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Centuries on Debut / Time Taken to Make First Hundred

Ben Foakes made a century in his first Test innings last week, and this fitted in nicely with some other analysis we were doing after CricInfo were asked to look at one or two things by their followers.

Four Stokers have made a century on their debut, (in Claire Trafford’s case she arrived on the scene with a score of 213 not out!), and many others have got to three figures in pretty quick time.

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Lowest Career Averages to Contain a Century

In last week’s “Ask Steven” section on CricInfo “Irfan” from Pakistan asked:

I noticed that Ajit Agarkar has a Test batting average of 16.79 despite having a century to his name. Is this the lowest Test batting average to include a century?

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My Greatest XI : Ian Wellman

“Hello from a hot and steamy Dubai!!!” writes Ian Wellman who has used some down-time out there to select and send in his contribution to the Greatest XI series. Ian continues…

Good luck for the coming season for all the teams at Stoke. We at Valley End follow the results closely as you know, and hope that you enjoy further promotions to follow the successes of recent years.

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My Greatest XI : Chris Gudgeon

In response to our latest Joe Root/Richie Parrett article, we’ve received the following from Chris Gudgeon…

Dear All!

Firstly a very Happy New Year to all from a snowy Toronto! Love reading the excellent Stoke site and keeping up with the news.

Going on the basis of those that I have had the pleasure of playing with at my time at Stoke here is my stab and a best XI:

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Best Wishes from Ian Wellman

Stoke’s 2nd all-time leading run scorer Ian Wellman has contacted us to wish us the best for the season.

Ian writes, (and this was in response to a mailer about the ceremony for Alan Wiseman this Sunday – see message board):

“Many thanks for the notification. Unfortunately I will not be able to make it to the ground as I am in Abu Dhabi at the moment…in fact I am about to give a certain Mr.D.Willis a call to see if we can catch up later!

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Tributes to Alan Wiseman flood in

We were very saddened to learn that Stoke legend Alan Wiseman, passed away at the weekend.

Within hours of the new breaking Stokers in the UK and around the world have sent in their tributes:

Chris Gudgeon : “Very sad to hear of his passing. I cherish great memories…his dogs often left to roam the Rec during games…his rather unreliable Volvo cars…his thespian skills with the Cobham Players…The Folk Club. But overall my abiding thoughts are of his huge love for the Cclub…all of us heard of his dismissals being delivered by future Test players…caused by giraffes but Alan was a great competitor. He also served the club as Chairman…and was always around…Committee meetings it is fair to say we’re amusingly chaotic…but full of good memories. Will miss you Alan…puff away on that pipe in the clubhouse in the sky.”

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Greetings from overseas from David Willis

Once or twice a year SDCC contacts former captain David Willis, (brother of RGD and still a massive supporter of Stoke from afar), to see how he’s getting on.

The exchange is worth posting here…

DHW : Very good to hear from you and in case nobody else says it or hasn’t said it recently thanks so much for the remarkable work you guys have done, (refer Matt Gottschalk and Adrian Mills here), on the Club’s history and statistics. Have you found the match in about 1957 when the Stoke team was dismissed for 11 all out with seven extras? See you in the summer!

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