1st XI Promoted with big win at Farnham

Saturday 7th September 2019
AJ Fordham Surrey Championship
Stoke D’Abernon 240 for 8 (50 overs)
Farnham 99 all out (36.4 overs)
Stoke D’Abernon won by 141 runs

Back in 1986 a little village club in Stoke D’Abernon travelled to Bramley needing a win to secure promotion from the second division of the Morrant Wey Valley League, a competition several divisions below even the bottom division of the Surrey Championship. On the day one of Stoke’s greatest ever batsmen, Ian Wellman, made an unbeaten 104 and one of the most talismanic players ever to play for the Club, Mike Cooper, took 5 for 7 to get the job done. Scorecard : http://sdacc.play-cricket.com/website/results/1963649 Read more

Stoke Smash I – Match Report

Friday 14th June 2019
Stoke Smash I
Vinall’s Vampires v Cheeseman’s Cheetahs
Umpires : Drew Patrick and Tim Handel

A separate report on Friday as a whole will appear but here in due course, but here is an account of how the match played out from the scorers’ table courtesy of the Big Bird and Ralphie. Read more

AGM – Saturday 4th July 10am – Attend by Zoom or Propose/Nominate/Vote by e-mail

Dear Members

We need to ensure that we comply with the terms of our constitution by holding our AGM on or before the 4th July 2020 so that our licence to sell alcohol is maintained. So, in these troubling times, a Zoom meeting for 10.00am on Saturday July 4th 2020 has been arranged. There are alternative arrangements for those who cannot use Zoom. (See below.) Read more

League Update

On what would have been the first League games of the season the Surrey Championship have issued this notice:

As we have now reached the milestone of what should have been the first day of the 2020 League campaign, we are sending a very different pre-season check-in. We truly hope that first and foremost this update finds you and yours all safe & well. Read more

Pre-Season Newsletter from the Chairman

Please read the attached Newsletter from Drew, save the dates mentioned and help where help is needed!

Link : Pre Season Newsletter 2020

The full transcript is here:

Dear Members!

2020 is a particularly special year for our club, marking our 150th anniversary. On the playing field, the club is in excellent health. Last season, the first eleven achieved a fourth successive promotion, reaching the giddy heights of Division One in the Surrey Championship. Our colts section also had much to celebrate across the various age groups, with a good number of juniors playing representative cricket at county level.

Stoke 150 Celebrations.
We have three events planned to mark our 150th anniversary.
• A BBQ after the first senior league matches on Saturday 9th May.
• A repeat of last year’s very successful ‘Stoke Smash’ on Friday 12th June, hosted by our former colt and current 1s player, Toby Tarrant, from Radio X.
• A re-union lunch at the club on Sunday July 26th for retired and current senior players before which David Willis and members of the Willis family will scatter some of Bob’s ashes on the outfield. We will also re-name the clubhouse ‘The Bob Willis Pavilion’

In 2015 we completed the extension and refurbishment of our clubhouse. We raised £250,000 to do this, through a combination of grants, fundraising events and generous donations from members. We will be launching a new project in May to raise funds that will enable us to put bifolding doors at the front of the clubhouse and install an electronic scoreboard in the roof above the entrance. Detailed costings are currently being calculated.

Sponsorship & Donations
The cost of running an amateur cricket club is higher than any other popular outdoor sport. Our square and specialist machinery cost £20,000 a year to maintain. Subscriptions and bar profits cover part of the cost of running our club, but we need to raise another £10,000 each year through sponsorship and grants to ensure that we break even. I ask you all to consider these facts and to offer financial help if you are able to do so. Donations can be made via the Donate button on the first page on our website.

Click here : https://www.justgiving.com/sdacc/donate/

Kevin Morgan is looking for volunteers to help with the U9 and U8 age groups. He will also be arranging a managers workshop with Tim Handel by way of pre-season preparation.

Subscriptions & Shirts
Membership forms will be emailed in a couple of weeks. We have made small increases to the annual cost for every category and we have introduced a new Family membership that covers a playing parent and two or more colts. Senior players and colts will receive an e-voucher for a free “Stoke 150” white cricket shirt, on receipt of individual subscriptions.

Thank you for your support.


Senior Nets Start on Sunday 1st March 2020 – New Venue

Dear Members!

Senior Nets are starting on Sunday 1st March 2020 and will run weekly through to the start of the season in mid-April.

We have a new venue and time slot for this year:

Feltonfleet School
Byfleet Road
KT11 1DR

Time : 3pm to 5pm

You don’t need to do the full two hours, but if you’re coming late or need to leave early, please let us know in advance so we can work out batting and bowling orders.

This is in addition to the Over 40s sessions that will continue to run every Thursday.

See you all there!

Saturday 28th December 2019 – CLEAR THE BEER

A Merry Christmas to our members, supporters and sponsors!
On Saturday 28th December 2019 we will open the Clubhouse from 7pm for an important event…
We have unopened barrels to sell off at knockdown prices – miles cheaper than any pub you might choose to visit instead so plan accordingly!
Price reductions will also apply to bottled ale, cider and wine by the glass/bottle.
It all has to go before we re-stock for the 2020 season!
Members are welcome to bring guests to help!
This event is always well supported so we hope to see you continue the tradition and catch up with everyone connected with the Club over the festive period.

Thanks from David Willis

We contacted David Willis say that our thoughts were with him, and typical of the man he took time out to pen this reply.

It was very kind of you to write. Altough Bob didn’t play as many games at Stoke as I did it was certainly at the Stoke Rec that he honed his skills. We moved to the village from Manchester in 1954 and Bob and I were regulars at the ground on match days, carrying the players’ bags, putting the numbers up on the scoreboard and generally getting in the way. Read more

Tributes pour in for Bob

Everyone connected with the Club is shocked by today’s news. Our hearts go out to David W and his family.

Former Chairman Chris Gudgeon, now living in Canada, has taken time to pen the below:
The news today is very sad.
Bob leaves so many memories as a friend, neighbour and hero to me as a child.
On his return from Australia as a replacement to Alan Ward on his first tour I went round to his house on Bray Road where he gave me an autographed list of all the players.
I still have that treasured item.
He loved Stoke D’Abernon CC, visited us many times and was always humble as to where his amazing career began.
Rest In Peace, Bob Read more

Dismissing Opposing Opening Bats

Earlier this year Jimmy Anderson dismissed Kragg Brathwaite to pass Glenn McGrath as the bowler to have removed the most opening batsmen in the history of Test Match cricket; the 156th time he has removed an opener for those who like to know numbers.

This got our stats guys interested and we took a look at all the opening bats dismissed by Stoke bowlers in League cricket, (including Trust League and Women & Girls cricket), back to 1972 when we joined the South West London League. Since then we have also played in the Wey Valley League, the Fuller’s Brewery Surrey County League and, since 2009, the Surrey Championship.

The person with the most number of opening bat dismissals is still adding to his count. Adrian Mills reached 151 during the 2019 season; Mike Cooper, Ralph Coleman and Gary Harkett also have more than a century of opening batsmen in their pocket; the next highest is RUN OUTS with 94.

Run Outs leads the way in women & girls’ cricket, (22 occasions), so when looking at bowlers Nat Sciver leads the way with 18 closely followed by Rosie McEwing, (16), Charlotte Elworthy, (11), and Millie Frost…Millie’s brother Will features quite high in the overall club list having passed the half-century mark recently – not bad for a spinner.

He of pony tail also leads the way when looking at the number of times a player has dismissed both openers in the same league game, (25), although Toby Tarrant is steadily making his way up that list so it will be interesting to see if he can catch him up over time, and if so how quickly.

To the end of the 2019 season 244 different bowlers have dismissed an opening bat in league cricket, (add in run outs and another unique dismissal – see below), and we have quite an extensive list. 86 different bowlers have dismissed both openers in the same league game.

Are you on the list?

A breakdown per bowler/per competition is here – Opening Batsman Dismissed– so you can see if you have dismissed an opening bat, and how many times. There are four tabs:

* Number of openers dismissed (A-Z by bowler)
* Number of times a bowler has dismissed both openers in the same league game (A-Z by bowler)
* Most number of openers dismissed
* Most number times a bowler has dismissed both openers in the same league game

There has only been one instance of both openers being run out. This happened on the 9th August 2009 when Elizabeth Donkin and Suzie Wood effected the run outs of both Horsham’s openers. Scorecard : http://sdacc.play-cricket.com/website/results/1195764

One other notable addition to the analysis occurred on the 20th July 1996 in a 2nd XI fixture where Old Guildfordians’ opening batsman was dismissed ‘Handled the Ball.’ This is the only recorded instance of a dismissal this way by a Stoke team, and will be a record that will stand for ever as ‘Handled the Ball’ will no longer go into a scorebook, for those who haven’t studied recent changes to the laws, handling the ball is now classed as one of the ways to be dismissed ‘Obstructing the Field.’ The scorecard for the game is here : http://sdacc.play-cricket.com/website/results/2314207

We contacted a couple of our greatest servants to the Club who were on the field that day; coincidentally both have their umpiring badges so we can take what they say as gospel.

Mike Baker : “…this was actually straightforward, though I recall it took some effort to convince their player umpire to give it. The batsman decided to leave the ball and realising that he had made a mistake and it was going to hit he patted it away with his hand. Obviously not a quick delivery, Gary, (Harkett), bowling up the hill if I remember correctly. Keith, (Watson), was keeping and obviously appealed. I had a good view from my usual gully position. I think the uniqueness of the dismissal made it stick in the memory.”

Rick Mustill : “I have memory of someone stopping the ball rolling back on to their stumps – a bit Goochie like…but I’ll go with Mr.Baker and his concise explanation!”

Here is a link to said Graham Gooch dismissal : http://youtu.be/Ph126DUK0r8

As always, we welcome any feedback or stories from this analysis.

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Local Games to Start the 2020 Surrey Championship Season

The 2020 Surrey Championship fixtures have been released.

The 1st XI’s first ever match in Division 1 will be at home to Leatherhead; the 2nd XI start life back in Division 5 with the shortest of trips to Oxshott.

The full fixtures can be viewed here:
1st XI : http://www.stokecc.co.uk/2014-1st-xi-fixtures/
2nd XI : http://www.stokecc.co.uk/2014-2nd-xi-fixtures/

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