Tag Archives: Bob Willis

Thanks from David Willis

We contacted David Willis say that our thoughts were with him, and typical of the man he took time out to pen this reply.

It was very kind of you to write. Altough Bob didn’t play as many games at Stoke as I did it was certainly at the Stoke Rec that he honed his skills. We moved to the village from Manchester in 1954 and Bob and I were regulars at the ground on match days, carrying the players’ bags, putting the numbers up on the scoreboard and generally getting in the way. Read more

Tributes pour in for Bob

Everyone connected with the Club is shocked by today’s news. Our hearts go out to David W and his family.

Former Chairman Chris Gudgeon, now living in Canada, has taken time to pen the below:
The news today is very sad.
Bob leaves so many memories as a friend, neighbour and hero to me as a child.
On his return from Australia as a replacement to Alan Ward on his first tour I went round to his house on Bray Road where he gave me an autographed list of all the players.
I still have that treasured item.
He loved Stoke D’Abernon CC, visited us many times and was always humble as to where his amazing career began.
Rest In Peace, Bob Read more

Stokers Better/Worse than Virat Kohli

This week’s Ask Steven column on CricInfo looked at one of the poorer sides of Virat Kohli’s game. The question and the answer was:

Q : Does Virat Kohli have the worst average for anyone who has bowled more than 100 overs in ODIs?

A : Virat Kohli has so far taken four wickets in one-day internationals, for an average of 166.25. That is indeed the highest average for anyone who has bowled more than 100 overs. Next comes an Indian captain of a much earlier vintage, S Venkataraghavan, whose five ODI wickets cost him 108.40 apiece. Pommie Mbwangwa of Zimbabwe, (11 wickets at 103.63), also ended up with a three-figure average. Read more





Wisden Cricketer of The Year

Wisden coverage for both of our Ashes Winners.

Congrats to Nat on being chosen as one of Wisden’s five Cricketers of the Year.

Full story : http://www.espncricinfo.com/story/_/id/23110420/three-women-wisden-five-cricketers-year

Full List : https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wisden_Cricketers_of_the_Year

Nat has also just given CricInfo an interview : http://www.espncricinfo.com/story/_/id/23123414/hit-five-metres-boundary-get-12 in addition to one she gave All Out Cricket a while back :

http://www.stokecc.co.uk/2015/06/19/nat-gives-stoke-a-plug-in-all-out-cricket-magazine/ Read more





Bowled Out by a Stoker

This week’s “Ask Steven” feature on CricInfo saw one follower ask:

Which bowler has the best record of hitting the stumps, given a large amount of wickets?

The answer was:

Of the 181 bowlers who have so far taken 100 or more Test wickets, the two with the highest percentage of bowled dismissals are the 19th-century England pair of George Lohmann, with 51 out of 112, or 45.53% bowled, and Johnny Briggs, with 52 out of 118, (44.06%)

Next comes the first post-war bowler, Australia’s Ray Lindwall, who bowled 97 of his 228 victims (42.54%) – the Australian Charlie “Terror” Turner, (42/101 or 41.58%), and England’s Brian Statham (102/252 or 40.47%), both also bowled more than 40% of their victims.

Bottom of the list is the Indian slow left-arm spinner Pragyan Ojha, who rattled the timbers for only eight of his 113 Test wickets, (7.07%)

Statham is one of only seven men to have bowled more than 100 batsmen in Tests. The others, most of whom played significantly more matches, are Muttiah Muralitharan, (167), Shane Warne, (116), Jimmy Anderson, (104, before the Adelaide Test), Fred Trueman, (103), Waqar Younis, (102), and Wasim Akram, (101)

A look at percentages of ‘bowled’ dismissals by Stokers sees – with a bit of filtering – Bob Willis head our list…

Percentage of Wickets Bowled (Minimum 62 Wickets Taken)
(To generate this screen – you may have to click on it to enlarge it depending on what device you’re reading this on – we put in a minimum number of wickets taken to Bob’s count of 62.)

Bowled Willis

Imagine the prospect of turning out for your club at the weekend and finding him tearing in at you from the Railway End – his Stoke career bowling average was 6.85!

Either side of Bob’s count, a look at the highest percentage of wickets bowled at other milestones would suggest that it was easier to bowl players out in the past than it is now:

10 wickets minimum – L.Strange (pre-war) – 72.73% bowled, the other 27.27% were caught

20 wickets – Syd White (pre-war) – 72.55% bowled, the other 27.45% were caught
At this point Ben Dunjay, (13/22 or 59.09%), appears on the front page, as does Charlotte Elworthy, (22/32 or 68.75%), who is the highest ranked player from the Stoke Molesey Ladies. Nat Sciver bowled 26 of her 49 victims, 53.06%.

30 wickets – At this filter point, Syd White still tops the list, but Charlotte is now second.

40 wickets – Syd again, but two other recent debutants start to move up the list. Ed Ashwell has 43 career wickets for Stoke, 24 if them, (55.81%), have been bowled.

Keegan Weideman Read more





Tall XI

With members currently putting together their selections for the “My Greatest XI” series, CricInfo recently ran a variation on the theme with an article about an all-time tallest XI : http://www.espncricinfo.com/blogs/content/story/1078035.html

Well, we have news for them. We’ve thought of that one already; Po coming up with this in 2013 : http://www.stokecc.co.uk/2013/05/27/sdcc-tall-xi/

Scorecard from that match : http://sdacc.play-cricket.com/website/results/1943624

Since then we can add James Miller, Justin Jones and a handful of then colts who have now grown a bit, erm, a lot, (Cam Tarbet, Hugo Solway, Giacomo Gray, Ali Curran, Ben Holder and Ed Ashwell to name five), to the above squad.

Keep sending your squads and final XIs in to stokecc@hotmail.com





James on the Surrey Honours Board

Congrats to James Miller on his 6-for making the top 3 on this week’s Play Cricket Surrey Honours Board:

James Miller Honours Board 7th May 2016

James is the 199th different Stoke bowler to have taken five wickets or more in an innings, and the 21st to have done so on debut…yes 21 people have achieved that feat, the record debut analyses courtesy of H.Cleaver who returned figures of 7.1-3-9-8 in his only appearance for the Club in 1920. James checks in in 3rd place on the list below.

Seven players have registered a five wicket haul in their only appearance, two of them in the same game in 1941 when Messers Cowper and Kelly shared all ten wickets, taking 5-41 and 5-48 respectively.

Suzie Wood represents the women & girls, (Nat Sciver’s best was 4-21), taking 10th spot.

Here is the full list of debutant 5-fors and links to the scorecards:

H.Cleaver (8-9) – only appearance
http://sdacc.play-cricket.com/website/results/302850

G.F.H.Fell (7-37)
http://sdacc.play-cricket.com/website/results/301683

James Miller (6-24)
http://sdacc.play-cricket.com/website/results/2804751

P.Howard (6-30)
http://sdacc.play-cricket.com/website/results/239050

Dave Martin (6-36)

http://sdacc.play-cricket.com/website/results/244580 Read more





Nat Sciver and Ashes Trophy at Stoke on Saturday

We’re delighted to inform you that our ladies squad will be joined by Nat Sciver on Saturday at the Stoke Rec for some training and a few photo opportunities.

Natalie recently joined Bob Willis on our Roll of Honour as the second Stoke D’Abernon player to have played for England as a senior international. She was a member of our original record-breaking group of ladies who played for the club in their early teens, before she moved on at the age of 18 to Purley Redoubtables and Loughborough University. She is now 21 years old and played for England in the recent series against Australia, featuring in several useful batting partnerships to help win the Ashes.

Natalie will at our club from 11am to 3pm on Saturday. The bar will be open from noon, (the same time the men’s match against Twickenham kicks off), and there will be plenty of photo and autograph opportunities, so please pop down if you’d like to meet an England player!

Links : http://sdacc.play-cricket.com/profile/statistics.asp?id=10815715&ruleTypeID=6101

CricInfo : http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/content/player/515905.html





Bob Willis article

From one Willis story to another.

SDCC was with the in-laws at the weekend and a copy of “Amateur Soccer” from December 1968, (Volume 2, No 4 to be precise, and retailing at 2s 6d – a massive 12.5p!), started to do the rounds. In the round up there was news that Cobham FC were going to be without their goalkeeper for a bit…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

With Gordon Banks between the sticks for England at the time, perhaps we can see why Bob chose the cricket route…

Other Links:

Bob for Stoke : http://sdacc.play-cricket.com/profile/statistics.asp?id=10801438&ruleTypeID=6101

Bob on CricInfo : http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/content/player/22462.html