The latest Stoker to submit his Greatest XI is our newest member of the 500-club Adrian Mills. Selected by many others in their best ever sides, it’s time for Po to share his own selection with the world. Po writes…
I’ve had 16 seasons at Stoke, (so far), during which time I’ve played alongside hundreds of other players of varying abilities. Selecting the best will always be a matter of judgement so feel free to disagree with my selections – I know some of you will. I’ve decided for the purposes of this list that I have to have played at least 10 games with each player. That way I’ve been able to disregard anyone I’ve just played the odd one or two games with. Here goes… Read more
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? Read more
With Pagie reminiscing about the 1st XI’s promotion day out at Sanderstead in 2008, (http://www.stokecc.co.uk/2017/02/04/my-greatest-xi-andy-page/), the same day the 2nd XI crushed Lingfield to secure the Championship of the 2nd XI competition. Five of Richie P’s greatest XI, (http://www.stokecc.co.uk/2016/12/11/stoke-dabernon-advent-calendar-2016-11/), were in the side that day, and a few were out with Logie last week. Here is the team… Read more
Yesterday evening saw Logie complete his 29th catch-up mission, (of 70 in his calendar so far), for his 70th birthday.
For those who don’t know Logie, he was Stoke’s 1s skipper in 1997 and 1998, (he also captained the 2s for part of 1995, all of 1996 and all of 2000), and assembled a squad of Stokers to help celebrate his birthday, (not until April!), at The Plough over the road from the Club yesterday evening. Read more
The next Stoker to put forward his squad and greatest final XI is Dom Morley, who has written to us from his placement in the States…
Had a bit of time on my hands out here in Montana so thought I’d chip in to the best XI that I’ve played with debate, although mine is a very modern team: Read more
India have had two centurions in an innings on two occasions in the last few days.
In adult men’s cricket, Stoke have had two centurions in the same innings twice…in our entire history(!) both in the 1994 season.
On the 3rd July 1994 Mike Cooper and Simon Engelen both hit centuries in the rout of Guildford & Godalming : http://sdacc.play-cricket.com/view_results_details?id=10445529 Read more
It was Mike’s first century for the Club, (Simon’s second – of eight), having been run out for 99 less than a month earlier.
11 is for “My Greatest XI”
Listening to an old audio-book of Richie Benaud’s, in it he devotes a couple of chapters to what he calls “My Greatest XI.” By his definition they had to:
* Be brilliant cricketers, characters and good mixers on & off the pitch as they would be representing him. Read more
* Have a beneficial effect on the game, be champions and have left an influence on cricket.
* Play on good pitches with pace, good for shots and fast bowlers, with spin to come into the game later on.
It was Twenty Years Ago Today…
Saturday 4th May 1996
Fuller’s Brewery Surrey County League Division 2
Stoke D’Abernon 148 for 9 dec (55 overs)
Effingham 126 all out (34.2 overs)
Stoke D’Abernon won by 22 runs
Scorecard : http://sdacc.play-cricket.com/website/results/2323075 Read more
With thoughts turning to Alan’s funeral tomorrow, one of many things he did for the membership – before the days of the internet and other instant messaging and social media, (and the Play Cricket network) – was to produce “Cover Point” – a periodic newsletter that was posted to all members. Read more
The new year has started with some incredible scorecards and individual scoring; England & South Africa both passing 620 on first innings, Ben Stokes doing his thing, etc,…but this has been trumped by Prahan Dhanawale who hit 1009 not out in Mumbai this week. Read more