Centuries Making Up a Large Percentage of the Total

Followers of CricInfo will have recently seen this remarkable scorecard between Mpumalanga Under-19s Women v Easterns Under-19s Women:

Scorecard : http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/match/1072767.html
Article : http://www.espncricinfo.com/blogs/content/story/1072726.html

We’ve had a look at all the centuries scored for the Club and whilst we haven’t found any centurion make as much as 94.67% of a total innings score as above, we have had one instance where a Stoker scored a ton, we were all out and no other player made double-figures. Step forward Sid Lahiri who did this in 2004:

Scorecard : http://sdacc.play-cricket.com/website/results/219832
The opposition left before we had a chance to copy up the scorebook!


There has been one other instance where a Stoker made a century and no other player made double-figures, (http://sdacc.play-cricket.com/website/results/298820), but this game only ranks 13th on the list of ‘percentage of total’ where the innings included a centurion.

Click here for the full list: SDCC Centuries and Percentage of Total
There are two tabs on here, one in date order, the other sorted by percentage of innings scored.

Note that we have only been bowled out nine times when a Stoker has made a century; and a Stoke centurion has only been on the losing side 21 times, (Simon Engelen having the misfortune to suffer defeat after scoring a hundred on two occasions…both times we declared and failed to defend the total he helped to set!)

The biggest variance between the top scorer and the next highest scorer, (excluding extras), is 163, (alarmingly there are many cases where the centurion scored more than 100 more than the next highest scorer!) The gap of 163 occurred in Women’s cricket where Sophie Pout scored 184 not out in a total of 250 for 4; the next highest scorer was Claire Trafford with 21. Claire is the only double-centurion in our history, but her best effort, (213 not out), only has a mid-table finish as the team scored 406 for 3 in their allotted 40 overs.

Sophie’s effort is the second highest percentage of a total, the highest was contributed by Don Weller who made 150 not out from a total of 198 for 3 declared; this is the only instance where a Stoke centurion has scored more than 75% of the total.

Don W features heavily on the list. In total he scored 3328 runs for Stoke at an impressive average of 57.38 which prompts some comparisons:

In all ODI cricket only Ryan Ten Doeschate can currently boast a better average: http://stats.espncricinfo.com/ci/content/records/282911.html

In all List A cricket, only Michael Bevan has a higher average, (57.86), than our Don:

OK, Don Bradman didn’t play any List A cricket and had a First Class average of 95.14, (slightly lower than his Test average), but he never batted at the Stoke Rec.

Don W scored 30.44% of his teams’ runs over his Stoke career, third only to Thiru Madhavan, (38.52%), and Eugene Ford, (32.72%), if you set a minimum number of innings to 13 on our Play Cricket site.

As always, we welcome any comment you have on this. E-mail your thoughts to stokecc@hotmail.com