In the second part, (of five), Ralphie looks at the next batch of ten centuries that have been scored in games he has played in:
So an 80% approval rating for centuries ranked 50-41 is enough for me to keep going on this. Here is may take on positions 40 to 31…
James Trower : 102 not out v Sheen Park (H) on 13/09/2014 – 1st XI – Friendly
Scorecard : http://sdacc.play-cricket.com/website/results/718417
JT got an early life in this one, but after that his maiden century for the Club was pretty routine; Jack smashing the ball to all parts created lots of gaps to push one and twos. A lot of running, (especially when Jase came in towards the end of the innings), meant tiredness jeopardised chances of getting his hundred before the allotted 40 overs were up, but he sneaked home in front of Mum & Dad who timed their arrival perfectly.
James Trower : 107 (Retired) v Sheen Park (H) on 12/09/2015 – 1st XI – Friendly
Scorecard : http://sdacc.play-cricket.com/website/results/2542409
No, this isn’t a copy & paste or typing error. Same player, same opposition & venue, same result. Not much between this one and #40, but the 2015 edition has the edge as the game was a little closer and there was no early chance given. The scorecard doesn’t tell the full story, here. At drinks the opposition were 93 for 1 at the half-way stage with Stoke a man light in the field, JT himself leaving to check out what would be a broken digit. Jase deputised and juggled things well to make sure this ton was a match-winning one.
Tim Handel : 102 (Retired) v Staines & Laleham (H) on 19/04/2014 – 1st XI – Friendly
Scorecard : http://sdacc.play-cricket.com/website/results/673933
This seemed the perfect pre-season match-up, a chance to pit our wits against a team a division above; but whilst our regular 1st XI all came out to play, a number of the opposition’s regulars didn’t. Everyone got time in the middle, notably Tim who faced much fewer balls than runs scored before walking off to give others a chance.
Jack Raimondo : 114 not out v Cranleigh (H) on 10/08/2008 – Academy – Surrey Trust
Scorecard : http://sdacc.play-cricket.com/website/results/961846
First ball faced reared off a length, Jack appeared to punch the ball to the keeper, started to walk off but hastily about-turned when no-one appealed. After Will P saw off the rest of a decent opening spell where it nibbled around early, Jack and Tim then cashed in against inexperienced Trust League change bowlers. Every subsequent batsman scored at better than a run-a-ball too, and we had a nice big score to play with and take the points.
Siddhartha Lahiri : 109 v Australia House (H) on 25/04/2004 – Sunday XI – Friendly
Scorecard : http://sdacc.play-cricket.com/website/results/219832
These next two are against the same opposition. This match was a tale of two centuries, “Conrad” clubbing 100 to give the visitors a defendable total; then they unleashed some League quality bowling that our line-up, Sid aside, were unlucky to face and try to cope with so early in the season, many of us having not had a net, let alone a match. It really was one of those innings where you can say that a player was playing a different game to his team-mates. When Sid was out he had scored 109 out of about the first 120-odd. But for a few runs and extras at the end, this innings might have topped this list : http://www.stokecc.co.uk/2016/12/23/centuries-making-up-a-large-percentage-of-the-total/
Alex Chamberlen : 100 not out v Australia House (H) on 24/04/2005 – Sunday XI – Friendly
Scorecard : http://sdacc.play-cricket.com/website/results/94467
So now to Alex’s effort against the same opposition a year later. The match followed a similar pattern; early wickets taken by Stoke long-forgotten by the end of the innings as No.5 made a very quick 87 and Nos 8 & 9 scattered fielders to all parts, despite our League attack being on the pitch. In the chase, this time there were no heroics from Sid, and there was a real prospect of an early finish at 33 for 5; but after that we didn’t lose another wicket as Alex and Pagie constructed what is still our all-time record 6th wicket stand in friendly cricket – http://www.stokecc.co.uk/record-partnerships/ – Alex walking off to great applause, notably from Chris Hardy who showed incredible restraint of emotion having been padded up for over two hours.
Adam De Swardt : 100 not out v Battersea Ironsides (A) on 27/08/2016 – 2nd XI – Surrey Championship
Scorecard : http://sdacc.play-cricket.com/website/results/2804228
A very popular century from a very popular individual; and is the only 2nd XI League hundred in a match that I have played. (Sorry, Pagie!) All the batsmen got starts, but 118 for 4 was one of those 50:50 positions where, particularly in 2s cricket, things can end quite quickly. However Adam batted time, picked off his 1s and 2s and found good allies in Phippsy, Deepak and Roddy to post a defendable total against bottom-of-the-league, and more importantly, get Adam to his ton in the last over.
Dan Douthwaite : 112 v Epsom Methodists (H) on 09/06/2013 – Sunday XI – Friendly
Scorecard : http://sdacc.play-cricket.com/website/results/599400
A better effort than the Oxshott hundred from part 1 as the opposition bowling was decent. Dan’s age, (or lack of it), also needs to be factored in, here. It was a fine effort on a used pitch, (in stark contrast to the roads he had been playing schools cricket on), and this ton set a nice platform for others to make nice scores – we were still bowled out, though! Captain for the day Po then had plenty of runs to play with to ensure eight bowlers also had a chance to contribute to a good day.
Alistair McMillan : 107 v Ashford (A) on 10/07/2016 – Sunday XI – Friendly
Scorecard : http://sdacc.play-cricket.com/website/results/2850177
An age-related hundred at the other end of the scale, here. We don’t hold dates of birth of all former Stokers but we are guessing that Ali’s effort here makes him the oldest Stoker to notch a century. A blustery day made it hard for the bowlers from one end, but things were more challenging when the wind was behind. Ali used all his experience to get us up to a score that we should have defended had the captain had a poor day. Ali – next time you ton up we’ll make sure it is a winning effort, as your other four club tons have been : http://sdacc.play-cricket.com/website/player_stats_widget/batting_stats/257994?rule_type_id=179
Robbie Parrett : 104 not out v Whiteley Village (A) on 27/08/2005 – 1st XI – Fuller’s League
Scorecard : http://sdacc.play-cricket.com/website/results/630815
He’s a mate but crikey he frustrates! Arguably Man of the Match on one of the greatest days in the Club’s history at Sanderstead in 2008; (http://sdacc.play-cricket.com/website/results/1035802), we just don’t get to see him on the pitch enough, (even worse he teases us by saying he plans to make a comeback every year!) With more regular appearances, (just 38 in 14 years so far), we would have seen more than just this solitary entry on the 100s board. An unbeaten 104 out of 195 for 7 declared, (next highest score 17), tells most of the story; however to fill in the gaps, on the day Whiteley Village’s bowling wasn’t their strongest, but this was levelled up by a spicy wicket that needed batsmen to show all their skill to get in and make runs. Robbie stood alone in this respect. Now I’ve said something nice, mate, please start playing more regularly!
Same time next week for Part 3, folks…