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

9 Sophie Pout
62 51 24 40 146* 184 60 24* 26*in 2009

8 Sid Lahiri
45 35 25 25 113* 52 29 98 in 2004
and
25 29 47 34 82 65 39 53* in 2005
Sid’s first five innings for the Club were 61 27 52 111 and 62 in 2003

8 Alistair McMillan
25 35 34 28 78* 110 53 67 from August 2004 to June 2005

8 Ian Wellman
78 23 23 42 73* 49 26 25 in 1982

8 Phil Easton
24 53* 31 30* 47 33 60 34 in 1967

The hard-hitting Adrian Black heads a list of players, (alphabetically), with seven successive >20 scores, Shawn Dyson matched this in his debut season in 2017, and the Edwards brothers appear at this stage for the first time; David managing runs in successive seasons in the 1960s; Nigel twice in the following decade, including one seven appearance season where he made a score of 20 or more in every game!

A run of seven scores is very popular; a few of the names already mentioned appear again – more than once – and we also have sequences from some of our Club captains; Paul Worsfold and James Trower to name two. (Trower Snr has a longer run than his brother has managed in either his Stoke or Leatherhead careers.) Amy Page should be pleased to see that she boasts a better run than Dad.

The great Don Weller couldn’t manage more than seven successive scores of >20, but had some amazing purple patches with the bat as you will see below.

7 Adrian Black
20 30 22 66 101* 28 52 in 1992
Adrian also has a sequence of six : 65 22 82 in the last three games of 1993, he didn’t play in 1994, 54* in his only game in 1995, 29 in his only game in 1996 and 30 in his only – and final – game for the Club in 1997

7 Shawn Dyson
32 39 30 93* 20* 68 56 in 2017
Shawn in currently on a six game sequence of 138 88 24 21* 90 and 65 to the end of the 2018 season

7 David Edwards
20 37 93* 24 40 21 48* in 1965
…and…
45 24 41* 45 32 47 22 in 1966

7 Nigel Edwards
32 37 20 28 40 45 40* in 1973
Nigel then went through the 1975 season with a score of over 20 in each of the seven matches that he played : 47 101 32 24* 26 46 25

7 Chris Goode
84 21 37 30 22 22 37 in 1960

7 Paul Worsfold
52 23 58 56 22 32 27 in 1988

7 Steve Garner
35* 100* 27 22 in 1987 then 20 51 48 in 1988
…and…
66* 4* 65 33* 76 36* 1* in 1988 then 44 53 in 1989

7 Simon Engelen
30 52 49* 36 41 25 27 in 2002
…and…
Simon went through the 2007 season without being dismissed for under 20 in any game that he played : 39 28* 38 10* 44* 30 and he then scored 31 in the first game of 2008 to make a sequence of six. He has another sequence of six in 2005 too : 83 22 86 59 69* 66

7 Phil Johnson
45 53* 57 45 61 59 58 in 1953

7 James Trower
53* 21 32 102* 57 in 2014 and 103* then 27 in 2015

7 Don Weller
37 35 150* 24 53 52* 70* in 1950
The Don also has two amazing five innings sequences of 49 110 103* 76 and 70 in 1952 and 111* 82* 21 63 and 111* in 1954

7 Sophie Pout
24 21 68 45 27 39 25 in 2008
Sophie’s last four innings for the Club were 59 28* 53* and 118* at the end of 2009 and the beginning of 2010

7 Amy Page
Amy’s scores between July 2014 and May 2016 were 29 37* 38* 35* 8* 29* 36* and 35* (Average 247.00!)
She was not dismissed in the 2015 season

7 Tony Southam
63* 37 32 24* 37 38 34 in 2005
These were Tony’s last seven innings for the Club

When looking at those with six innings strung together; more Club captains and others who make a great contribution to our Club on and off the field appear…Mike Cooper has three runs of six or more innings but nothing more:

6 Andy Berry
80 58 47* 26 74 24 in 2016

6 Patrick Coni
31 59* 44 29 44 40 in 1995

6 Mike Cooper
20 29 49 21 30* 22 in 1986
134* 43 46 23 26 45 in 1995
45 20 and 20 at the end of 2002, then 27 41 and 41 again at the start of 2003

6 Peter Coppock
21 35 47* 20 and 20 again at the end of 1967 and 26 in the first game of 1968

6 Malcolm Dickson
33 47 37 38 30 23 in 2010

6 Peter Farenden Snr
25* 26* 36 28 and 45 in 1963, then 27* in his only appearance in 1974

6 Chris Finch (Twice – his brother only has a longest run of five)
51 24 35 27 29 and 59* in 2004
40* 31 20 22 52 in 2010 and 39 in the first game of 2011

6 Harry Gowan
35 45 58 33 26 49 in 1950

6 Chris Gudgeon
37* 85 22 86 43 65 in 1994

6 Tim Handel
36 23 49 78 31 and 64 in 2007 – these were Tim’s first six innings for the Club
Tim will also go into 2019 off the back of 85 56 and 40

6 Andrew Hayworth
Andrew played three games in 1997 and three in 1998, scoring 44* 38 30 21 47 and 47 again in his first six innings

6 Sabir Hussain
29 55 66 31 51 43* in 2001

6 Johnny Lawes
60 43 30 34 34 60* in 2010

6 Adrian Macarty
26 64* 66* 27* 25 26 in 1996

6 Bruce Murray
24 22 31 20 32 74 in 2003

6 Andy Page
21 19* 29 57 52 29 39* in 2015
Pagie also has a sequence of five : 25 17* 24 61 87 48* at the end of 2001

6 Jack Raimondo
20 86 43 54 40 24 in 2015

6 Hiken Shah
64 39* 35 33 47 88* in 2008
Hiken’s first five innings for the club were 22* 38 37 83 and 50*

6 Nico Spreeth
32 20* 31* at the end of 2012 then 71 21 and 33 at the start of 2013

6 Will Thomson
48 25 24 24* 133 and 79* to end the 2018 season

6 Olly Trower
34 and 28 at the end of 2012 then 80 22 30 and 33 at the beginning of 2013

6 Ryan Williams
20 30 32* 76 50 44 in 2003

6 Geoff Woods
45 74 36 20* 25* 54 in 1959

The longest sequences(*) for others are…

5 – John Bigos, Simon Birch, Mickey Bolton, Alex Chamberlen, James Corbishley, Jerry Dharmasena, Peter Farenden Jnr, Stephen Finch, Eugene Ford, Matt Gottschalk, Dave Harry, Peter Higgs, Ian Hopton, Adam Jolliffe, Roddy Kelso, Moumer Khara, Ron Knox, Ian Lipscombe, Phil McLeod, Brian Meredith, Gordon Meredith, Rick Mustill, Roger Potgieter, John Price, Bert Roberts, Frank Smith, Jim Tappin, Claire Trafford, (her first five innings for the Club were a small matter of 213* 56* 22* 79 and 21!), David Willis and Thiru Madhavan, the latter scored 777 runs for us in his only season for us.

4 – Bennett Andrews, Clive Barnett, BA Chaplin, Jeremy Connell, Alastair Curran, Steve Davis, Alan Day, Dan Douthwaite, John Dowling, Jase Earl, Carel Ferreira, Tom Frost, Giacomo Gray, Gavin Gresse, Gary Harkett, Saud Hassan, Sandy Henderson, Pat Hildreth, Duncan Howorth, Navid Hussain, Roy Johns, A Ledger, Deepak Malhotra, Bill Martin, James O’Gorman, John Russell, Billy Salkeld, Alan Simmons, Max Subba Row, Eric Thomson, Steve Wade, Keith Watson, James Whitmarsh and Ranga Yasalal – the latter scored 937 runs for us in his only season for us.

Keith Watson managed four scores of 20 or more on only one occasion, although his best purple patch was arguably in 1994 when a duck was followed by innings of 101* 111 and 57* – followed by another duck.

Is there anyone currently on a good run?

From above, Shawn Dyson and Will Thomson are on a run of six scores of 20 or more. A number of others have an opportunity to move up the list next year…

Our President Stephen Finch had a five innings run of 23 30 28 41 51 in 2005 but ended the 2018 season with 85* and 47* so has a chance to put in some early season scores next year to emulate or beat his brother.

Justin Jones will go into 2019 off the back of 55 47 31* and 113
Deepak Malhotra will go into 2019 off the back of 32* 44 63* and 26

Tom Frost will go into 2019 off the back of 23 41 and 117

Jase Earl will go into 2019 off the back of 45 and 48
Moumer Khara will go into 2019 off the back of 39 and 37
Roddy Kelso will go into 2019 off the back of 67 and 38*

Ben Holder will go into 2019 off the back of 112 and 27 in his last two appearances in 2016 and 49 in his only appearance in 2018. He didn’t play a game in 2017.

James O’Gorman’s last four innings have been 40* 24* 44* and 43

There is always the argument that on occasion there is sometimes little value in a quick 20 and out. Try telling some of the above, though!

So on this occasion Virat has our number…but he does need to work on his bowling! (http://www.stokecc.co.uk/2018/09/29/stokers-betterworse-than-virat-kohli/)

(*) Qualification : Minimum 3000 runs, or batting average at least 10.00, or for those with a batting average of less than 10.00 a minimum of 500 runs.