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2nd XI beaten by League Leaders

Saturday 13th July 2019
AJ Fordham Surrey Championship – 2nd XI competition
Stoke D’Abernon 2nd XI 200 all out (51.5 overs)
Old Hamptonians 2nd XI 203 for 5 (41 overs)
Old Hamptonians 2nd XI won by 5 wickets

Stoke won the toss and decided to have a bat against the top side in the division yesterday. With a strong batting line up we hoped to put up a big score in the knowledge that they would try to chase whatever we got. Read more

Sunday Round Up – President’s XI win big. Sunday XI lose but have fun at Oxted

Sunday 7th July 2019
With a number of players who wouldn’t normally commit to a Sunday supporting the President’s Day match, to avoid disappointing others who wouldn’t have otherwise got a game, again we raised two sides with another XI going to Oxted & Limpsfield. Contrasting fortunes for the teams but many positives.

Home Friendly
Stoke D’Abernon 233 for 4 declared (36 overs)
Chelsea Nomads 65 all out (37.2 overs)

Stoke D’Abernon won by 168 runs Read more





2nd XI draw with Purley

Saturday 29th June 2019
AJ Fordham Surrey Championship – 2nd XI competition
Purley 2nd XI 280 for 9 (50 overs)
Stoke D’Abernon 2nd XI 177 for 7 (50 overs)
Match Drawn – ‘Winning Draw’ to Purley 2nd XI

Stalemate at The Rec for the second week running as Stoke’s 2nd XI, missing a few players due to unavailability and 1st XI call ups, secured a draw after a lengthy stint in the field. Read more

2nd XI Beat Ripley

Saturday 8th June 2019
AJ Fordham Surrey Championship – 2nd XI competition
Stoke D’Abernon 2nd XI 181 for 9 (55 overs)
Ripley 2nd XI 160 all out (42.1 overs)
Stoke D’Abernon 2nd XI won by 21 runs

A sensational win for the 2nd XI who had the worst of the conditions and were behind in the game for long periods. 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.

Bowling first in helpful conditions, Adrian Mills and Duncan Elder took a wicket each in their opening spells courtesy of catches by Ralph Coleman in the covers and Andy Page behind the timbers.

Opener B.Lineker and No.4 Nash dug in as Mills bowled his allocation right through, conceding just 23; Jase Earl and Tom Dennis were effective first and second change options; well supported by some committed fielding.

Addiscombe were made to work hard for their runs, but wickets proved elusive until Dennis snicked off B.Lineker for 49 on the last ball before drinks with the total on 85. Earl took out D.Lineker for just 5 after he walked over a full ball to give the home umpire an easy leg-before decision; then skipper Peter Phipps was left with the difficult choice of bowling out his best bowlers whilst things were going well or save some of their overs for the death.

Neither decision was the wrong one but he opted for the former in the hope that lesser bowlers would then be able to have a crack at the tail. Earl, (10-1-46-1), bowled all his overs in one go; Elder returned and finished with 1 for 33 from ten – and Raja Singh bowled much better than his figures suggested. Sadly wickets proved elusive as the pitch started to play well.

This left Dennis and Coleman with the majority of the last ten overs. Dennis picked up Nash for 53, well caught on the circle by Earl; Wise obligingly dragged a rare full ball from Coleman on to his stumps; then Justin Jones judged a catch well in the deep to give Dennis, (9-1-30-3), the match’s best bowling figures.

In the closing overs Southwell, (19 not out), hit the ball in unusual areas to lift the total to 212 for 7.

Stoke made a fast start to the chase when 21 runs were taken from the first three overs; but by the end of the sixth it was 29 for 2 as Andy Berry and Moumer Khara were both back in the pavilion for just 6 and 8.

Phipps and Jones kept the board ticking and total moved to 68 in the 16th over when Jones, (20), picked out the one man in the deep targeting the change bowling.

Earl joined Phipps and the pair took Stoke to a decent position of 100 for 3 when drinks were taken.

Phipps set himself out to bat through and was doing a great job; unfortunately the one additional contribution to get Stoke over the line didn’t materialise. Earl, (25), skied a return catch; Page and Dennis were both leg-before, not before the latter had battled a migraine to delay his arrival at the crease and played nicely for his 24.

A plan to promote Elder to regain the initiative didn’t come off, and running out of partners Phipps was bowled in the 47th over for 66 from 115 balls faced, much less than half the strike.

With the asking rate now at tens the last three wickets fell in the pursuit of quick runs and Stoke fell 19 short.

This was a tough loss, but much should be taken into next week’s home game against Kingstonian where, hopefully, returning players will score and save enough runs either side of the ball to help secure a first win.

Scorecard : http://sdacc.play-cricket.com/website/results/3753260





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





Sunday Tour Match : Win!

Sunday 28th April 2019
Tour Friendly
Stoke D’Abernon 188 for 8 (40 overs)
Woodbridge & Old Woodbridgians 104 all out (24.1 overs)
Stoke D’Abernon won by 84 runs

Stoke completed a 100% record on tour with a great win against Woodbridge who stepped in for the fixture after hosts Bungay needed resources to fulfil their League fixture. Thanks to Nick Lo for sourcing the opposition, securing use of the ground and arranging teas.

After the 1st XI had their fun the previous day, the Sunday side, made up of many of the Over 40s squad, took their turn; but the pros deserve a lot of credit for helping complete the Stoke XI, for others to field in rotation for the opposition who were missing a couple, and a couple who batted for them at the end.

With the opposition arriving with only nine, (one of whom arrived without kit and waited for his Mum to deliver it some distance to the ground), a negotiated toss saw Stoke bat first in a 40:40.

The Frost brothers were permitted to open the batting together. The O40s took the next spots in the order and the pros provided backup…but actually only faced one ball between them.

Tom played positively and hit some nice shots – some well saved on the circle by the fielders from the tour party – whilst Will batted patiently but still scored at the effective rate off anything loose.

A partnership of 67 ended when Tom F, (45 from 36), pulled one to square leg. Justin Jones dragged the fourth ball he faced on to his stumps, but Mark Christie played nicely, a helping of overthrows saw him reach 14 before he was caught at point with the total on 95.

In 2005 MP Vaughan asked KP Pietersen how he should play in the penultimate session of the Ashes. It’s alleged he was told “your way” – fast forward to 2019 and our KP Morgan asked his captain the same question. Given the brief to block the straight one and smash anything off line he did just that and made one of his highest scores in his ‘young’ Stoke career.

He was the lucky one to be at the crease when Willo reached a maiden half-century off the 68th ball he faced. Willo lost KP with the total on 139, and his captain – who didn’t practice what he preached to KP – on 166. Suddenly the need for Willo to try and go the distance gathered importance – surely he wouldn’t carry his bat, would he?

The dream was ended by his brother of all people who, acting as a substitute fielder, ran him out for 68 with ten fours and a career average now in double figures.

Geoff Vinall and Adrian Mills batted all bar the last ball of the remaining overs. He of pony tail was bowled by Minhas; next ball Handel was bowled behind his legs to halve his tour average. With Ian Hopton not padded up and Shawn Dyson umpiring; Vinall, (12 not out), swapped ends and hit the last ball for two to close the innings on 188 for 8.

Dyson’s willingness to support the Club at all levels saw him offer to keep wicket after another excellent tea.

Mills and Vinall were accurate; the former building pressure as per his tour song; enabling the latter to take two wickets, the first to a good catch by Jones over his shoulder that looked more like Hopton’s when it left the bat, the second saw off stump uprooted and the leg bail still resting on the other two.

Sadly we could only get a side-on shot – courtesy of square leg umpire Nick Lo – but said picture is surely a contender for the feature image of the tour?

Anyway back to the cricket; Woodbridge opener and captain Button had made 33 of the 46 runs before serving up a return catch to Ralph Coleman who only brought himself on as Christie fancied the other end.

Christie made the right call as the O40s continued to show their stuff, Jones taking a nice slip catch off his bowling to account for Sillis for 13. 61 for 4.

Barlow and Baskett kept the board ticking and had one or both gone on it might have made for an interesting finish when news broke that Blackburn and Trower were listed to come in at 10 and 11.

However it was time for some spin. Smart money might have seen Will Frost be the first to have a turn, then Hopton maybe; but it was Handel, with two wickets in two balls in his first over – his first wickets for the Club since September 2014 – who opened the door to a quick finish.

The door ajar, Hopton smashed through it, dispatching the tail with four quick wickets in twelve balls to close the match. Handel took a ridiculous catch on the line; throwing it back to prevent a six, then another more regulation one at cow; Dyson took the simplest of catches followed by a smart stumping of Blackburn who hit another maximum. James Trower was left unbeaten on 2.

Hopton 3.1-0-12-4, Handel 2-1-11-2, the last six wickets fell for just 23 and Woodbridge were all out for 104 in just 25.1 overs.

A great way to end a great weekend. Everyone made it home safely and should all have taken a memory or two – or more – back with them. To think this weekend started with a throwaway comment in the bar after one of the Over 40s training sessions.

There are too many people to thank, particularly the players who came along to make it happen in the first place; but it would be remiss of us not to mention Nick for giving us exclusive use of Barn Owl Glade for the weekend, for sourcing the fixtures, arranging teas and being a constant source of help with logistics.

Scorecard : http://sdacc.play-cricket.com/website/results/4031247