Tag Archives: Ian Hopton

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

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!)





Stoke rue lost toss in defeat to Epsom

Saturday 4th May 2019
Friendly
Stoke D’Abernon 127 all out (39.2 overs)
Epsom 128 for 3 (27.5 overs)
Epsom won by 7 wickets

Stoke got the rough end of the toss and their pre-season programme ended with defeat to Epsom.

Difficult batting conditions saw Max Subba Row and James Trower tough it out early, but both were dismissed by Somerford, (2 for 21), with just 27 on the board. Read more

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





Saturday Tour Match : BIG WIN!

Saturday 27th April 2019
Tour Friendly
Stoke D’Abernon 325 for 4 (40 overs)
Bungay 126 all out (25.3 overs)
Stoke D’Abernon won by 199 runs

Stoke played the their first tour match in arguably the most arctic conditions ever but an XI that the skipper would happily go into a Surrey Championship match with began their ‘warm up’ to the season with a big win. Read more

Keeping

With Ben Foakes walking off with the Man of the Series award earlier this week we thought it appropriate to devote some web space to wicket-keeping as, generally, the Stats and Features sections of this site lean towards batting and bowling performances.

Who could or should we ask? When looking at commentary in the “My Greatest XI” section, two bits of feedback from he of pony tail and he of Radio DJ helped us identify a suitable candidate to pick on…

Po : “…I’ve never seen anyone making keeping wicket look as easy. I don’t know enough about keeping to get technical, but I never worry about edges or stumping chances not being taken when he’s behind the stumps. Also a fluent batsman with the ability to rotate the strike or hit boundaries and, (like a lot of good keepers), never short of a word or two for the opposition batters when necessary”

and

Radio X : “…Easy choice as wicket-keeper. He has taken countless edges off my bowling over the years and helped my average out. Plus I’ve never seen anyone play so little yet always look in decent touch with the bat. Thankfully we never bat together as he runs far too many singles.”

Having gone past 200 dismissals for the Club in the season just gone, we set Tom Frost a little challenge which he gladly took on.

Firstly, could he recall the twelve players who he has combined with for the most catches and/or stumpings?

TF : I can have a stab at the names but I’ve no idea about the order…

1. Willo
2. Hiken
3. Hoppy
4. Toby
5. Ralphie
6. Shawn
7. Timmy

SDCC : A good start here as six of the seven above are on the list…

24 – Coleman (23ct, 1st)
20 – Handel (All ct)
17 – W.Frost (5ct, 12st)
14 – Tarrant (13ct, 1st)
13 – Hopton (9ct, 4st)
10 –
9 –
9 –
8 –
8 – Shah (5ct, 3st)
7 –
6 –
5 –

Frosty Keeping
Frosty and Willo

Surprisingly Shawn Dyson is, (currently), an incorrect answer. There has only been one c T.Frost b Dyson

TF : Surely Dyson got more than 1 snick off…

SDCC : Shawn has picked up six wickets courtesy of catches by keepers, (over 55% of all Shawn’s dismissals have been bowled or leg-before), but five of them were held by James Whitmarsh. Frosty has just the one behind the timbers, plus one as an outfielder.

TF : Will Gudgeon? Andy Page?

SDCC : W.Gudgeon is a correct answer, (7 – all caught), but nothing off Pagie.

Frosty Keeping T20 Finals

TF : Raimondo has to be in there. Will Lander? Stuart Riley?

SDCC : A couple more gaps filled, so the board now looks like this…

24 – Coleman (23ct, 1st)
20 – Handel
17 – W.Frost (5ct, 12st)
14 – Tarrant (13ct, 1st)
13 – Hopton (9ct, 4st)
10 –
9 –
9 – Raimondo (2ct, 7st)
8 –
8 – Shah (5ct, 3st)
7 – W.Gudgeon
7 – W.Lander
6 –
5 –

Stuart Riley wasn’t a great guess as he only took thirteen wickets for the Club, six of them for the 2s.

TF : (Looks like he is starting to think about the Trust League) T.Gudgeon? Alim Sheikh? Trying to think of who used to bowl when we were in Fuller’s…also I used to play Sunday so maybe Roy Johns or Finchy?

Frosty Team Picture STL

SDCC : Updated list…
24 – Coleman (23ct, 1st)
20 – Handel
17 – W.Frost (5ct, 12st)
14 – Tarrant (13ct, 1st)
13 – Hopton (9ct, 4st)
10 –
9 – T.Gudgeon (8ct, 1st)
9 – Raimondo (2ct, 7st)
8 –
8 – Shah (5ct, 3st)
7 – W.Gudgeon
7 – W.Lander
6 –
5 –

Only one c T.Frost b Sheikh and two just dismissals each off Johns and Riley. Incredibly, despite the difference in the number of overs bowled and wickets taken for the Club, the Finch brothers have one dismissal each courtesy of Frosty.

A great effort so far, and having kept a promise not to cheat, he did start to ask for some clues! (Without scrolling down, how are other readers of this getting on?)

TF : Spinners or seamers? Levido? Saud Hassan?

24 – Coleman (23ct, 1st)
20 – Handel
17 – W.Frost (5ct, 12st)
14 – Tarrant (13ct, 1st)
13 – Hopton (9ct, 4st)
10 –
9 – T.Gudgeon (8ct, 1st)
9 – Raimondo (2ct, 7st)
8 –
8 – Shah (5ct, 3st)
7 – W.Gudgeon
7 – W.Lander
6 – Levido
5 –

SDCC : Sam Levido, he of mullet and late swing, teamed up with Frosty six times in the single season that he played for us. Saud Hassan played a few more years but just the one c T.Frost b Hassan in the scorebooks.

TF : Seb Jewell? Sid? Surely Po!

SDCC : No and two yesses respectively…

24 – Coleman (23ct, 1st)
20 – Handel
17 – W.Frost (5ct, 12st)
14 – Tarrant (13ct, 1st)
13 – Hopton (9ct, 4st)
10 – Lahiri (4ct, 6st)
9 – T.Gudgeon (8ct, 1st)
9 – Raimondo (2ct, 7st)
8 –
8 – Shah (5ct, 3st)
7 – W.Gudgeon
7 – W.Lander
6 – Levido
5 – Mills

Nothing for Sebby but Lahiri was the last of the missing double-digit answers…

Nearly there…

TF : Ummm…Duncan Murphy…Gluckman…CHALKY!!!

Frosty Gurn 2

SDCC : Only two for Murphy, (both caught), and three, (all-stumped), for the God of Chalk. Just a solitary stumping off Gluckers.

TF : Surely I took more than 3 off Chalky! I might need a clue…Richie?

SDCC : Richie P 1ct 1st and Robbie P zero.

TF : I am kicking myself here. 8 is loads so definitely kept over multiple seasons…I’m desperately trying not to cheat!

SDCC : OK, a clue…you kept to him in one match this year. You also played another match with him but he didn’t bowl…

TF : I can only think of Roddy (Kelso) or Kane (Fullalove) that fit that bill. League games THIS year? Jase?

SDCC : Only ever one c T.Frost b Earl (v Avorians in 2012)

TF : Do I stand up to him?

SDCC : Wouldn’t recommend it…but then again you did stand up to Bomber this year…

TF : Speaking of which I plan on putting in the work so that I can stand up to him in middle overs this season to raise my game to the new division’s standard…

…BONDY!!!!!

SDCC : Yes, this completes the board…

24 – Coleman (23ct, 1st)
20 – Handel
17 – W.Frost (5ct, 12st)
14 – Tarrant (13ct, 1st)
13 – Hopton (9ct, 4st)
10 – Lahiri (4ct, 6st)
9 – T.Gudgeon (8ct, 1st)
9 – Raimondo (2ct, 7st)
8 – Bond
8 – Shah (5ct, 3st)
7 – W.Gudgeon
7 – W.Lander
6 – Levido
5 – Mills

Frosty Team Picture JLT

There have been 44 different caught and/or stumped T.Frost b Bowler combinations amongst his 201 dismissals, against 64 different clubs. Nearly a third of all dismissals, 63, have come against just eight of those clubs, though.

Being told the last paragraph seemed to light the curiosity touch paper, so looking for another challenge Frosty asked for another list with gaps to fill. We sent him this…

10 – One opposition
9 – 2 x oppositions
8 – 2 x oppositions
7 – One opposition
6 – 2 x oppositions

TF : I remember taking 3 catches against Godalming when I wasn’t keeping so I’d guess that they would be up there. I feel like we’ve played Old Ruts lots of times including Trust League. I haven’t played in many Churt games.

SDCC : 9 dismissals v Godalming, (Agge & Clarke twice, Old Man Gilly and four others once.) 7 v Ruts, (Foster twice.) Just the four dismissals against Churt in the two games this year.

TF : Merrow? Oxshott? Kingstonian? Old Hamptonians? I’m thinking of clubs that we have met in several seasons.

Frosty Gurn

SDCC : Some good guesses here…

10 – Kingstonian
9 – Godalming and ???
8 – ??? and ???
7 – Old Rutlishians
6 – ??? and ???

TF : Byfleet?

SDCC : No. Only 3, (14/06/2008 – Levido and 01/07/2017 – Tarrant x2 – quite a time gap there!)

TF : Chertsey? Old Paulines? Please say Dorking! Thames Ditton?

SDCC : You’re on a roll..

10 – Kingstonian
9 – Godalming and Thames Ditton
8 – Dorking and ???
7 – Old Rutlishians
6 – ??? and ???

From earlier, five against both Merrow and Oxshott…just one against Old Hamptonians, (James Lander), and none against Paulines.

TF : Struggling to think of more clubs. Addiscombe? Guildford City?

SDCC : Four and two respectively. Here is the full list including the missing ??? cases…

10 – Kingstonian
9 – Godalming and Thames Ditton
8 – Dorking and Weybridge
7 – Old Rutlishians
6 – Claygate and Hampton Wick Royal

…and here is a pretty decent squad of players that have fallen more than once to a caught and/or stumped T.Frost:

2 Agge (Godalming)
2 Foster (Old Ruts)
2 Gavin-Brown (Ashtead)
2 Hooker (Lingfield)
2 Hussain (Kingstonian)
2 Khan (Kingstonian)
2 Ravi Shankar (Old Tiffs)
2 Raza (Hampton Wick Royal)
2 Taylor (Weybridge)
2 Turnbull (Thames Ditton)
2 Vincent (Claygate)
2 Woods (Chipstead)

TF : Ah! I was thinking of HWR when I said Old Hamptonians! When have we played Weybridge enough times to take that many wickets?

SDCC : The eight versus Weybridge were…

2 in the Trust League in 2008
4 in the Surrey Championship T20 in 2009 – one of these was Oli Slipper
2 in the Trust League in 2010

The second one in 2010, (http://sdacc.play-cricket.com/website/results/1327532), was this guy : http://www.espncricinfo.com/australia/content/player/334394.html

trust-league-v-weybridge-2010

Four in a match is Frosty’s personal best…

22/05/2009 v Weybridge (Surrey Championship T20 Cup)
28/06/2009 v Magpies (Sunday XI)
05/06/2010 v Maori Oxshott (Surrey Championship 1s)
07/08/2010 v Thames Ditton (Surrey Championship 1s)
13/08/2016 v Sinjungrammarians 2nd XI

Frosty Team Picture

The full record can be viewed here : Tom Frost Dismissals

Here are Frosty’s full Play Cricket numbers, although the system doesn’t split out fielding and keeping numbers :

http://sdacc.play-cricket.com/website/player_stats_widget/fielding_stats/347494?from=fielding_stats&rule_type_id=179 Read more





Nat Player of the Match / Hoppy & Shawn Win

Congrats from all at Stoke to Nat on her Player of the Match award yesterday; incredible figures and a stinging catch securing the gong despite Anya Shrubsole’s hat-trick.

Scorecard : http://www.espncricinfo.com/series/8634/scorecard/1150547/england-women-vs-south-africa-women-15th-match-group-a-icc-womens-world-t20-2018-19
Reports :

http://www.espncricinfo.com/series/8634/report/1150547/england-women-vs-south-africa-women-15th-match-group-a-icc-womens-world-t20-2018-19 Read more





Shawn & Hoppy Win / Phippsy on ESPN and You Tube

Despite their opposition trucking Darren Stevens – http://www.espncricinfo.com/england/content/player/20367.html – into their side, Shawn & Hoppy scored a routine(ish) – routine for Stoke anyway – win in their latest 50 over match yesterday.

Scorecard here : https://www.websports.co.za/livecricket.html?gid=234496&sportid=1
Occasionally the web link jumps back to a total of 141 in the second innings but WPCC won, honest!

A wagon-wheel of Shawn’s innings is also on our Twitter Feed.

Elsewhere, world fame for Phippsy as he was seen a few times on ESPN at the recent West Indies Regional Super 50 match between the Combined Campuses & Colleges and Trinidad & Tobago :

http://www.espncricinfo.com/series/8853/scorecard/1161304/combined-campuses-and-colleges-vs-trinidad-&-tobago-2nd-semi-final-super50-cup-2018-19 Read more