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The Cricket Paper is the UK’s only all cricketing weekly newspaper covering matches from around the world, from elite level to local domestic cricket, with articles from leading voices in the industry.

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Here’s a sneak peek at what’s in this week’s edition of TCP…

• Derek Pringle on why West Indies’ Kemar Roach could be following in the footsteps of the great Malcolm Marshall.
• All the reaction and analysis from the Test series in the West Indies.
• County News : Interviews with Jimmy Adams, Steve Patterson, Paul Grayson and Mark Stoneman.
• Nick Browne : Essex batsman eyes an opening with England in the summer.
• Adam Collins on why the Aussies have more than a shout in the forthcoming Ashes.
• From the Archives : A look back to the last time England were whitewashed in the Windies, the 1986 tour from hell and their 5-0 drubbing.
• All this and much, much more…





Career Runs in Sixes

Mr Handel from Cobham contacted the Club to ask what proportion of runs he and his peers have made in 6s. In some rare down-time over the Christmas period we’ve now managed to put a couple of things together that we hope answers his query.

Of the players that played in 2018, here are the percentages of their career runs for the Club in sixes. To make this list you must have hit a minimum of eight career sixes and scored a minimum of 150 runs for the Club:

31.58% Robbie Blackburn
26.32% Ed Ashwell
18.99% Tim Handel
18.29% Shawn Dyson
18.13% Toby Tarrant
14.46% Justin Jones
14.28% Will Gudgeon
11.23% Andy Berry
10.82% Alex Bond
10.38% Carel Ferreira
10.16% James Whitmarsh
9.52% Moumer Khara
8.41% Alistair Curran
8.28% Jeremy Connell
6.95% Ian Hopton
6.68% Adrian Taylor
6.63% Will Thomson
6.36% Jase Earl
5.80% Tom Frost
5.03% Amy Page
4.81% Stephen Finch
4.25% Andy Page
4.17% Chris Finch
4.04% Rod Thomson
3.45% Steve Wade
3.09% Alistair McMillan
3.04% James Trower
1.70% Malcolm Dickson
1.54% Jack Raimondo

Looking at the wider list of all Stoke players, here are some notable others – some familiar names appear near the top; three of them would have made the top of the above list.

The 2018 list has eleven players who have scored more than 10% of their runs in sixes; so this is the additional qualification for the all-time list below, (in addition to the same minimum 8×6/minimum 150 career runs that is in use); six people have hit more than a quarter of their career runs in 6s:

Jerry Hinds : 154 career runs (50.65% in 6s)
Greg Routley : 1443 (34.92%)
Josh Carew : 184 (32.61%)
John Crisp : 868 (29.03%)
Johnny Lawes : 1774 (26.38%)
Eugene Ford : 673 (25.85%)
Jeremy Beckwith : 353 (23.80%)
Marcus Mahne : 263 (22.81%)
Tim Parminter : 311 (21.22%)
Stephen Anderson : 799 (19.52%)
Roger Bowman : 1023 (17.01%)
Paddy Engelen : 344 (15.70%)
David Laing : 552 (14.13%)
Dan Douthwaite : 1718 (13.62%)
Roy Johns : 7207 (12.74%)
Frank Moore : 2835 (12.70%)
Matt Gottschalk : 2607 (12.66%)
Tom Oliver : 1051 (12.56%)
Mike Carty : 677 (12.41%)
Mickey Humphries : 1654 (12.33%)
Tim Goodman : 446 (12.11%)
Simon Birch : 1294 (12.06%)
John Price : 1025 (11.71%)
Navid Hussain : 2428 (11.61%)
Peter Higgs : 7140 (11.09%)
Baz Medlycott : 868 (11.06%)
John Davies : 1366 (10.98%)
Neil McEvoy : 550 (10.91%)
Jack Massey : 1612 (10.79%)
E Ledger : 898 (10.69%)
Steve Bowman : 4901 (10.53%)
Ian Tyrell : 855 (10.53%)
Gavin Johns : 2637 (10.01%)

The list of all-time leading six-hitters for the Club can be found here : http://www.stokecc.co.uk/sixes/





Happy New Year

Happy New Year to all our Playing & Social Members, Sponsors and those who also follow us on this site, our Twitter feed and our male & female Facebook pages.

The countdown to the 2019 season is underway – indeed the Over 40s have been netting since pretty much the end of last season right up to Christmas. Contact Kev and Timmy for details of the next sessions there.

Let’s start the year with some good news. Congrats to Nat on being voted in the ICC’s T20 Team of the Year. (Full story here : https://www.icc-cricket.com/news/959051) Nat still stays in contact with the Club where it all began for her, and regularly drops us a line to say that she follows the progress of the ladies team from wherever she is in the globe.

If you fancy being part of the next generation of the Stoke Women’s XI, drop us a line and we’ll give you more details. Players of all ages and abilities are welcome!

At junior level, for those looking to get into, (or back into), the game with the World Cup and The Ashes on home soil this year, please consider joining us. Our superb colts programme is run by enthusiastic and passionate age group managers with coaching provided by senior players including the Overseas.

During the season Friday nights are our designated colts evenings. The BBQ will be on and the bar open for parents who want to enjoy a relaxing end to the week in a vibrant social setting.

We are recognised county and country-wide for growing and developing our senior players. Most of the players in our 1st XI originally joined us as colts. Our current captain, James Trower, joined us as an Under 8 and has led us to three successive promotions in the Surrey Championship, Surrey’s premier competition ladder for clubs. Beneath the 1st XI we are always on the look-out for reinforcements so don’t read this and think we’re being elitist and are only interested in 1st XI players. Cricket for everyone, league & social, at Stoke!

If you need any further information about becoming a member, please e-mail stokecc@hotmail.com and we will put you in touch with the appropriate age group, senior manager, social cricket contact or age group manager.

A warm welcome is guaranteed and we have playing and social members who support all of the Test playing nations so you can expect a banter-filled experience too!

We look forward to hearing from you!





Kohli v Stoke (2) : Consecutive 20+ Scores

India drew first blood in the Test Series this week despite a moderate contribution from Virat Kohli. However Virat added another impressive stat to his CV recently in the ODI series against the West Indies where, having made 157 not out, he made an eighteenth successive score of 20 or more in ODIs, (passing Matthew Hayden’s run of 17 20+ scores in 2007.) He then extended his run to nineteen with 107 in the next match before finally falling for 16 in Mumbai. Twelve of Virat’s knocks were also over 50, (8×100, 4×50.)

Has a run of scores of 20 or more of this length ever been achieved by a Stoker? After a trawl of the stats, the short answer is no, but there have been some impressive sequences; the longest being eleven, achieved by Chris Goode and Steve Eggleston. A couple of players will go into the 2019 season with a chance to beat that run. (See later on.)

For the avoidance of doubt, in these scoring runs below, if a player made a score of less than 20 but was not out, or did not bat in a match, we have continued the run but not counted the score of less than 20 or the DNB in the sequence.

Have you made the list? Look for yourself here…

As mentioned above, messers Goode and Eggleston have the longest run…

11 Chris Goode
45 in the last game of 1956 then 50 34 31 65 63 71 63 103* 30 and 77 in his first ten innings in 1957

11 Steve Eggleston
45 36 25 60 22 26* 27 24 and 132 in 1993 – these were all the games he played that season!
He then started 1994 with 44 and 42.

…closely followed by these four sturdy Stoke oaks who have runs of ten innings…

10 Steve Garner
21 34 32 75 32* 46 30 105* 31 89 in 1986

10 Will Gudgeon
22 54* 45 61 34* 19* 30 26 28 26 in 2013 then 50* in his first game of 2014

10 Gavin Johns
40 78 77 58*and 71 at the end of 1996 then 30 155* 43 28 and 67 at the start of 1997

10 Nick Lo
63* 23 22 27 31 38 39 30 61 29 in 2013

A few of Stoke’s all-time leading run-scorers/highest average-holders are in the next group with a run of nine innings, or eight, (Alistair McMillan and Ian Wellman have one of each, Sid Lahiri can boast two runs of eight in successive seasons in the noughties)…

9 Phil Easton
36 31* 59 100* 39 40 69 49* 69* in 1971

9 Alistair McMillan
30 18* 25 38 20 29* 30 11* 32 44* 22 in 1980

9 Ian Wellman
58 89* 39 69 51 44 64 79 61 in 1980

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Better than Yasir Shah?

After Yasir Shah’s 14 wicket haul last week an article appeared on the web, (see foot of this post), suggesting that he is probably going to be the fastest ever to take 200 Test wickets. His current count is 195 at an average of 28.23 and a strike rate of 54.45. All this from just 62 innings bowled in his 32 Test career that is just over 4 years old. Decent.

We took a look at our Club stats to see how we compared and the answer is…very favourably!

Roy Johns needed 74 games to reach 200 wickets, (he didn’t bowl in four of them), and his strike rate, (24.93), was more than double that of Yasir’s. Roy’s average for his first 200 wickets was also an incredible 9.36!

Although Yasir has played in fewer games and bowled in fewer innings he has the advantage of unlimited overs and the chance to bowl out the tail twice in a match.

Three other Stokers have needed less than 100 games to reach 200 wickets; Phil Johnson, Jack Massey and Ken Hutchinson. Note they are all from previous generations when the standard of pitches and opposition that we played on and against wasn’t always as high as they are today; although let’s not take anything away from them.

When looking at strike rates, Ollie Hood and Phil Easton are the only two bowlers who needed less than four overs to take a wicket; Ollie’s career strike rate and average for his first 200 wickets staying pretty consistent for his next 467.

Here is the complete list of Stokers with more than 200 wickets; sorted by how few games played to get there, the strike rates and time taken to get to the landmark : 200th Wicket Analysis
The Strike Rates are approximate as we can’t tell the exact over or ball that the 200th wicket was taken

Let’s also look at the current Stokers not on the list who are approaching 200 career wickets:

Toby Tarrant 181 in 126 games; average 19.64; strike rate 29.83
Jack Raimondo 172 in 337 172 / 22.76 / 28.61
Alex Bond 171 in 158 / 22.14 / 33.56
Tim Handel 166 in 174 / 23.89 / 34.96
Jase Earl 155 in 179 / 22.97 / 34.58
Averages and strike rates still better than Yasir Shah!

One who could buck the trend and join the list of players from yesteryear is Nico Spreeth who has a strike rate of 22.13 for his 174 wickets, (average 16.22), but he has already needed 122 games to get there, (having bowled in 105 innings), so won’t top the list of fewest games.

Further down the list Shawn Dyson has 78 wickets from 39 games and currently only needs to bowl just over 4.1 overs to take each of his wickets, so he could threaten the above if he continues or improves in future seasons.

Another to watch is Jack Townsend. If he makes his expected return to playing action next season he could improve on his 79 wickets from 67 appearances and a strike rate of 28.05.

Test Match v ODI
Yasir’s figures relate to the Test arena. What about ODIs? In the shorter format no player has got to 200 wickets in less than 100 games. Saqlain Mushtaq managed it in 104 and is the only player to do so in less than five years, needing 3 years 249 days to get there. Keep an eye on Afghanistan’s Rashid Khan, though, who has 118 ODI wickets in just 52 appearances.

Only five Stokers have reached 200 wickets in less than five years; Hutchinson and Easton, (the latter crammed 138 appearances into three years and 49 days!), got there quicker than Saqlain; Johns, Alan Rutland and Mike Cooper complete that quintet. Coops might have got there even quicker had he bowled more than nine wicketless overs in the whole of his third season of bowling in 1983.

The ODI list is here : http://stats.espncricinfo.com/ci/content/records/283535.html

As Stoke play pretty much all one-day/innings matches, it is arguable that the ODI list could form a better comparison, but it some ways it would be hypocritical as we play many timed/unlimited overs matches too and the players on the above CricInfo list are capped at ten overs, (or 11/12 for those who played in the old days of 55 and 60 over ODIs.)

We’ll let you decide how you interpret the above, but in conclusion we think that in many cases are bowlers are better than Yasir Shah!

Article : https://www.thecricketer.com/Topics/pakistan/yasir_shah_pacesetter_pakistans_spinner_poised_to_break_82_year_old_test_record.html
Yasir Shah :

http://www.espncricinfo.com/pakistan/content/player/43685.html Read more





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