50 Hundreds by Stokers – Part 3

Part 3, (of 5), of Ralphie’s take on the fifty centuries scored by team-mates and this week there appears to be a bit of an overseas flavour as he writes…

Part 3 and I can now visualise people trying to remember if I was in the team when they scored a century to make this series, and then speculating how high up the list they might be! Here are ten more for the collection…

Andrew Neil : 112 not out v Ewhurst (H) on 26/08/1995 – 1st XI – Fuller’s League
Scorecard : http://sdacc.play-cricket.com/website/results/2316300
Incredibly this was the first century I saw scored by a team-mate despite having been in the Club for a while. Andrew was one of three travelling Aussies, (with his mates Brian Rafton and Dean Nicholls they formed a great trio that would have given Greg a run for his money at the bar), and part of their journey saw them stumble on Stoke when they jumped off the train, liked what they saw and committed to the rest of the season. This was a very quick, chanceless hundred, Farrers made an equally rapid 89 and we were able to declare very early with a huge score and put men around the bat, something we weren’t used to doing back in the day as our League side wasn’t the strongest. Having clearly not got the pummelling out of their system at tea, the opposition were rolled in under two hours to complete the only win I had as acting 1st XI captain. Good times. I then had four TFCs to console in the bar afterwards. Bad times.

Siddhartha Lahiri : 113 not out v Old Tenisonians (H) on 12/06/2004 – 1st XI – Fuller’s League
Scorecard : http://sdacc.play-cricket.com/website/results/232968
Sid went on a run of 1st XI League hundreds in 2004, so it makes sense to group these three together. This ranks third of the three as the opposition weren’t the strongest and the pitch played well. Credit to our bowlers for pegging things back after the opposition made a good start. Sid called for just about everything during this knock; replacement footwear, bat, gloves, (twice), and ended with Simon acting as a runner for him!

Siddhartha Lahiri : 112 v Long Ditton (A) on 28/08/2004 – 1st XI – Fuller’s League
Scorecard : http://sdacc.play-cricket.com/website/results/232829
Not many people saw this as everyone was watching the Olympics in Long Ditton’s new excellent clubhouse. I was on the book, Bruce was at the non-striker’s end for most of the innings, the two player umpires didn’t get much relief and Sandy & Andrew were padded up for ever with half an eye on the TV. They made late entries to the field just after Kelly Holmes won gold. In reality we shouldn’t have chased anything like 184 – Long Ditton were 25-4 off about 25 overs at one stage – one of them the prolific Jason Matthews – but they got away as batting conditions got easier, and after tea the pitch was great to bat on and Sid did his thing.
Sid Coke

Siddhartha Lahiri : 112 v Woodmansterne (H) on 24/07/2004 – 1st XI – Fuller’s League
Scorecard : http://sdacc.play-cricket.com/website/results/233061
No 3 of 3 in this Sid trilogy. Although this was a Fuller’s Division 2 match, Woodmansterne had not been long out of the Surrey Championship and possessed some decent players in their line up; notably left-armer Aldous and leg-spinner Wortley, the latter having many wickets on the Play Cricket network. Sid scored 112 of the first 165 before he was dismissed. Sadly we didn’t give ourselves enough time to complete the win, but it was a good declaration given the quality of the opposition batting line up that we had to work our way through on a good pitch.
Sid v Dorking in 2010

Hiken Shah : 108 not out v Maori Oxshott (A) on 23/07/2011 – 1st XI – Surrey Championship
Scorecard : http://sdacc.play-cricket.com/website/results/1608180
I move from a trio of centuries by one Indian to a trio by another. This was a pretty routine run-chase after we had bowled the hosts out on a good pitch. Oxshott had a moderate attack that day and despite losing Adi early, the rest of the runs were knocked off by a pair who have scored 18994 runs and 38 centuries between them in First Class cricket. We were soon back at HQ watching the 2nd XI secure an important winning draw, a match I was originally selected to play in before Sid cried off and I was summoned up the road to make up the numbers. The champagne Drew gave me that morning to celebrate 20 years with the Club that week went down very nicely afterwards!
Hiken Thumbs Up

Hiken Shah : 102 not out v Chertsey (H) on 06/06/2009 – 1st XI – Surrey Championship
Scorecard : http://sdacc.play-cricket.com/website/results/1137000
This was the Hik-Man’s first century for the Club in his second season for us after some near misses in his first. A welcome boost to the team’s morale after a run of defeats, (something still a young side weren’t used to.) Midweek and overnight rain made batting a challenge, moreso Chertsey had a useful attack with Burton & Ogle on new nut duties, then Cooper and League spinner Shepherd as the second wave. With Gav’s help and Tim & Frosty chipping in we got to a great score having lost a crucial toss. Sadly the pitch died and with that went our chances of victory.
Hiken Shah v England 1

Hiken Shah : 118 not out v Godalming (H) on 26/05/2012 – 1st XI – Surrey Championship
Scorecard : http://sdacc.play-cricket.com/website/results/1826872
Another morale boosting win. We had not started the season well and on this occasion we were also missing the Captain and a few of our stars. On a good pitch we did well to restrict a decent line-up to 189, Toby & Bondy the pick; and were in a bit of a spot at 78 for 3 before Hik went through the gears, (having earlier been bowled off a no-ball), to secure a good win.
Hiken bats with Sachin

Steve Wade : 107 v Worplesdon & Burpham (H) on 18/06/2005 – 1st XI – Fuller’s League
Scorecard : http://sdacc.play-cricket.com/website/results/630819
Another century that rescued us from a precarious position. 115 for 5 on a hot day on a good pitch with the division’s leading wicket-taker at one end, and the League’s leading wicket-taker for the previous two seasons at the other. Wadey dug in, Pagie stayed with him and by the end we had nice score to bowl at as the pair asserted control. The opposition had a crack at the chase, but Coops grabbed the game by the scruff of the neck after drinks and bowled us into position to record an unlikely win. Sadly Overseas batsman Dave Pryles, (who guested once for Stoke), was batting at No.11 due to injury and had more than enough competence to play out the last couple of overs.

Tim Handel : 135 v Streatham & Marlborough (H) on 19/07/2009 – Academy – Surrey Trust
Scorecard : http://sdacc.play-cricket.com/website/results/1105174
The first of two high scores that are ranked outside the top 20 on ‘strength of opposition’ grounds. The opposition were very late, very disorganised and ran into a well-drilled Stoke Academy side. The result was a bruising win with Tim starting things by having one of those days where everything came off, and James Trower ending matters with a wicket with his first ball in Trust League cricket.
Handel Thumbs Up

Siddhartha Lahiri : 152 not out v Franklin Lewin (H) on 28/09/2003 – Sunday XI – Friendly
Scorecard : http://sdacc.play-cricket.com/website/results/224828
One of the highest scores ever recorded by a Stoker but the quality of the pitch, and quality, (or lack of), of the bowling made this an easier task than others in this list – clearly I’m going to say it was a road when examining the bowling figures! Still, 152 not out is 152 not out. Sid blotted his copybook a bit towards the end when farming the strike that limited others their chance, (cue telling off from Mr.Gudgeon), but in the end the extra runs he plundered did give us plenty to play with to secure the win.
Star Academy Sid

So a bit of a “coaches’ corner” for this latest batch as we start to get more League hundreds into the rankings. With the exception of Wadey, whose solitary entry on the 100s board to date is above, (http://www.stokecc.co.uk/centuries/), all of the above centurions have entries higher up the list.

This batch contained eight, (nine if you include Trust League), League centuries, suggesting an increase in the difficulty level as we go higher up the list, but there are more variables than that if you recall from Part 1, and the centurions above are some of our best ever players so there would have been a higher expectation have delivered most of the above.

Join us next week as we move into the top 20…