We haven’t had one of these for a while, so here we go with this addition to series. (Link to them all here : http://www.stokecc.co.uk/my-greatest-xi/)
Club Secretary Phippsy lets talks us know his Greatest Stoke XI since joining us in 2008…
1. Jack Raimondo
I had the pleasure of batting with Jack on a few occasions, not very long mind you, and then watching him when umpiring. Very talented and great skills. Seen him really determined. OK it was in a 2s game last season away at Chertsey, but he was class. (This commentary provided before the recent game at Sinjuns.)
2. Andy Page
Well, a warrior. Saw him at tea at Ripley last season after his ton. Exhausted, but an over 50 League ton. (Scorecard : http://sdacc.play-cricket.com/website/results/2804454) Still great. In a fight. Have on my side please.
5. Johnny Lawes
Mr.Cricket for me. I watched his brutal ton to win a game at Sinjuns, (http://sdacc.play-cricket.com/website/results/1608657), and he was awesome. Also a game at Walcountians where I ‘survived’ for 15 overs against what I thought was tricky bowling. Johnny comes in and hits 65 not out and destroyed them. Brilliant. (Card : http://sdacc.play-cricket.com/website/results/1608630)
9. Alex Bond
Underrated with the bat. That knock v Dorking to try and save us from relegation a couple of seasons back was one of the best I have seen. 64 and nearly nearly did it, (Card : http://sdacc.play-cricket.com/website/results/2179207), and others like that…and with the ball he can be quick. Very quick.
10. Adrian Mills
What a class performer. Whenever he bowls I just want to stand at 2nd slip. Lovely flighted out-swingers, a batsman gets bored leaving, has a flash, and nestles in the hands of Phippsy. Easy!
11. Ralph Coleman
May have to put him up the order soon. Always there supporting the Club and can play. Love the field setting. One slip at 2.5 and one at 3.75. He can bowl though. Unlike Po no catches are easy of Ralphie. Flying edges or dives!
So there is my XI. A different slant on Stoke life…
Do you have a team of your own to compare with this? (It can be a Greatest World XI, a Greatest Stoke XI…or both.)
E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll include you in the debate.