Tag Archives: Nat Sciver

Dismissing Opposing Opening Bats

Earlier this year Jimmy Anderson dismissed Kragg Brathwaite to pass Glenn McGrath as the bowler to have removed the most opening batsmen in the history of Test Match cricket; the 156th time he has removed an opener for those who like to know numbers.

This got our stats guys interested and we took a look at all the opening bats dismissed by Stoke bowlers in League cricket, (including Trust League and Women & Girls cricket), back to 1972 when we joined the South West London League. Since then we have also played in the Wey Valley League, the Fuller’s Brewery Surrey County League and, since 2009, the Surrey Championship. Read more

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: Read more

Happy New Year

Happy New Year to all our Playing & Social Members, Sponsors and those who also follow us on this site, our Twitter feed and our male & female Facebook pages.

The countdown to the 2019 season is underway – indeed the Over 40s have been netting since pretty much the end of last season right up to Christmas. Contact Kev and Timmy for details of the next sessions there.

Let’s start the year with some good news. Congrats to Nat on being voted in the ICC’s T20 Team of the Year. (Full story here : https://www.icc-cricket.com/news/959051) Nat still stays in contact with the Club where it all began for her, and regularly drops us a line to say that she follows the progress of the ladies team from wherever she is in the globe.

If you fancy being part of the next generation of the Stoke Women’s XI, drop us a line and we’ll give you more details. Players of all ages and abilities are welcome!

At junior level, for those looking to get into, (or back into), the game with the World Cup and The Ashes on home soil this year, please consider joining us. Our superb colts programme is run by enthusiastic and passionate age group managers with coaching provided by senior players including the Overseas.

During the season Friday nights are our designated colts evenings. The BBQ will be on and the bar open for parents who want to enjoy a relaxing end to the week in a vibrant social setting.

We are recognised county and country-wide for growing and developing our senior players. Most of the players in our 1st XI originally joined us as colts. Our current captain, James Trower, joined us as an Under 8 and has led us to three successive promotions in the Surrey Championship, Surrey’s premier competition ladder for clubs. Beneath the 1st XI we are always on the look-out for reinforcements so don’t read this and think we’re being elitist and are only interested in 1st XI players. Cricket for everyone, league & social, at Stoke!

If you need any further information about becoming a member, please e-mail stokecc@hotmail.com and we will put you in touch with the appropriate age group, senior manager, social cricket contact or age group manager.

A warm welcome is guaranteed and we have playing and social members who support all of the Test playing nations so you can expect a banter-filled experience too!

We look forward to hearing from you!

Nat Bats England into the Final

Tricky run chase? What tricky run chase?

24-2 on ragging pitch chasing a small total where runs in the tournament have been at a premium. Solution…go in and knock the rest off for no further loss and see your mate through to a maiden fifty too.

Scorecard with video highlights : http://www.espncricinfo.com/series/8634/scorecard/1150554/england-women-vs-india-women-2nd-semi-final-icc-womens-world-t20-2018-19

(A couple of nice catches in the fielding effort earlier as well.)

World T20 Semi England Scorecard
World T20 Semi England Minicard

Well done Nat and England!

Reserve your TVs for Saturday night, folks!


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

Opened the Batting and the Bowling in the same League Match

Last week’s Ask Steven column on CricInfo looked at people who opened the batting and the bowling in the same ODI. The question and the answer was:

Q : Mehidy Hasan opened the batting and bowling for Bangladesh in the Asia Cup final. How many times has this happened?

A : This particular double is not terribly unusual in ODIs – it’s happened no fewer than 171 times by 45 different players; but Mehidy Hasan was the first to do it for Bangladesh, in the Asia Cup final in Dubai.

The man who did it most frequently was the combative Indian all-rounder Manoj Prabhakar with 45 – almost twice as often as the next on the list, Neil Johnson of Zimbabwe, who managed it 25 times. Mohammad Hafeez has so far done it 13 times for Pakistan, while Tillakaratne Dilshan of Sri Lanka did it 13 times, and Darron Reekers of the Netherlands 12. We should perhaps give a special mention to Frasat Ali, who opened the batting and bowling in every one of East Africa’s official ODIs – all three of them, during the inaugural World Cup in 1975.

So who has done this for Stoke?

In 1st XI League cricket there have been eleven different players to have opened the batting and the bowling in the same match, just seven in 2s league cricket, and four in the Surrey Trust League. In the Under 19 T20 Blast we haven’t played that many games, so only Giacomo Gray and Nico Spreeth have had the honour of being first up in both disciplines.

The full list, including women & girls cricket, and how each player got on is here : Opened Batting and Bowling in Same League Match

As with Steven Lynch’s analysis of ODIs, an Indian tops the Stoke list with Sid Lahiri having opened the batting and the bowling in the same game on 23 occasions. Next comes Tim Handel with ten fewer. You could make a pretty handy Stoke XI with the players on the 1s list, although finding/asking someone to keep wicket might be tricky, and pity the poor captain tasked with sorting out a batting and bowling order to keep everyone happy!

When looking at individual performances; Sid is the only player to complete a match double of 50+ runs and 5+ wickets and is one of only two 1st XI centurions. With the ball only Mike Cooper, Sid, (twice), and Ranga Yasalal have taken a 5-for.

For those who never had the pleasure of meeting Ranga or playing with – or against him on President’s Day – he was our Overseas Player in 1998, (http://www.espncricinfo.com/srilanka/content/player/50264.html & http://sdacc.play-cricket.com/website/player_stats_widget/batting_stats/812632?from=stats&rule_type_id=179), and is an unusual name to appear on the 2nd XI list. Back in the day clubs played each other once in larger divisions, and in seasons where there was an odd number of clubs or a club dropped out/scratched a fixture, on occasion there would be a bye-week and there was no restriction on playing your Overseas in the 2nd XI. Logie took Ranga along to Sinjuns and he helped himself to a big hundred.

In 2nd XI cricket instances are far more rare; in part due to the opening spots having traditionally been filled by people who kept wicket or by players who wouldn’t expect to open the bowling, unless it is to buy wickets or start with the old ball.

Apologies here to Keith Watson who isn’t on the list at all but could fall into some of the above categories having taken an 8-for within his 70 career Club wickets –

http://sdacc.play-cricket.com/website/results/2314698 Read more

Congrats to Nat and the Surrey Stars

Congrats from all at Stoke to Nat and the Surrey Stars.
Runs and wickets in the semi-final for Nat, then more runs in the Final.

Semi Final Scorecard : http://www.espncricinfo.com/series/18820/scorecard/1127423/surrey-stars-vs-western-storm-semi-final-womens-cricket-super-league-2018
Semi-Final Report :

http://www.espncricinfo.com/series/18820/report/1127423/surrey-stars-vs-western-storm-semi-final-womens-cricket-super-league-2018 Read more

Stoke Representation in Surrey Women U17s

Congrats to Anya and Maryam on their selection for the Surrey Women’s Under 17.

On Tuesday Anya batted at No.3 in a successful run chase against a strong Sussex side and we have been sent these pictures of her batting.

Anya Surrey U17 2
Anya Surrey U17 3
Anya Surrey U17 1Anya Surrey U17 4Anya Surrey U17 5

Scorcard : https://surreywomen.play-cricket.com/website/results/3217452

Congrats to both!

Elsewhere mixed results for the Surrey Stars in this year’s Kia Super League but Nat continues to put up good numbers; including this Player of the Match performance with ball and bat against the Southern Vipers.

Scorecard : http://www.espncricinfo.com/series/18820/scorecard/1127417/southern-vipers-vs-surrey-stars-25th-match-womens-cricket-super-league-2018

Table : http://www.espncricinfo.com/table/series/17906/wcsl

People may have also spotted Eva Gray playing in this and the majority of the other matches, another to have played for the Stoke Ladies in her youth.

180 Not Out for Nat as Surrey Women Win Big

Congrats to Nat on her incredible knock for Surrey CCC yesterday, (http://surreywomen.play-cricket.com/website/results/3217170), as reported here on Surrey CCC’s web-site:

Individual brilliance from Surrey and England superstar Natalie Sciver highlighted an astonishing 355 run for Surrey Women over Derbyshire.

Sciver blasted an extraordinary 180 not out from 98 deliveries as Surrey batted first and posted a club record total of 404 for 2 from their 50 overs at Spondon CC.

Her amazing innings was augmented by opener Kirstie White, (80), and Aylish Cranstone, (49 not out), who both played positively to help Surrey maintain a superb run rate throughout.

With such a huge target to defend, Surrey’s bowlers would have been forgiven for not bowling aggressively. However, a fine team effort ensured wickets fell with regularity to secure the crushing win.

After her epic effort with the bat, Sciver also headlined the bowling effort with 3 for 6 from six overs but there were also two wickets for her England team mate Bryony Smith and a scalp each for Hannah Jones, Eva Gray and Beth Kerins.

Derbyshire were unable to keep up with the sustained quality of the Surrey attack, falling hugely behind the run rate before they were bowled out for 50 from just 26.1 overs as Surrey recorded their record breaking win.

Cecily Scutt’s team will be hoping for more of the same when they continue their Bank Holiday travels against Northamptonshire, starting at 11am tomorrow at the County Ground in Northampton.