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Great wins for the Under 10s and Under 11s

Sunday 19th May 2019
Mid-Surrey Colts League Under 10 Cup – Round 1
Spencer U10 99 all out (16.1 overs)
Stoke D’Abernon U10 99 for 9 (20 overs)
Stoke D’Abernon U10 won by losing fewer wickets

What a game! All of the boys were just magnificent. Spencer have one of the largest if not the largest colts sections in Surrey and it is no mean feat to put them into second place. A fantastic TEAM effort from all of the boys and everyone contributed to bring the game to a last over/last ball nail biter! Read more

6000 Career Runs for the President

Sunday 19th May 2019
Friendly
Stoke D’Abernon 174 for 9 (40 overs)
Maori Oxshott 178 for 6 (34.5 overs)
Maori Oxshott won by 4 wickets

A marked improvement on last week’s performance for the Sunday XI.

In the end the team were left to rue a shortage of runs again, but they made Oxshott work very hard for the win, and it took three of their players to register career best scores to get the job done. Read more

1st XI P2 W2 after beating Bank of England

Saturday 18th May 2019
AJ Fordham Surrey Championship
Bank of England 209 for 9 (50 overs)
Stoke D’Abernon 210 for 2 (29 overs)
Stoke D’Abernon won by 8 wickets

Two wins out of two for Stoke’s 1st XI as they chased down Bank of England’s moderate total in double-quick time. Read more

Narrow defeat for depeleted 2nd XI

Saturday 18th May 2019
AJ Fordham Surrey Championship – 2nd XI competition
Addiscombe 2nd XI 212 for 7 (50 overs)
Stoke D’Abernon 2nd XI 193 all out (49.3 overs)
Addiscombe 2nd XI won by 19 runs

Savaged by unanticipated non-availability and necessary call ups to the 1st XI for two others late in the week; the final Stoke 2nd XI picked itself but out of adversity put up a great fight. Read more

Odd Performance by the Sunday XI

Sunday 12th May 2019
Friendly
Stoke D’Abernon 148 all out (39.3 overs)
Odney 151 for 1 (26 overs)
Odney won by 9 wickets

An uncharacteristic performance by Stoke’s Sunday XI saw them crash to a nine wicket defeat to new opponents Odney who enquired about a fixture last weekend but were just too late. This week they got in early when we placed our ad and brought a very sociable side along who stayed behind quite a while afterwards.

Pre-game discussions saw the visitors keen to bowl first, and with Stoke happy to back their batting line up despite the traditional multiple drop outs, the token toss saw Alistair McMillan and Moumer Khara take strike against visiting captain Finlay who was sharp for a Sunday bowler; and Van Heerden who landed his gentle medium pacers in good areas.

Khara Snr was well held by Bailie off Finlay for 11; and Carel Ferreira hit first change Moss’ sixth legitimate ball to one of several skilled circle fielders; but McMillan and debutant Richard Harris put Stoke into a decent position at 80 for 2 as the drinks break approached; but then the wheels came off.

McMillan, (36 off 61), missed a full one then Harris Snr who looked good his 31 fell to a decent catch on the circle.

Rod Thomson and Ralph Coleman tried to bat a few overs in the hope that the extra batsman would arrive, (two expressed an interest in playing but when left to agree amongst themselves which one would report neither did), and despite hitting a boundary each they were unable to spread the field; much of this due to left-armer Dickie who sent down four overs for just three runs, taking the wickets of Coleman and Geoff Vinall with successive deliveries before the opposition opened the game up.

Sameer Khara gave Thomson some support but fell to a good overhead slip catch. Thomson himself was the last but one to fall when he was also caught – 120 for 8, effectively for 9 – it was a surprise to many that he only had 12 to his name having hit so many good shots, unfortunately straight to fielders.

Stoke were indebted to Shawn Dyson for covering one of the spaces created by the aforementioned drop outs; and bets were taken on how quickly the opposition would work out that he was he was amongst inferior players. A massive six over extra cover was evidence enough, and he smashed 23 before holing out on the line attempting a repeat in the final over. 148 was now something to bowl at, at least.

Stoke’s hospitality off the pitch – notably Jo’s excellent tea – was sadly matched by the bowlers and fielders when play resumed.

Dobson was given an early life when he mis-drove Sameer Khara to cover. Khara Jnr, and opening bowling partner Rory Harris bowled very well, the latter beat the bat several times, before Dobson and his partner Wilkinson worked them out.

Disappointingly the usual strong suit that is the change bowling had a collective nightmare and a ten over period saw the opposition scoring at tens off a succession of poor deliveries.

Thomson restored some order when he found Wilkinson’s edge and Vinall took a sharp slip catch; but No.3 Bailie, fresh off the back of a century last week, and Dobson who continued to hit the ball in unusual areas, knocked off the rest of the runs.

Two further chances went to ground along the way and the winning runs came courtesy of four byes to sum up the afternoon.

We’ll draw a line under this one and go again next week. Get your availability in – no drop outs, please! – in ASAP so we can assess our strength and find an appropriate fixture.

Scorecard : https://sdacc.play-cricket.com/website/results/4047684





1st XI make Winning Start at Worcester Park

Saturday 11th May 2019
AJ Fordham Surrey Championship
Worcester Park 151 all out (47.3 overs)
Stoke D’Abernon 152 for 5 (36.2 overs)
Stoke D’Abernon won by 5 wickets

Stoke made a winning start to life in Division 2 with an efficient put in & chase mission at Worcester Park. Read more

Best Ever Stoke Bowlers in the Surrey Championship?

So we’re about to start our 11th season in the Surrey Championship, and our first in Division 2 after three successive promotions.

Whilst our progress through the divisions has relied on a combination of batting, bowling, fielding and keeping excellences, not to mention tremendous team spirit and the support network behind the scenes; an article on CricInfo appeared in the off-season penned by Anantha Narayanan who chose to look at the role played by the bowlers in the success of any team. It would be remiss of us not to look at how our bowlers have done in comparison!

Narayanan tested a number of factors; but the one that is most comparable for us is the balance between economy and strike rate.

In the Surrey Championship we play a ‘split format’ of nine limited overs matches and nine timed/declaration/100 over matches.

The 50:50 matches potentially place more of an emphasis on economy rate than strike rate; in the timed/declaration/100 over matches it is arguable that the reverse applies with the need to force a result or dismiss a side as quickly as possible to enable the batting line up to get more overs back; but both factors come into play at various points in each format.

Narayanan’s conclusion was that, statistically, Rashid Khan, Joel Garner and Mitchell Starc were the three best ODI bowlers in history when looking at his various tests. (Minimum 100 ODI wickets.) Not a bad trio.

So using the same ‘economy & strike rate’ methodology, we took a look at our first decade in the Surrey Championship to see how our bowlers compared, and here they all are on a graph. The horizontal axis is strike rate, the vertical economy rate.


You may need to click on this image to enlarge it depending on what device you are reading this on.

To recognise the contribution of all the bowlers used over the last decade – and to get more interested parties looking at this! – a bowler has only had to take a minimum of nine wickets to make it.

The diagonal line is referred to by Narayanan as the ‘Line of Excellence’ – any players to the right of the line have a better combination of economy and strike rate; the further away you go, the better you are statistically.

Good news for Captain Trower is that all the bowlers expected to feature for him this year appear above the line. Dare we suggest that our best ever five man attack would be Douthwaite, Miller, Dyson, Spreeth and Zander? Not a bad combination – but of course only one of Miller and Dyson would be eligible to play at any one time; so who would you choose in place of one of those two, or indeed who would be your best ever Stoke bowlers in the Surrey Championship?

Let the debate – and the banter – begin!

For the record, here are the bowlers’ stats from 2009 to 2018 inclusive : 1st XI Runs Per Over Strike Rate and Average 2009 to 2018

(We’ll run Narayanan’s ‘economy & strike rate’ methodology against Stoke’s all-time leading wicket-takers and publish a separate article, but for now we’ll let you – and opposing batsmen agonising the prospect of facing any of our excellent bowlers – digest this one first!)





Sunday XI win at Petersfield

Sunday 5th May 2019
Friendly
Stoke D’Abernon 225 for 3 (40 overs)
Petersfield 159 for 8 (40 overs)
Stoke D’Abernon won by 66 runs

After the Saturday 2nd XI match was lost due to the opposition ground not being fit; a few of the affected players made themselves available for Sunday to allow an advert to be placed late in the week that generated an offer from an unknown quantity in Petersfield.

We struck gold; getting an invite to a great ground and an opposition that couldn’t be more welcoming…and they even sourced us an eleventh man as we were only able to replace four of the five players that had originally made themselves available but then couldn’t report for a variety of reasons.

The hosts earned more points when they invited us to bat first on winning the toss. First XI all-rounder Straw bowled a heavy ball from one end; at the other a highly promising Hampshire U15 girl Clarke bowled accurately and moved the ball enough to force openers Peter Phipps and Andy Berry to hit out.

The partnership gathered momentum as Berry tucked into some tidy but generally unthreatening change bowling; Berry survived a difficult chance at cow, but otherwise the Club’s first century partnership of the season was brought up in the 20th over. Berry moved to 53 in said over, but having greeted sixth bowler Sashidharan with a towering six into the trees first ball, he was bowled off the next aiming for a repeat. 110 for 1.

Phipps constructed a nice innings of 38 from 71 to complete his preparation for next week’s first round of league matches before being stumped, leaving two new batsmen, Steve Wade and Roddy Kelso, to build on the good foundation laid.

This they did; Wade Snr was scratchy at first but eventually got into a groove. Kelso was in good touch from the start and a stand of 64 in eleven overs was only broken when Clarke returned for her second spell and bowled Wade Snr for 30.

Wade Snr was replaced by Wade Jnr, Rory W created a good impression on debut; running hard and collecting an unbeaten 21 from 16 balls faced. Kelso moved to his half-century courtesy of a dropped catch on the line that trickled over the rope for four. Soon after he was one of fifteen people to leave the field after 40 overs with 225 for 3 racked up on the scoreboard.

After a nice tea with lots of variety; Adrian Mills and Geoff Vinall carried on from where they left off in Suffolk last weekend, sharing twelve overs and limiting the batsmen to just 39 runs for one; opener James Stratford-Tuke hitting Mills to mid-off where Carel Ferreira did well to get both hands under the ball.

A double-change by Phipps saw Kelso and loanee Rob Allerston share the remaining overs to drinks. Each took a wicket. Kelso found his range and the base of Windebank’s middle stump with an inducker; Allerston bowled tidily yet picked up a wicket with an out of character full toss that keeper opening bat Squires simply missed. Squires had made 38 useful runs, mostly through point.

The game was still nicely poised though as Cropley and Straw took the total past the 100-mark.

Ferreira and Ralph Coleman were the next two to have their turn with the ball. The former did well, but it was the latter who reversed one through Cropley’s gate, then Gibson could do little with one that kept low and ended up hitting the stumps via the toe of the bat.

Straw continued to take the attack to the bowlers, but his over-keenness to farm the strike saw him call the younger Stratford-Tuke through for a single that would have been a coin flip for a traditional Sunday fielder; but was officially rated suicidal given that the ball was hit straight to Kelso.

Did the right man walk off? One to discuss later, but Straw’s continued presence kept the game alive. Having taken a liking to a hitherto seam attack, Alistair McMillan came on and teased him to the point of utter frustration, and he was seventh out for the highest score of the mat, (62), when he was bowled giving it the charge.

There was time for Coleman to collect his third when Russell gave the umpire the easiest of leg before decisions; then Wade Snr and Berry shared the final two overs; Clarke completing her good day by nursing the final total up to 159 for 8; a total that contained just two extras, and no byes from Wade Jnr who did a great job. We’d like to see more of you please Rory – over to you to arrange, Dad!

Given where we were with fixtures and availability on Thursday, today was an utter triumph; made possible by the players supporting this fixture by making what was a lengthy away trip on a Bank Holiday weekend. Those available from today for next Sunday will automatically keep their places.

Scorecard : https://sdacc.play-cricket.com/website/results/4044352