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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/





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





Keeping

With Ben Foakes walking off with the Man of the Series award earlier this week we thought it appropriate to devote some web space to wicket-keeping as, generally, the Stats and Features sections of this site lean towards batting and bowling performances.

Who could or should we ask? When looking at commentary in the “My Greatest XI” section, two bits of feedback from he of pony tail and he of Radio DJ helped us identify a suitable candidate to pick on…

Po : “…I’ve never seen anyone making keeping wicket look as easy. I don’t know enough about keeping to get technical, but I never worry about edges or stumping chances not being taken when he’s behind the stumps. Also a fluent batsman with the ability to rotate the strike or hit boundaries and, (like a lot of good keepers), never short of a word or two for the opposition batters when necessary”

and

Radio X : “…Easy choice as wicket-keeper. He has taken countless edges off my bowling over the years and helped my average out. Plus I’ve never seen anyone play so little yet always look in decent touch with the bat. Thankfully we never bat together as he runs far too many singles.”

Having gone past 200 dismissals for the Club in the season just gone, we set Tom Frost a little challenge which he gladly took on.

Firstly, could he recall the twelve players who he has combined with for the most catches and/or stumpings?

TF : I can have a stab at the names but I’ve no idea about the order…

1. Willo
2. Hiken
3. Hoppy
4. Toby
5. Ralphie
6. Shawn
7. Timmy

SDCC : A good start here as six of the seven above are on the list…

24 – Coleman (23ct, 1st)
20 – Handel (All ct)
17 – W.Frost (5ct, 12st)
14 – Tarrant (13ct, 1st)
13 – Hopton (9ct, 4st)
10 –
9 –
9 –
8 –
8 – Shah (5ct, 3st)
7 –
6 –
5 –

Frosty Keeping
Frosty and Willo

Surprisingly Shawn Dyson is, (currently), an incorrect answer. There has only been one c T.Frost b Dyson

TF : Surely Dyson got more than 1 snick off…

SDCC : Shawn has picked up six wickets courtesy of catches by keepers, (over 55% of all Shawn’s dismissals have been bowled or leg-before), but five of them were held by James Whitmarsh. Frosty has just the one behind the timbers, plus one as an outfielder.

TF : Will Gudgeon? Andy Page?

SDCC : W.Gudgeon is a correct answer, (7 – all caught), but nothing off Pagie.

Frosty Keeping T20 Finals

TF : Raimondo has to be in there. Will Lander? Stuart Riley?

SDCC : A couple more gaps filled, so the board now looks like this…

24 – Coleman (23ct, 1st)
20 – Handel
17 – W.Frost (5ct, 12st)
14 – Tarrant (13ct, 1st)
13 – Hopton (9ct, 4st)
10 –
9 –
9 – Raimondo (2ct, 7st)
8 –
8 – Shah (5ct, 3st)
7 – W.Gudgeon
7 – W.Lander
6 –
5 –

Stuart Riley wasn’t a great guess as he only took thirteen wickets for the Club, six of them for the 2s.

TF : (Looks like he is starting to think about the Trust League) T.Gudgeon? Alim Sheikh? Trying to think of who used to bowl when we were in Fuller’s…also I used to play Sunday so maybe Roy Johns or Finchy?

Frosty Team Picture STL

SDCC : Updated list…
24 – Coleman (23ct, 1st)
20 – Handel
17 – W.Frost (5ct, 12st)
14 – Tarrant (13ct, 1st)
13 – Hopton (9ct, 4st)
10 –
9 – T.Gudgeon (8ct, 1st)
9 – Raimondo (2ct, 7st)
8 –
8 – Shah (5ct, 3st)
7 – W.Gudgeon
7 – W.Lander
6 –
5 –

Only one c T.Frost b Sheikh and two just dismissals each off Johns and Riley. Incredibly, despite the difference in the number of overs bowled and wickets taken for the Club, the Finch brothers have one dismissal each courtesy of Frosty.

A great effort so far, and having kept a promise not to cheat, he did start to ask for some clues! (Without scrolling down, how are other readers of this getting on?)

TF : Spinners or seamers? Levido? Saud Hassan?

24 – Coleman (23ct, 1st)
20 – Handel
17 – W.Frost (5ct, 12st)
14 – Tarrant (13ct, 1st)
13 – Hopton (9ct, 4st)
10 –
9 – T.Gudgeon (8ct, 1st)
9 – Raimondo (2ct, 7st)
8 –
8 – Shah (5ct, 3st)
7 – W.Gudgeon
7 – W.Lander
6 – Levido
5 –

SDCC : Sam Levido, he of mullet and late swing, teamed up with Frosty six times in the single season that he played for us. Saud Hassan played a few more years but just the one c T.Frost b Hassan in the scorebooks.

TF : Seb Jewell? Sid? Surely Po!

SDCC : No and two yesses respectively…

24 – Coleman (23ct, 1st)
20 – Handel
17 – W.Frost (5ct, 12st)
14 – Tarrant (13ct, 1st)
13 – Hopton (9ct, 4st)
10 – Lahiri (4ct, 6st)
9 – T.Gudgeon (8ct, 1st)
9 – Raimondo (2ct, 7st)
8 –
8 – Shah (5ct, 3st)
7 – W.Gudgeon
7 – W.Lander
6 – Levido
5 – Mills

Nothing for Sebby but Lahiri was the last of the missing double-digit answers…

Nearly there…

TF : Ummm…Duncan Murphy…Gluckman…CHALKY!!!

Frosty Gurn 2

SDCC : Only two for Murphy, (both caught), and three, (all-stumped), for the God of Chalk. Just a solitary stumping off Gluckers.

TF : Surely I took more than 3 off Chalky! I might need a clue…Richie?

SDCC : Richie P 1ct 1st and Robbie P zero.

TF : I am kicking myself here. 8 is loads so definitely kept over multiple seasons…I’m desperately trying not to cheat!

SDCC : OK, a clue…you kept to him in one match this year. You also played another match with him but he didn’t bowl…

TF : I can only think of Roddy (Kelso) or Kane (Fullalove) that fit that bill. League games THIS year? Jase?

SDCC : Only ever one c T.Frost b Earl (v Avorians in 2012)

TF : Do I stand up to him?

SDCC : Wouldn’t recommend it…but then again you did stand up to Bomber this year…

TF : Speaking of which I plan on putting in the work so that I can stand up to him in middle overs this season to raise my game to the new division’s standard…

…BONDY!!!!!

SDCC : Yes, this completes the board…

24 – Coleman (23ct, 1st)
20 – Handel
17 – W.Frost (5ct, 12st)
14 – Tarrant (13ct, 1st)
13 – Hopton (9ct, 4st)
10 – Lahiri (4ct, 6st)
9 – T.Gudgeon (8ct, 1st)
9 – Raimondo (2ct, 7st)
8 – Bond
8 – Shah (5ct, 3st)
7 – W.Gudgeon
7 – W.Lander
6 – Levido
5 – Mills

Frosty Team Picture JLT

There have been 44 different caught and/or stumped T.Frost b Bowler combinations amongst his 201 dismissals, against 64 different clubs. Nearly a third of all dismissals, 63, have come against just eight of those clubs, though.

Being told the last paragraph seemed to light the curiosity touch paper, so looking for another challenge Frosty asked for another list with gaps to fill. We sent him this…

10 – One opposition
9 – 2 x oppositions
8 – 2 x oppositions
7 – One opposition
6 – 2 x oppositions

TF : I remember taking 3 catches against Godalming when I wasn’t keeping so I’d guess that they would be up there. I feel like we’ve played Old Ruts lots of times including Trust League. I haven’t played in many Churt games.

SDCC : 9 dismissals v Godalming, (Agge & Clarke twice, Old Man Gilly and four others once.) 7 v Ruts, (Foster twice.) Just the four dismissals against Churt in the two games this year.

TF : Merrow? Oxshott? Kingstonian? Old Hamptonians? I’m thinking of clubs that we have met in several seasons.

Frosty Gurn

SDCC : Some good guesses here…

10 – Kingstonian
9 – Godalming and ???
8 – ??? and ???
7 – Old Rutlishians
6 – ??? and ???

TF : Byfleet?

SDCC : No. Only 3, (14/06/2008 – Levido and 01/07/2017 – Tarrant x2 – quite a time gap there!)

TF : Chertsey? Old Paulines? Please say Dorking! Thames Ditton?

SDCC : You’re on a roll..

10 – Kingstonian
9 – Godalming and Thames Ditton
8 – Dorking and ???
7 – Old Rutlishians
6 – ??? and ???

From earlier, five against both Merrow and Oxshott…just one against Old Hamptonians, (James Lander), and none against Paulines.

TF : Struggling to think of more clubs. Addiscombe? Guildford City?

SDCC : Four and two respectively. Here is the full list including the missing ??? cases…

10 – Kingstonian
9 – Godalming and Thames Ditton
8 – Dorking and Weybridge
7 – Old Rutlishians
6 – Claygate and Hampton Wick Royal

…and here is a pretty decent squad of players that have fallen more than once to a caught and/or stumped T.Frost:

2 Agge (Godalming)
2 Foster (Old Ruts)
2 Gavin-Brown (Ashtead)
2 Hooker (Lingfield)
2 Hussain (Kingstonian)
2 Khan (Kingstonian)
2 Ravi Shankar (Old Tiffs)
2 Raza (Hampton Wick Royal)
2 Taylor (Weybridge)
2 Turnbull (Thames Ditton)
2 Vincent (Claygate)
2 Woods (Chipstead)

TF : Ah! I was thinking of HWR when I said Old Hamptonians! When have we played Weybridge enough times to take that many wickets?

SDCC : The eight versus Weybridge were…

2 in the Trust League in 2008
4 in the Surrey Championship T20 in 2009 – one of these was Oli Slipper
2 in the Trust League in 2010

The second one in 2010, (http://sdacc.play-cricket.com/website/results/1327532), was this guy : http://www.espncricinfo.com/australia/content/player/334394.html

trust-league-v-weybridge-2010

Four in a match is Frosty’s personal best…

22/05/2009 v Weybridge (Surrey Championship T20 Cup)
28/06/2009 v Magpies (Sunday XI)
05/06/2010 v Maori Oxshott (Surrey Championship 1s)
07/08/2010 v Thames Ditton (Surrey Championship 1s)
13/08/2016 v Sinjungrammarians 2nd XI

Frosty Team Picture

The full record can be viewed here : Tom Frost Dismissals

Here are Frosty’s full Play Cricket numbers, although the system doesn’t split out fielding and keeping numbers :

http://sdacc.play-cricket.com/website/player_stats_widget/fielding_stats/347494?from=fielding_stats&rule_type_id=179 Read more





Gareth T and Sid in The Times

The Townsend brothers are doing great things at Stoke and getting good local media coverage; but, Dad and Sid appear to have upped the ante by recently getting a mention in The Times:

Townsend and Lahiri in The Times
You may need to click on the image to enlarge it depending on what device you are reading this on.

Alternatively the article is on line here : https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/how-surrey-talent-factory-is-rejuvenating-england-z5hmrwf8j

Well done to all!





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