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Ten Man Over 40s beaten by Walton

Tuesday 2nd July 2019
Stoke D’Abernon Over 40s 138 for 8 (20 overs)
Walton-on-Thames Over 40s 142 for 5 (16.2 overs)
Walton-on-Thames Over 40s won by 5 wickets

The Over 40s resumed their season after a rain-off and an opposition forfeiture and played well in patches but fell to a five wicket defeat. 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. Read more

Great Effort by the Sunday XI

Sunday 23rd June 2019
Chiswick 229 for 7 (40 overs)
Stoke D’Abernon 213 for 7 (40 overs)
Chiswick won by 16 runs

After Saturday’s League games attention turned to the friendly side of the programme and after a nice chat Chiswick were chosen from those who answered our advert looking for a weaker opposition; we pitched at that level after a couple of defeats last week and a few senior heads away this. Read more

2nd XI Beat Ripley

Saturday 8th June 2019
AJ Fordham Surrey Championship – 2nd XI competition
Stoke D’Abernon 2nd XI 181 for 9 (55 overs)
Ripley 2nd XI 160 all out (42.1 overs)
Stoke D’Abernon 2nd XI won by 21 runs

A sensational win for the 2nd XI who had the worst of the conditions and were behind in the game for long periods. Read more

Kohli v Stoke (2) : Consecutive 20+ Scores

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.)

Has a run of scores of 20 or more of this length ever been achieved by a Stoker? After a trawl of the stats, the short answer is no, but there have been some impressive sequences; the longest being eleven, achieved by Chris Goode and Steve Eggleston. A couple of players will go into the 2019 season with a chance to beat that run. (See later on.)

For the avoidance of doubt, in these scoring runs below, if a player made a score of less than 20 but was not out, or did not bat in a match, we have continued the run but not counted the score of less than 20 or the DNB in the sequence.

Have you made the list? Look for yourself here…

As mentioned above, messers Goode and Eggleston have the longest run…

11 Chris Goode
45 in the last game of 1956 then 50 34 31 65 63 71 63 103* 30 and 77 in his first ten innings in 1957

11 Steve Eggleston
45 36 25 60 22 26* 27 24 and 132 in 1993 – these were all the games he played that season!
He then started 1994 with 44 and 42.

…closely followed by these four sturdy Stoke oaks who have runs of ten innings…

10 Steve Garner
21 34 32 75 32* 46 30 105* 31 89 in 1986

10 Will Gudgeon
22 54* 45 61 34* 19* 30 26 28 26 in 2013 then 50* in his first game of 2014

10 Gavin Johns
40 78 77 58*and 71 at the end of 1996 then 30 155* 43 28 and 67 at the start of 1997

10 Nick Lo
63* 23 22 27 31 38 39 30 61 29 in 2013

A few of Stoke’s all-time leading run-scorers/highest average-holders are in the next group with a run of nine innings, or eight, (Alistair McMillan and Ian Wellman have one of each, Sid Lahiri can boast two runs of eight in successive seasons in the noughties)…

9 Phil Easton
36 31* 59 100* 39 40 69 49* 69* in 1971

9 Alistair McMillan
30 18* 25 38 20 29* 30 11* 32 44* 22 in 1980

9 Ian Wellman
58 89* 39 69 51 44 64 79 61 in 1980

9 Sophie Pout Read more

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.

We were curious as the following question and answer was put to Steven Lynch at CricInfo:

Who took the longest, in terms of matches, to score a century in one-day internationals?
Two South Africans lead the way here: Shaun Pollock finally scored a century in his 285th one-day international, (190th innings), while Mark Boucher got one in his 220th match, (160th innings.)

Next is a rather surprising name: Steve Waugh didn’t make an ODI century until his 187th match, (167th innings.)

Six other players had at least 100 innings before scoring a century: Elton Chigumbura, (159), Arjuna Ranatunga, (144), Angelo Mathews, (115), Brendon McCullum, (109), John Wright, (103), and Sunil Gavaskar (100.)

86 players have made a century at least once for Stoke; only four, (and like Steve Waugh they are surprising names given the number of runs they have scored for the Club), have needed more matches to make a century for Stoke than Pollock did to ton up in an ODI for South Africa : Mike Cooper, Malcolm Dickson, Paul Worsfold and Nigel Edwards.

Eighteen players have needed more than 100 innings to score a century. Alistair McMillan did ‘a Gavaskar’ and scored his first hundred in his 100th innings…or rather Gavaskar did ‘an Ali Mac’ – Gavaskar’s only ODI century was made on 31st October 1987, Ali’s first Stoke ton came against Chessington on the 25th May 1986.

Full details are in the left hand column in this sheet : First Century

In terms of the number of innings; the middle column looks at this and in addition to the four Stokers named above, (less Paul Worsfold who scored his first hundred in his 189th innings), David Willis, Gordon Meredith and Tom Frost complete an illustrious sextet who needed more innings to score a maiden hundred for Stoke than Pollock did for South Africa.

We’ve also re-run the list to show the time taken from date of debut to date of first hundred. This is the third section of data in the sheet. Predictably a few of the same names mentioned above are there again, but there are some distortions with breaks from playing or making a debut at a very young age in senior cricket as a colt. David Willis ‘tops’ the time list having taken 24 years and 293 days to get on to the 100s board…although he started young and did have periods away from the Club. Keep believing if you haven’t made a century for Stoke yet!

So if you’re not on our hundreds board yet, (http://www.stokecc.co.uk/centuries/), keep trying!

At the other end of the scale, many have notched a century quite quickly in their careers. In addition to the four debut centurions, another five players have made a century in their first month with the Club, over a quarter of all centurions have ticked off a century inside ten innings, and nearly a third scored their first century within a year of making their debut.

As always, if you have any stories from any of these games we’d like to hear from you. E-mail stokecc@hotmail.com

Late season fun at Oxshott

Sunday 16th September 2018
Stoke D’Abernon 220 for 5 (40 overs)
Maori Oxshott 222 for 5 (38.4 overs)
Maori Oxshott won by 4 wickets

With the clubs in different divisions in League cricket and the pre-season friendly wiped out by rain it took until mid-September to play a game against our friends and neighbours this year. It was worth the wait, though, as the sides played out an enjoyable match. Stoke took this one deep but the home side timed their run chase well with former Stoker George Depree pulling a six to win to and end his reign as Maori Oxshott’s Sunday skipper.

Peter Phipps took charge of on-field operations and did an excellent job other than denying himself an opportunity, and after the ball nibbled early Malcolm Dickson, (19), and Alistair McMillan, (34), added 44 off the first twelve overs before the former was caught at mid-off trying to go over the top.

Moumer Khara hit the bad ball very hard. He lost McMillan just after the drinks break, but this brought Will Thomson to the crease and he continued his great form. Khara checked out on 37 – leg-before again – but the run rate was now good, Ralph Coleman upping it further by dominating a fourth wicket stand in an all too brief cameo.

This allowed Thomson son and father the chance to bat together; dad seeing son through to 50 before being bowled by Depree for 10. Jeremy Connell, (15 off 9), and Will T then smashed 45 off the last 22 balls to lift the total to 220 for 5; Will’s remarkable weekend ending with an unbeaten 79 from 58 with 14 fours.

After the customary excellent tea, Ben Townsend got Stoke on the board early when Harvey-Samuel guided the second ball of the innings, and his first, to Phipps at slip. Townsend was back to his normal self and deserved more than the solitary wicket in his opening spell.

Shaw and No.3 Thorpe got themselves in and kept Maori Oxshott ahead of the required rate. Phipps tried several bowlers and all did well, but the good pitch and unforgiving short boundaries made for a tough time.

The Thomsons exchanged the keeping gear at drinks and Will got through Thorpe’s defences just shy of what would have been a chanceless half-century to end a stand of 129; but Shaw kept going and found good support from Patel.

Khara slowed things a little and snicked off Shaw for 78, then Harper clubbed a four and a six before somehow finding the keeper who made the catch at leg-slip; and when the returning Townsend, (2 for 37), took a return catch to account for Stephen, Stoke had a sniff at 186 for 5.

The game went as deep as it did as very late call-up Monty Vinall had a first taste of senior cricket. On what would have been a very long afternoon for him he got through four overs at no more than the required innings run-rate; and should be very pleased with his contribution.

With runs running out Will Thomson and Geoff Vinall had one last burst. Vinall snicked off Patel for a well-constructed 39, but there were still 15 balls to get the last nine runs and wickets in hand, one of them Saker who was the ideal man for the job.

The field was up, but Depree took this out of the equation by pulling a Thomson bumper over mid-wicket to end a terrific match played in front of a decent crowd including much appreciated vocal away support from the Morgans.

As is always the case between the two sides, we all had fun and we’ll do it all again next year.

Next week we have two Sunday fixtures in the card so we’ll need everyone! Availabilities in ASAP please so we can manage the oppositions’ expectations and map out two balanced teams.

Scorecard : https://sdacc.play-cricket.com/website/results/3709832

Two Sunday XI Matches – Two Wins! – President 85*

Sunday 9th September 2018
Incredible availability meant that we needed to source an additional Sunday fixture to the one already in the card against Kingstonian. Our friends from Whiteley Village had an ad on the board, and a call to them resulted in a second game being agreed meaning everyone who was available at the time got a chance to play.

Jase Earl skippered the Whiteley Village match, our second trip there this year; Ralphie managed the re-match with Ks and here’s how we got on…

Friendly (1)
Kingstonian 142 all out (34.5 overs)
Stoke D’Abernon 143 for 2 (32 overs)

Stoke D’Abernon won by 8 wickets Read more

500 Games for Malc but Sunday XI Beaten


The last home game of the season ended in defeat but some very good things came from this one, notably contributions from our younger players.

After Thames Ditton progressed to the later stages of the Trust League and needed their pitch we were able to switch the game to Stoke, Hoppy & crew producing a good pitch and Jo extending her season by another week to feed us.

Stoke batted first having won the toss and got a decent start with Moumer Khara and Hamza Hafeez adding 28 before the former was bowled trying to smash first change Moroz out of the parish.

In his 500th appearance for the Club Malcolm Dickson batted with little alarm and hit three nice scoring shots before getting the only ball that jumped all afternoon and gully held on.

Hafeez and Chris Finch batted to drinks, making cautious progress against Ram who conceded just eight runs from his seven overs. Both batsmen fell for 34 and 15 trying to up the rate.

Teague Clarke was another to bat sensibly at the start, but as overs began to run out he became more expansive. He lost Stephen Finch and late call-up Kevin Morgan; but Will Thomson kept the rate high in the closing overs with a quickfire 24.

Inspired by this Clarke and Ben Townsend plundered 33 from the last three overs to lift the total to 193 for 7; Clarke walking off unbeaten on 43; great to see these youngsters playing without fear.

After Jo’s feast the new ball was given to the younger players. Rory Harris and Townsend bowled with a lot of heart but were victims of an important decision; Zain surviving a vociferous appeal for a catch at the wicket after a snorter from Harris ended in keeper Chris Finch’s right glove. The same batsman then smashed the ball to all parts, nearly half of the runs required knocked off inside the first ten overs, and other opener Ahmad making just 15 out of an opening stand of 83.

Needs must and Thomson was thrown the ball and charged in; Khara providing some economy at the other. He got deliveries through Ahmed and Harding; but a scrappy period where the other bowlers weren’t given the greatest support in the field saw Zain pass fifty – shortly after been recalled when given out lbw – and Malins make a scratchy 33; had either of these been dismissed earlier there was the possibility of finding a tail given the assumption that the better players would be in the League match.

After Clarke and Hafeez had a turn and did OK, in one final throw of the dice Thomson and Townsend had another go and took another wicket each before Corvi hit two boundaries to leave Zain stranded on 96 not out.

So a six wicket defeat for a small number of people in the bar afterwards to talk over, 1st XI players who came to support long-gone after the effects if the night before had finally caught up on them, and the opposition uncharacteristically disappearing straight afterwards without buying a drink…and they also forgot to pay their tea money so another item on the do-pad.

We go again next weekend with a run of away games in September to keep the season going. Availability for Saturday and Sunday, please.

Scorecard : https://sdacc.play-cricket.com/website/results/3706962