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2nd XI beaten by League Leaders

Saturday 13th July 2019
AJ Fordham Surrey Championship – 2nd XI competition
Stoke D’Abernon 2nd XI 200 all out (51.5 overs)
Old Hamptonians 2nd XI 203 for 5 (41 overs)
Old Hamptonians 2nd XI won by 5 wickets

Stoke won the toss and decided to have a bat against the top side in the division yesterday. With a strong batting line up we hoped to put up a big score in the knowledge that they would try to chase whatever we got. Read more

2nd XI Draw at Old Emanuel

Saturday 6th July 2019
AJ Fordham Surrey Championship – 2nd XI competition
Stoke D’Abernon 2nd XI 267 for 8 (55 overs)
Old Emanuel 2nd XI 223 for 8 (50 overs)
Match Drawn – ‘Winning Draw’ to Old Emanuel 2nd XI

Stoke’s 2nd XI were left to settle for a losing draw after posting a good total on a benign pitch at Blagdons. To have the opposition eight down after their fast start to the chase was a credit to their stickability. Read more

Sunday Cricket : Two Wins. One run feast, one feast of insanity

Sunday 30th June 2019
Famine to feast again on the availability front and we had numbers to play two Sunday fixtures this weekend, thus avoiding the difficult decision of having to tell a handful of people that they had no game. Plans were hastily changed when the original opposition called an hour after the second fixture was booked to say they couldn’t raise a side; but we found a replacement opposition well known to us selected the sides accordingly.

To say the afternoon was a success was an understatement…

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Stoke D’Abernon 211 for 7 (40 overs)
Hampton Hill 97 all out (29.3 overs)
Stoke D’Abernon won by 114 runs

President Finch looked after matters at HQ and got first use of the pitch used for the previous day’s league match. It still played well and encouraged the batsmen to do the same.

Malcolm Dickson and Alistair McMillan opened the batting, (for the first time this season – a feature on these two will come on a slow news day), but both were gone with 28 on the board.

This provided an early opportunity for Thomas Dennis to get some valuable time in the middle, and he didn’t disappoint, making 54. He lost Neil Foster, (27), along the way; but the run rate remained healthy as the captain continued his great form with 51; Richard Harris chipped in with an unbeaten 30 and others unselfishly gave away their wickets in the pursuit of quick runs. Stoke closed on 211 for 7.

In reply the opposition, who had advertised themselves as weak when the fixture was agreed, never really got going and fell away to 97 all out; but this was as much a credit to the Stoke bowling and fielding. The first five bowlers used all took wickets; Carel Ferreira, (2 for 8), McMillan, (2 for 20), and Rod Thomson, (5-3-9-1), shared the first five.

Chris Finch returned from injury and collected his second best ever bowling figures in his 404th appearance when taking 3 for 11 in four overs. Dennis effected a run out and Rory Harris completed the win by castling No.11. Thanks to Carel for sourcing Louis Lecornu to complete the XI – he was afforded three overs towards the end to make sure everyone had a chance to contribute.

A great afternoon’s work…but this was merely the entrée…

Scorecard : http://sdacc.play-cricket.com/website/results/4063539

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Sunday Defeats (x2) but two Fixtures Fulfilled

Sunday 16th June 2019

Excellent availability after last weekend’s sheets came in led to us investigating a second Sunday fixture. As appears to be the norm the pool of 25 available fell back to 18 once the fixtures had been booked(!) but planning ahead for this we booked in Battersea Eagles for the game at Stoke knowing that if we did have any availability issues, our good friend Khalid Harris would probably be able to bring a spare or two – after a ring around of our own for extra resources we sent an XI to Thames Ditton, (although the curse continued as only ten showed!), and gave Stoke debuts to two loan signings at the Rec.

So two medium strength teams fell back to XIs of lesser strength at the time the coins were tossed, but the sides were not without ability and despite losing both games, this was an overall success as had we not gone for the extra game half a dozen or so guys would not have got the chance to play and we got to meet a couple of newbies who should bolster player numbers.

So to the cricket…

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Battersea Eagles 194 all out (40 overs)
Stoke D’Abernon 111 all out (33.5 overs)

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Duncs on the Surrey Honours Board

Congrats to Duncs for making it on to the Surrey Bowling Honours Board for his spell of 7 for 44 to help us beat Ripley last Saturday.

Those not following our Twitter feed may also have missed comment that before Duncs took his 5th wicket, this was the live list of Stokers with the most Club wickets but no 5-for:

Tom Gudgeon 91
Duncan Elder 90*
Baz Medlycott 89
Jack Townsend 85
Rod Thomson 76
Jim Hancock 70
Robert Beattie 66
Paddy Engelen 66
Ian Tyrell 65
Dom Lloyd 57
Rosie McEwing 53
Moumer Khara 52
Ben Townsend 50
Nat Sciver 49





Roddy, Gluckers and Others do well at Cheam but 2s lose by 67

Saturday 1st June 2019
AJ Fordham Surrey Championship – 2nd XI competition
Cheam 2nd XI 237 for 9 (50 overs)
Stoke D’Abernon 2nd XI 170 all out (40.5 overs)
Cheam 2nd XI won by 67 runs

Stoke’s 2nd XI lost an important toss and were committed to 50 overs’ hard labour at Cheam on a hot afternoon.

An opening stand of 78 gave the hosts a nice platform; but it was soon 86 for 3; and Stoke continued to chip away; 120 for 5, then 155 for 7, and even 199 for 9 was a credible effort; wickets shared by Roddy Kelso, (3 for 43), Raja Singh, (3 for 45), Jack Townsend, (2 for 54), and Dan Gluckman, (10-1-32-1); but McManus repeated his party trick of late order runs against Stoke and made an unbeaten 62 to help post a final total of 237 for 9. Earlier in the piece Ben Townsend bowled well and was unlucky to see a difficult slip chance go to ground.

The winning post ultimately proved too far away after tea despite Roddy Kelso, (62), and Dan Gluckman, (31), setting things up after the loss of two early wickets. After that no other batsmen made it past 15 and Cheam only conceded half the extras Stoke did in completing a 67 run win.

Next week’s home game against Ripley is already looking like a must win.

Scorecard : https://sdacc.play-cricket.com/website/results/3753478





Better than Yasir Shah?

After Yasir Shah’s 14 wicket haul last week an article appeared on the web, (see foot of this post), suggesting that he is probably going to be the fastest ever to take 200 Test wickets. His current count is 195 at an average of 28.23 and a strike rate of 54.45. All this from just 62 innings bowled in his 32 Test career that is just over 4 years old. Decent.

We took a look at our Club stats to see how we compared and the answer is…very favourably!

Roy Johns needed 74 games to reach 200 wickets, (he didn’t bowl in four of them), and his strike rate, (24.93), was more than double that of Yasir’s. Roy’s average for his first 200 wickets was also an incredible 9.36!

Although Yasir has played in fewer games and bowled in fewer innings he has the advantage of unlimited overs and the chance to bowl out the tail twice in a match.

Three other Stokers have needed less than 100 games to reach 200 wickets; Phil Johnson, Jack Massey and Ken Hutchinson. Note they are all from previous generations when the standard of pitches and opposition that we played on and against wasn’t always as high as they are today; although let’s not take anything away from them.

When looking at strike rates, Ollie Hood and Phil Easton are the only two bowlers who needed less than four overs to take a wicket; Ollie’s career strike rate and average for his first 200 wickets staying pretty consistent for his next 467.

Here is the complete list of Stokers with more than 200 wickets; sorted by how few games played to get there, the strike rates and time taken to get to the landmark : 200th Wicket Analysis
The Strike Rates are approximate as we can’t tell the exact over or ball that the 200th wicket was taken

Let’s also look at the current Stokers not on the list who are approaching 200 career wickets:

Toby Tarrant 181 in 126 games; average 19.64; strike rate 29.83
Jack Raimondo 172 in 337 172 / 22.76 / 28.61
Alex Bond 171 in 158 / 22.14 / 33.56
Tim Handel 166 in 174 / 23.89 / 34.96
Jase Earl 155 in 179 / 22.97 / 34.58
Averages and strike rates still better than Yasir Shah!

One who could buck the trend and join the list of players from yesteryear is Nico Spreeth who has a strike rate of 22.13 for his 174 wickets, (average 16.22), but he has already needed 122 games to get there, (having bowled in 105 innings), so won’t top the list of fewest games.

Further down the list Shawn Dyson has 78 wickets from 39 games and currently only needs to bowl just over 4.1 overs to take each of his wickets, so he could threaten the above if he continues or improves in future seasons.

Another to watch is Jack Townsend. If he makes his expected return to playing action next season he could improve on his 79 wickets from 67 appearances and a strike rate of 28.05.

Test Match v ODI
Yasir’s figures relate to the Test arena. What about ODIs? In the shorter format no player has got to 200 wickets in less than 100 games. Saqlain Mushtaq managed it in 104 and is the only player to do so in less than five years, needing 3 years 249 days to get there. Keep an eye on Afghanistan’s Rashid Khan, though, who has 118 ODI wickets in just 52 appearances.

Only five Stokers have reached 200 wickets in less than five years; Hutchinson and Easton, (the latter crammed 138 appearances into three years and 49 days!), got there quicker than Saqlain; Johns, Alan Rutland and Mike Cooper complete that quintet. Coops might have got there even quicker had he bowled more than nine wicketless overs in the whole of his third season of bowling in 1983.

The ODI list is here : http://stats.espncricinfo.com/ci/content/records/283535.html

As Stoke play pretty much all one-day/innings matches, it is arguable that the ODI list could form a better comparison, but it some ways it would be hypocritical as we play many timed/unlimited overs matches too and the players on the above CricInfo list are capped at ten overs, (or 11/12 for those who played in the old days of 55 and 60 over ODIs.)

We’ll let you decide how you interpret the above, but in conclusion we think that in many cases are bowlers are better than Yasir Shah!

Article : https://www.thecricketer.com/Topics/pakistan/yasir_shah_pacesetter_pakistans_spinner_poised_to_break_82_year_old_test_record.html
Yasir Shah :

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Gareth T and Sid in The Times

The Townsend brothers are doing great things at Stoke and getting good local media coverage; but, Dad and Sid appear to have upped the ante by recently getting a mention in The Times:

Townsend and Lahiri in The Times
You may need to click on the image to enlarge it depending on what device you are reading this on.

Alternatively the article is on line here : https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/how-surrey-talent-factory-is-rejuvenating-england-z5hmrwf8j

Well done to all!