengers Bangalore in the IPL, and in 2015 he scored the first World Cup double century, making him the first player to achieve the triumvirate of a Test 300, ODI 200 and T20I 100.89) Bill PonsfordPonsford wielded a heavy bat which was fondly-termed Big Bertha because of its 2lb 10oz weight, and playing in just his third first-class game he batted for eight hours to score 429 for Victoria against Tasmania at Melbourne in 1923 and set a new record individual score. Bill Ponsford (L) was Australias run machine before the arrival of Don Bradman In December 1927, he faced Queensland and became the only batsman to better his own world record, scoring 437. He then followed it up with 202 against New South Wales later that month and as 1928 dawned, he hit 336 against South Australia, to total a staggering 1,013 runs in four innings.He scored centuries in each of his first two Tests but he later struggled later in his career against the pace of Harold Larwood. By the time the England tour of 1930 took place, Ponsford had been replaced as the number one run-machine by Don Bradman, but signed off from international cricket in the grandest of styles, striking 266 at The Oval in his final Test in 1934.Ponsford was also a great baseball talent, playing as shortstop and later as a catcher. In 1925, he became the captain of the Victorian team, and was chosen as centre fielder in three matches between Australia and United States Pacific Fleet.88) Alan KnottKent have been fortunate throughout their history to have had some of the most talented keepers in English cricket history. From Frederick Huish to Les Ames to Godfrey Evans, Alan Knott was the natural successor. England wicketkeeper Alan Knott taking a terrific diving catch at The Oval Like so many keepers, he was an eccentric - he was said to have stuffed raw steaks into his wicket keeping gloves to add extra cushioning from the hard cricket ball and he also used to wrap his legs in a duvet while driving so that they kept warm. In the winter he trained regularly with Charlton Athletic football club, and also used to spend hours playing table tennis to maintain his reflexes.When England regained the Ashes in 1970-71, Knott was pivotal in the triumph, with five catches and a stumping in the decisive seventh Test match at Sydney. And as Lillee and Thomson pulverised the English batsmen on their tour of Australia in 1974-5, Knott stood fearlessly against the onslaught, scoring 364 runs, with three fifties and 106 at Adelaide.87) Rahul DravidFor pretty much all his career he was overshadowed by the more famous, showier batsmen around him. Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly and VS Laxman appeared to have greater natural ability, but over the course of Dravids 164 Tests he ended up facing more deliveries than any other batsman in history - 31,258 of them! Indias Rahul Dravid was given the nickname of The Wall for his great patience shown at the crease He scored Test centuries in 15 successive years from 1997-2011 and only missed by five runs in 1996 when he was dismissed for 95 on his Test debut - again overshadowed by Ganguly who scored 131. Five years later when VVS Laxmans 281 orchestrated the Miracle at Kolkata, Dravid weighed in with 180 of his own.Ironically, his nickname The Wall came from an ad campaign for Reebok in the early 2000s, but despite that reputation, he still scored more than ten thousand ODI runs at a respectable strike rate of 71.24.86) Derek UnderwoodAugust 27, 1968, was the date that sealed Derek Underwoods reputation as one of the greatest cricketers of his era. Rain had flooded the Oval and England captain Colin Cowdrey implored the groundsmen to somehow get the outfield dry. At 2.15pm he used the ground PA system to beg assistance from the crowd and incredibly at 4.45pm play restarted with England having 75 minutes to take the remaining five Australian wickets. Derek Underwood of England appeals for one of his 297 Test wickets Almost as a last throw of the dice, the unlikely Basil DOliveira made the breakthrough and then it was down to Underwood. He took the last four wickets for six runs in 27 deliveries as England sealed a memorable victory with just six minutes to spare.If that was the defining moment of Underwoods career, there were plenty which ran it close. He was the youngest player to take 100 wickets in his first season and reached 1,000 first-class wickets at the age of just 25. In 1974 he took 13-71 in the match against Pakistan at Lords and ended his Test career with 297 wickets - the most by any England spinner.However, the achievement which possibly gave him the most joy was his only first-class century which came against Sussex at Hastings in 1984. He had come in as night-watchman on the Saturday evening, took 6-12 in the Sunday League game the following day, and continued his innings to three figures on the Monday. 100 Greatest: 100-91 Seee the cricketers who were picked from 100-91 in Benedicts 100 Greatest list. [b]Mark Pysyk Jersey[/b]. 85) Monty NobleAustralian Monty Noble is most often mentioned as the answer to the trivia question regarding the first - and so far, only - player to hit the ball over the current Lords Pavilion. That batsman was Albert Trott, but the bowler in question was Noble.That isolated feat somewhat detracts from the fact that Noble was one of the greatest all-rounders ever produced by Australia. The 27 matches it took him to reach the 1,000 run and 100 wicket double in Test cricket is fewer than the likes of Richard Hadlee, Imran Khan and Keith Miller, among others. Monty Noble reached 1,000 runs and 100 Test wickets in fewer games than Pakistans Imran Khan (pictured) On his Test debut at Melbourne in 1898, Noble was so disappointed after shouldering arms to be bowled by Tom Richardson that he promptly made amends with the ball, taking 6-49 in Englands second innings to bowl the hosts to an innings victory. However, his greatest Test achievement was taking 7-17 and 6-60 against a strong England side at Melbourne in January 1902 to seal a 229-run victory.Starting off his working life as a banker, Noble subsequently qualified as a dentist, so he could work flexible hours around his cricket.84) Hanif MohammadFor a great deal of his life Hanif Mohammad held the records for both the highest and longest individual innings. At the time of his death, earlier this year, he had to be content with second place in both lists. On January 11, 1959, playing for Karachi against Bahawalpur in the Quaid-e-Azam Trophy semi-final Hanif passed Don Bradmans unbeaten 452 to register the highest first-class score in cricket history. Hanif Mohammad bats for Pakistan against England at Trent Bridge in 1967 With two balls left of the third day he was on 498, but the ground scoreboard had not updated, and showed his score as 496 instead. He played the ball past point, and after completing the first run, decided to go for the second, intending to keep the strike, and was run out by more than a yard.Almost exactly a year earlier he had batted for more than 16 hours to save the six-day Bridgetown Test against the West Indies with an epic innings of 337 - made when Pakistan were asked to follow-on. At the end of day three Hanif was unbeaten on 61, moved onto 161 at the end of the fourth day and 270 at the end of the fifth, before falling 27 runs short of Len Huttons then Test record of 364.83) Learie ConstantineIn the case of Learie - later, Baron - Constantine, it was about far more than the cricket. He was born the grandson of one slave brought to South America from West Africa and the great-grandson of another. Yet he ascended to become the first black Peer of the United Kingdom. Learie Constantine, the famous West Indian cricketer, pictured bowling His first tour of England was in 1923, before the West Indies achieved Test status, but it was on their first full tour in 1928 that he made his name, scoring 1,381 runs, taking 107 wickets and snaring 33 catches in the field - a towering presence on a tour which saw the tourists lose all three Tests by an innings. He was subsequently instrumental in the West Indies first Test victory over England, which came at Georgetown in 1930 when he took nine wickets.Constantine also spent 12 years playing for Nelson in the Lancashire League, helping them to the championship in seven of those years. At the same time he studied Law and was called to the Bar in 1954. He was elected an MP in his Trinidad homeland and subsequently acted as the High Commissioner for Trinidad & Tobago in London.82) Allan DonaldAllan Donald reached his peak at the right time - just as South Africa were welcomed back into the international fraternity. However, his Test debut proved a chastening one. In South Africas first Test back at Bridgetown in April 1992 he took 4-77 in the West Indies second innings to ensure South Africas target was an achievable 201.At 122-2 at the end of day four they were cruising, but Curtly Ambrose and Courtney Walsh had other ideas. The final eight wickets clattered for just 25 runs the following morning with Donald the last man out - bowled first ball by Ambrose. Allan Donald (R) pictured during his famous battle with Michael Atherton at Trent Bridge in 1998 However, after that start, Donalds career went from strength to strength as he became the first South African to take 300 Test wickets and added a further 272 in ODI cricket.In the longer form his worst bowling average in any calendar year from 1992 to 2001 was 30.55, and he took 80 wickets in his 14 Tests in 1998 to set a national record. His battle with Englands Michael Atherton at Nottingham that year will last long in the memory.81) Anil KumbleAnil Kumbles first Test appearance was a memorable one as it saw Sachin Tendulkars first Test century. That match - at Old Trafford in August 1990 - was somewhat of a difficult debut as Englands Graham Gooch and Atherton piled on 225 for the first wicket, and the bespectacled Kumble was subsequently discarded from the Test team for two years.However, once he was recalled, he quickly made up for lost time, racing to 100 Test wickets in just 21 Tests. He was one of the leading figures in Englands spinwash tour in 1993, taking 21 wickets and his ODI figures of 6-12 against the West Indies the same year remained an Indian ODI record for 21 years. Anil Kumble (R) celebrates the dismissal of Englands Paul Collingwood during a Test match in India Eschewing the traditional loop of a leg-spinner for a faster, flatter trajectory, he proved a revelation for Northamptonshire in 1995, for whom he took 105 wickets, helping them to third place in the County Championship.However, without doubt his greatest feat came at Delhi in 1999, when he took all ten Pakistan wickets at a cost of 74 runs to become just the second man to take ten wickets in a Test innings. That performance led India to its first Test victory over Pakistan for 19 years.100-91: Click here to see the cricketers picked from 100-91 on the list.50 who missed the cut: The 50 cricketers who narrowly missed out on the top 100. Also See: 100 Greatest: 100-91 100 Greatest: 50 who missed out Get Sky Sports Cricket videos ' ' '