India drew first blood in the Test Series this week despite a moderate contribution from Virat Kohli. However Virat added another impressive stat to his CV recently in the ODI series against the West Indies where, having made 157 not out, he made an eighteenth successive score of 20 or more in ODIs, (passing Matthew Hayden’s run of 17 20+ scores in 2007.) He then extended his run to nineteen with 107 in the next match before finally falling for 16 in Mumbai. Twelve of Virat’s knocks were also over 50, (8×100, 4×50.) Read more
When Virat Kohli became the thirteenth player to reach 10000 ODI runs yesterday, (see link below), this image appeared on the web soon after to say that he had the highest average at the point of reaching that landmark.
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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
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
“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. Read more
In response to our latest Joe Root/Richie Parrett article, we’ve received the following from Chris Gudgeon…
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: Read more
Slow day yesterday and today so far for news, so time for some more stats…
Recently we published this article, (http://www.stokecc.co.uk/2016/12/23/centuries-making-up-a-large-percentage-of-the-total/), that created a lot of interest and web-site ‘hits’ so we’ve gone a bit further like we did after the initial “100+ for 0 then all out” article to make some comparisons with the professional game. Read more
The Club has received this e-mail from Ian Wellman, (for those who don’t know he was our leading run scorer until a couple of years ago and his late father Derek founded our colts section):
“Just want to add my own personal congratulations to those from other former players of the Club who have all been, I am sure, again watching the Club’s progress again this season. Read more
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! Read more
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.” Read more